iPhone 5 thinner, with larger screen

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Expected new aspect ratio may pose an issue for current iOS apps

Apple’s next generation iPhone will likely feature a larger 4-inch screen, while being 20% thinner than the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S has been selling like hotcakes across the globe since its launch. However, sales numbers are poised to rise substantially higher when the company unveils its next iPhone version that may be called iPhone 5 or something else. This will likely happen during the second half of 2012.

The next iPhone will be the newest A+ upgrade. It is largely believed that the next generation device will support 4G LTE. In addition to that, there are increasingly credible media reports pointing to a newer iPhone version with a larger screen. The next generation iPhone will feature a larger, or more precisely, 4-inch screen according to high-tech commentators the web. Screen sizes are now measured on the diagonal. So, Apple will reportedly increase the screen size not by making it wider, but making it longer. Additionally, the new iPhone will be thinner than the iPhone 4S. This is naturally suggested, as the iPad 3 launched thinner than the iPad 2.

Approximate measurements of the new iPhone are estimated at 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm. This represents a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and identical width.

According to media sources, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. The design it is expected to echoe the current-generation iMac.

Such new specifications will mark the first time Apple will change the 3.5-inch screen that has graced every iPhone model until this  moment. It also means that the next generation iPhone will have a new aspect ratio, which may eventually pose an issue for current iOS apps.

In addition, the new device will reportedly make use of Gorilla Glass 2, thereby enabling the iPhone to be 20% thinner while providing the same type of strength as the original Gorilla Glass.

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