iPhone 5 Will Sport Metal Back With Smaller Than 4-inch Screen?

So far we’ve heard conflicting reports about next generation iPhone’s form factor.

According to some reports including the purported iPhone 5 case design have indicated that the next generation iPhone will be completely redesigned and will look more like iPod Touch 4G rather than iPhone 4.

While, some reports claim that fifth generation iPhone will come with improved specifications such as faster processor, 8-megapixel camera etc. just like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, but won’t feature an all-new design and will look like iPhone 4.

Some reports have also claimed that iPhone 5 will sport a larger 3.7 inch or 4-inch screen (diagonally) instead of a 3.5-inch screen. But, Taiwanese publication DigiTimes reports today that according to their sources from upstream panel suppliers, iPhone 5 won’t come with a larger screen.

The rumored specifications of iPhone 5 include a 4- to 4.2-inch HD touch panel, 8-megapixel camera, Full HD video recording, A5 dual-core processor and new ultra-thin industrial design; however, the sources believe that the leaked specifications are rather the market’s expectations for iPhone 5. The sources pointed out that the upcoming iPhone will not have many differences compared to iPhone 4 in terms of components and the panel will still be less than 4-inch.

DigiTimes reports that according to their sources, iPhone 5 will come with a 3.5 to 3.7-inch panel, but with a thinner bezel, which will make the screen look larger.

DigiTimes also reports that iPhone 5 will sport a metal back, instead of a glossy glass back like iPhone 4. This might go down well with users who have replaced their iPhone 4’s glass back panel with a metal back.

What about you? Would you prefer iPhone 5 with a metal back or with a glossy back?

[via DigiTimes]

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  • xavier

    hate these rumors ..

  • Dennis

    I’d rather it look like an iPhone 4.
    I find it sexy, others might not.

    • Ben

      then get something else.

  • Richard Ackley

    I don’t care, I don’t care about any of that. I’d rather it be UNLOCKED, have a replaceable battery and not drop calls.

    • Ben

      then get something else

  • ricky

    i just want a bigger screen

    • psp

      ipad for u?

  • Farfelu

    I want a screen on both side and I want “fringe” style bluetooth earpiece and I want ios to be used on my tv remote conttrol. Then i want all the women to be on ios.
    I could see them both side control them anytime then jailbreak them to make me king.
    Is that too much to ask?

  • Dallas

    I want it to look exactly like the pic at the top of this page…Awesome!!!

  • mkimid

    Screen size will not be changed (maybe very small for what?) because the retina display is the major sales point. Even competitior will support larger and higher pixel counts to support the retina resolution. iOS device is not free for the non-integer ratio scale up.
    If they want to use a steal back panel, they should resolve the antenna interference first, actually, it is one of big challenge also.

  • To be honest I think when you get to a 4″ screen it just becomes too large. Phones stop fitting in lots of pockets, it becomes harder to hold, it’s just not something I like. I’d much rather it stay the same, or very slightly larger, size with the ‘padding’ becoming smaller.

  • its all over

    iphone 5

    it will still be locked
    it will be impossible to jailbreak since limera1n wont work on new stuff like ipad 2

    6mm bigger screen a5 processor, upgraded camara
    thats it

    same crap

  • Badlands

    If you don’t put a bigger screen, I don’t see it’s worth upgrading. camera is nice and a little faster but if my iPhone 4 can handle ios5 I can’t see a big enough change for an upgrade

  • EasyE

    Bigger screen would be nice.
    I’m debating on weather I want to sell the white 4 for the 5, we’ll see.

  • Peter

    If it doesn’t come with a larger screen I think I going to pass.

  • solferico

    I’m one of those who thinks that iPhone 4 design is just great and designs returning to original iPhone with metal back is a mistake. Phone size is perfect ( I find galaxy and so too big) but it would be great if screen could get a bit bigger without affecting phone size.
    What I want is new features like NFC, LTE or 1080p recording smoothly integrated (not like crappy android) in the device together with some more processing power.

    And of course… A little jailbreak!!

  • Zolk

    I’d like an unlocked bootloader 😛

  • tCricket

    If the iPhone 5 does not have at least a 4″ or larger screen, I’m ditching apple completely and going with a Samsung Galaxy S II. Apple needs to step it up and remain a high end smartphone competitor, not a Wal-Mart special budget rate piece of last years garbage that the iPhone has become! It’s supposed to be a smartphone, with rich multimedia and web capabilities, yet they hold onto the small screen size of the original iPhone while all the other smartphone manufacturers are moving ahead to larger screens with sleek designs an more functionality. Get with the program Apple!!

    • Zang

      Oh, the same Galaxy S2 that has had an injunction against sales at moment put against them?

    • Zang

      Also those bigger phones are crap… Me and friends constantly laugh at them, reason being?

      Kids also can use phones, and also not everyone comes built with huge hands… If the iphone were much bigger, I wouldn’t even be able to HOLD the damn thing! Also, he can fit it into his XXL jeans but not without struggle…. I mean that is pathetic size wise…

      The Samsung that my friend has I have to hold with 2 hands else I feel scared of dropping the damn thing… And no, I’m not a kid, I’m in my twenties…

  • fas

    It will never have a replaceable battery out of the box.