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New iPhone will have four-inch screen and play HD video, latest reports

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A mockup by iLounge of the larger iPhone

Fresh details have emerged on the design of the new Apple iPhone, first reported on the iLounge website last week that claim to be from a “reliable source”.

If they turn out to be true, then it’s quite a coup for Jeremy Horwitz, the iLounge writer who has broke the news that the next iPhone will have a four-inch screen with a new aspect ratio, possibly 16 x 9,  the same shape as typical HDTVs.

Mashable’s Charlie White says “it’s about time, since its inception, the iPhone screen has been shaped in the old-timey 4 x 3 ratio, the same as ancient standard definition TVs”.

The iLounge report also claims that the new iPhone will be 10mm (1/3 inch) taller that the iPhone 4S with dimensions of 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm,  and significantly thinner than its predecessor by 2mm.

“That doesn’t sound like much,” says White, but that would be 20% thinner than the current model.”

“According to our source,” says Horwitz, “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 [below] provides a rough idea of what this change will look like; it echoes the current-generationiMacdesign, to be sure.”

A mockup by iLounge of the larger iPhone

The iLounge exclusive appears to rubbish earlier reports of a teardrop shape, but perhaps fits in with other rumours of the back casing made from  a futuristic material known as LiquidMetal.

Horwitz also notes that the new iPhone is expected to be made partially from Gorilla Glass 2, which can be manufactured thinner with identical strength to the earlier iPhones’ Gorilla Glass, or at the same thickness with greater strength.

Another significant development is that the new iPhone will have a new dock connector. The new port will be a little larger than the bottom speaker or microphone hole on the iPhone 4/4S, claims Horwitz.

“It’s believed to have fewer pins than the prior 30-pin Dock Connector, perhaps only 16, and the shape of the hole is apparently closer to a pill shape than the prior rounded rectangle. It will be used on all upcoming devices, including an update to the iPod touch that’s expected this year, and will almost certainly feature a similarly updated screen and CPU.”

As John Brownlee at Wired’s Gadget Lab, wrote, “Concept designs for future iPhones are a dime a dozen and usually look like something Syd Mead might have slapped together after a glue-induced aneurysm. But iLounge’s concept looks pretty good. It may not prove to be an accurate prediction in the end, but it’s a sensible proposal.”

Will the new iPhone play HD video without ‘letterboxing’? This is where the rumours become really interesting for us smart movie makers and Brownlee points out that the single best outcome based on recent mockups of various apps and functions is that the new 9:5 proportion would allow the new iPhone to play 16:9 video with just a slight 7 pixel black border on the sides as opposed to the current screen proportion’s 50 pixels top and bottom.

“This aligns with some emerging trends: the increased consumption of video on smartphones and Apple’s gradual shift from making software and devices for the creators of content to the consumers of content,” he says.

A larger screen will also create more space internally for a new LTE chipset and larger battery to power it. The New iPad’s embrace of LTE makes incorporating it into the next iPhone an obvious decision, says another Apple watcher, Anthony Wing Kosner, a contributor to Forbes magazine.

As for latest release rumours about the new iPhone, they have been pushed back until this autumn, so I guess the wait continues until the day Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the new device to at one of the company’s ‘special events’.

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