Rumour: iPhone 5 will have teardrop design [Update]

Joshua Topolsky, the former editor-in-chief of the Engadget, is reporting that a source has leaked information about the iPhone 5 specifications and hardware styling. The article explains how the "design of the phone is set to radically change" and that his sources have revealed that the new handset will actually look more like an iPod touch rather than an iPhone. "The phone will be thinner than the iPhone 4, and may have a “teardrop” shape which goes from thick to thin (something along the lines of the MacBook Air profile)," Topolsky said.

Based on the information provided, which the image above is based on, the new phone will most likely have little to no bezel and will feature a 3.7 inch screen while "keeping the current resolution" but lowering "pixel density from 326 to 312" meaning a drop of 13ppi.

Last week Verizon's Fran Shammo commented about the next iPhone while answering a question from an analyst over changes in the company’s margins. "The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market" said Shammo. Topolsky explains how this information falls "perfectly in line" with previous speculation and hints that the next iPhone may well be the first to properly utilise Qualcomm’s dual Gobi chipset.

Image credit: Thisismynext

Update: The source has added that "the taper is probably a little exaggerated in the mockup (that’s thanks to our so-so Photoshopping skills), and we’re not saying the backing will be metal, like the iPod touch. That’s simply the basis for this image."

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Wow everyone says this is ugly, yet it if the real device is anything like this mockup I might actually get one.

The only thing wrong with the mockup is that they used Samsung's design for the home button.

Apple just patented their iPhone 4 design! I very much doubt that this is going to be the design for the iPhone 5 but maybe the next generation of the iPod. I mean didn't Apple also patent the side swipe gestures for the iPod? I almost feel that this is 100% iPod design with a Photoshop edit of the iPhone home screen.

Bad design, definitely not the final design. iPhone 4 looks much more 'matture', and the design is great. I think they will slimdown a little bit the iPhone 4 design and fix the antenna issues.

SubZenit said,
Bad design, definitely not the final design. iPhone 4 looks much more 'matture', and the design is great. I think they will slimdown a little bit the iPhone 4 design and fix the antenna issues.

It's not a "design", period. It's a mockup by a tech site.

Horrible, although it may not be so bad if they're using aluminum for the backing instead of the scratch magnets in use for iPods.

Looks like it would snap in half the first time it was accidentally dropped. Plus I have to agree with an earlier poster - there's no way they're ever fitting any battery in that thing. I can't believe that the technology exists today to make something that thin, functional, with a decent battery, and remain usable. Maybe in 10 - 20 years but not now.

Engadget has already posted an update:

Update: The source has been updated with a note indicating that the bevel may be "a little exaggerated" in the above mock-up and that the back may not be metal after all.

Nice to know that all these new 'new reporters' are doing these days is picking up stories from other sites and reposting them.

Why are people calling a MOCKUP a fake? ...the picture its just a mock up calm down... Seeing an actual phone in the flesh may give it a different perspective... however it will still sell millions no matter how it looks.

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
Does it run on solar power? Cause no way they're going to cram any more than 3 hours of use in that thing..\o/

I assume that u have never used the iPod touch 4th generation. It has 48 hrs audio playback and 7 hrs video playback.

WiCkeD SaM said,

I assume that u have never used the iPod touch 4th generation. It has 48 hrs audio playback and 7 hrs video playback.

I assume you forgot about the constant draw of a 3G radio

cybertimber2008 said,
I assume you forgot about the constant draw of a 3G radio

Lol. SaM clearly forgot about the obvious differences between Apples and Oranges when he made the comparison on battery life

Looks so far off from anything I could imagine Apple doing. Especially that side view showing it getting thinner at the bottom.

No way...

I don't know...the home button and top speaker/camera are starting to look like even more like Samsung's variation which could explain Apple's sue.

That is one hell of a massive home button though...whether this is an early mock-up and buttons are intended to be added either side, a track pad each side of the button or indeed, it is fake.

"The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market" said Shammo.

Then Maybe Verizon should work a little harder at getting phones when other carriers get them? Like WP7??? They're falling behind by choice...

Tony. said,
Title should be "iPhone 5 design mock-ups", seriously, I don't see it looking like that.

Erm, No. The story is about information that has leaked about the phone, not about the mock-up picture used to try to illustrate that information.

What part of "Mock-up" do people not understand?

The rumours are getting contradictory now. Last time I checked, it was supposed to look like an iphone 4 with a different antenna design.

Julius Caro said,
What part of "Mock-up" do people not understand?

The rumours are getting contradictory now. Last time I checked, it was supposed to look like an iphone 4 with a different antenna design.

Yes it's a mockup, but they have talked for a long time of having an edge-to-edge screen. So that part reflects the reality. The side view is really scary though, even for a mockup !...

PyX said,

Yes it's a mockup, but they have talked for a long time of having an edge-to-edge screen. So that part reflects the reality.

Arguably, it's appropriate to comment on whether this looks ugly or not. However, it does not make sense to post "fake" (or similar) unless you're an idiot and/or you are unable to read a few paragraphs.

Looks good IMO, but I'm calling a big fake on this one. How can they fit so many components in such a small form factor? If it happens, I'll fall on my ass right away.

Bs...first off there is no support for the glass with that little of a bezel...plus you would b accidently touching the screen too much...second..no way in hell apple would step backwards from a better retina display..just no way...late april fools joke i guess...or has topolsky gone off the deep end ?

No way that's real. Topolsky should really know better than this. I very much believe the earlier reports that the iPhone 5 will very much look like the 4 with very minor changes and an antenna change likely. That thing above doesn't even look comfortable to sit in the hand. and I still don't believe the full width screen. But, I guess we'll see. Got a few more months. And if this post is any indication, it's going to be a long few months...

I do believe the world phone rumors, though...

Fake... One, I have never seen a phone that thin as I doubt they can get a 5mp Sensor and all that into a size like that. Otherwise we'd have a 5mp in the iPod Touch 4G.
More than that, it's just UGLY.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Fake... One, I have never seen a phone that thin as I doubt they can get a 5mp Sensor and all that into a size like that. Otherwise we'd have a 5mp in the iPod Touch 4G.
More than that, it's just UGLY.

if iPod Touch had a 5MP Cam, its price would have been higher.

Steve Jobs and his obsession with iDevices getting thinner with every new generation of the device. Does it have to do something with his frustration over his pancreatic cancer that made him thinner?

qdave said,
that looks hideous. Definately fake.

You do know what the term "mockup" means, right? By definition it does not show the "real" product.

Ugly. I quite like the look of the iPhone 4, though I have a Galaxy S for what it's worth. For the sake of Apple fans I hope this isn't the new design.