iPhone 5 rumors are in full swing this time of year. After previous reports suggested the iPhone 5 would take its styling from its predecessor, today we’ve learned this couldn’t be further from the truth. The iPhone 5 will pack a 3.7-inch display, MacBook Air “teardrop” styling and the chrome backing which made the iPod touch famous. Can you dig it?
When the Engadget team disassembled last month, the departure resulted in the formation of a new site (in partnership with SBNation) thisimynext.com. For now the site serves as a placeholder, hosting long-form write ups and reviews from some of our favorites, previously under the AOL umbrella. Today the site dropped a bombshell.
The iPhone 5 is currently in prototype testing and among the rumored features is a gesture area in place of the hardware home button. We know Apple is testing new gestures in iOS 4.3 with App Store developers, so the news is not a total shock, but what is appears on the rear of the phone. Drawing from the iPod touch styling, the backing to the iPhone 5 is chrome and changes in thickness from thick to thin like the new MacBook Air.
The new display is 3.7-inches, but keeps the same resolution. As expected, the slight jump leaves the display within the 300 ppi required to be “Retina”. For developers, keeping the same resolution means no changes will need to be made to their Apps — this is a good thing. Other rumored features include wireless/inductive charging and NFC.