iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz has learned new details about Apple's next generation iPhone. Horwitz claims that Apple is ditching the rumored “teardrop-shaped iPhone 5” for a longer and thinner glass-bodied design. According to Horwitz, the new iPhone will be made partially from Gorilla Glass 2, and feature a flat, not curved, metal panel on the rear of the phone.
The iPhone 5 (or iPhone 6) will be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S measuring at 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm - that's 10mm longer and 2mm thinner than the current models.
"The change in height will include a lengthening of the prior 3.5” screen to roughly 4” on the diagonal. As the new iPhone won’t widen, this appears to confirm that Apple will change the new iPhone’s aspect ratio for the first time since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007, adding additional pixels to the top and bottom of the screen. A change of this sort took place between the fourth and fifth generations of the iPod nano, but didn’t impact any third-party software."
Horwitz also confirmed rumors that Apple is ditching the 30-pin Dock Connector for a new possible 16-pin Dock Connector. The new port will be slightly larger than the iPhone 4's speaker and be "closer to a pill shape." The new Dock Connector will also be featured on the updated iPod touch Apple is expected to release later this year.
If we have learned anything from last year's iPhone 5 debacle it's to take every early next-generation Apple report with a grain of salt. There is still a lot of time between now and fall when Apple is expected to release their new iPhone.