iPhone 5 will grow 8mm in length to accommodate a new 4in screen, according to rumours on iLounge that conjure the shape of the next Jesus mobe out of the mists of speculation.
According to the site's sources, the iPhone 5 is likely to have the same flat edges as the 4, which means that we won't get the teardrop-style tapered edges that fanbois were expecting.
That smoother design was shelved because the battery needed to power LTE, or next-gen mobile broadband, connections is bulkier and requires the extra space. Insiders also say that the casing will be aluminium, just like the iPod Touch.
Apparently, revision 5 is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production.
In fondleslab news: the iPad 3 will be slightly thicker than the current one by 0.77mm. The extra fraction of a millimetre is needed to accommodate the electronics behind the ultra high resolution display promised for the next tablet.
LTE-compatibility on the iPhone and the bump-up in screen resolution on the iPad would be credible next steps for the gadgets, but the change in screen size from 3.5 inches to 4 would be a big move for Apple and would see the company turn against the final wishes of Steve Jobs. Apparently he blocked the idea of stretching the screen last year because he didn't want to fragment the experience on the iOS system. It remains to be seen how Apple will resolve that issue. ®