Rumor: Next iPhone to feature 4-inch display, will also be thinner and taller

Posted on May 4 2012 - 12:55am by Mike Wewerka

Yeah, yeah, yeah… so the next iPhone will have a 4-inch display and will be thinner, yet taller… we’ve heard this all before, but yet the rumors continue. This time the report comes from iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz, who’s actually been pretty reliable when it comes to iPhone/iPad rumors. Horwitz says that Apple will keep the width on the iPhone about the same, but will increase the smartphone’s height to make room for the new 4-inch display. It will also apparently be about 20% thinner than the current iPhone 4S, which would put its thickness somewhere around the range of about 7.4mm thick.

What we’ve learned: the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm—a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width. According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic. Our artist’s rendition provides a rough idea of what this change will look like; it echoes the current-generation iMac design, to be sure.

 Rumor: Next iPhone to feature 4 inch display, will also be thinner and taller

While Horwitz says the next iPhone’s back will incorporate glass and metal, you can rest assure that if this is true, it won’t look like the mockup above. I highly doubt Jonathan Ive and his amazing design team would re-use the design frame from the iPhone 4, for a third time.

We’re still months away from an iPhone announcement, so you can fully expect these rumors and specs to change at least a half a dozen more times. If history has shown us anything in regards to Apple and the iPhone, it’s that things can change right up until the day of its announcement, so we suggest taking every iPhone rumor with a gain of salt, regardless of the source.

(Header image is only a mockup)