(NEW YORK) — The Liquidmetal iPhone 5 concept might not be real, but there are substantial rumors surfacing Friday concerning the next iPhone.
The Apple news site iLounge says sources say the next version of Apple’s mobile phone will have a larger 4-inch screen (the current iPhone has a 3.5-inch display), a metal back, and a new dock connector.
“The new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S,” iLounge’s Jeremy Horowitz reports. He also says that it will have a new back; it will have a metal panel, but won’t be curved as other reports have suggested.
It is also said that the new phone will use the second generation of Gorilla Glass, the durable glass that covers the current iPhone. Gorilla Glass 2 is thinner, but provides the same protection.
Lastly, iLounge reports that the phone will have a new dock connector. The new charging port is said to use fewer pins and be smaller.
Apple is expected to release the next iPhone in the second half of the year, perhaps in September, close to a year after the iPhone 4S was released. Apple has not said anything publicly about the next version of its iPhone.
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