Alleged schematics of Apple iPhone 5 case shows larger home button, curved back

Alleged schematics of Apple iPhone 5 case shows larger home button, curved back
While the design of the Apple iPhone 4 has received high praise, if some schematic designs for an Apple iPhone 5 case obtained by MobileFun are for real, the next generation model of Apple's touchscreen phone looks to be taking a step back in time. With the back of the device curved like the Apple iPad 2, the rounded back design brings back memories of the iPhone 3GS.

But that doesn't mean that Apple is bringing back an older model. The screen size appears to be increased to a range of 3.7 to 4 inches, up from the current 3.5 inch display size. As expected, the screen will be edge to edge allowing Apple to use every possible inch of real estate to increase the size of the screen while keeping the phone a decent size. Back in May, we reported that a prototype of the phone showed such a screen design.

It should be interesting to seen how Apple handles the resolution of a larger screen, if they keep the 300ppi needed for the display to be a Retina Display. If the screen is expanded to 3.7 inches and the 640 x 960 resolution remains the same, the ppi will be 312, down from the current 326, but still enough to be called a Retina Display. Talk of a gesture based home button would explain the larger size of the button in the schematics.

MobileFun says that according to the design document, side buttons have been moved to the opposite side and the lock button is now near the camera and the volume controls are more than half way down the side of the phone. That doesn't seem apparent from the schematic design. MobileFun also theorizes that the lock and volume buttons could be touch sensitive and that the Apple logo on the back could be the antenna.

Just before every Apple iPhone has been announced, leaks start to increase in number and in accuracy. We might not be able to glean information from a prototype found in a bar like last year, but information from case manufacturers has historically proven to be quite accurate. And to make things more interesting, a second case manufacturer provided MobileFun with a picture of one of their cases allegedly made for the Apple iPhone 5. The openings correspond nicely with the schematics.

source: MobileFun via 9to5Mac, RedmondPie

Schematics supposedly for an Apple iPhone 5 case (L) reveals a change in design from the current model, a different case manufacturer shows off its product for the Apple iPhone 5
Schematics supposedly for an Apple iPhone 5 case (L) reveals a change in design from the current model, a different case manufacturer shows off its product for the Apple iPhone 5

Schematics supposedly for an Apple iPhone 5 case (L) reveals a change in design from the current model, a different case manufacturer shows off its product for the Apple iPhone 5



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52 Comments

1. iFake unregistered

I don't think Steve Jobs would ever let the home button be an ugly ass oval shape like that.

5. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

If the home button is gesture based it may not be a physical button, which would mean it wouldn't be oval shaped but the touch sensitive portion may be oval shaped. Being capacitive would mean ots basically invisible but would need an oval shaped opening for the button on cases

32. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

48. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

thats what i was inferring. but thx for saying it, i couldnt articulate it at the time.

43. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

edit.......

2. Just observing unregistered

"Back in May, we reported that a prototype of the phone showed such a screen design" Don't break any arms patting yourselves on the back. You've published any and all iPhone rumors since Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden.

53. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I have no idea what you're on about.

3. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I expect Apple to raise the bar on their already award winning design. Can't wait to see it.

10. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

The iPhone 4 is an award-winning design, that's for sure! Too bad, it wasn't originally Apple's design and it was Garmin who won the award, does this look familiar??? http://red-dot.org/2791.html?&cHash=de5e1220d7f00b294bd00b01cdcc541b&detail=7398 http://nexus404.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads2/2010/07/iphone-4-jailbreak-unlock.jpg Garmin nüvi 3790T won that design award long before the iPhone 4 was even released. Seriously, they want to sue Samsung for copying elements of design?? Garmin should be suing Apple!

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

run along junior with your half baked pos crapdroid

20. android_hitman unregistered

stop trolling around

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I agree nexus should stop trolling and find a different hobby

28. Are You Sure? unregistered

Not to be shallow and off topic, but if that picture of NeXoS is real, she's the most attractive troll I've ever seen on Phone Arena. :-)

24. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Garmin is a GPS. Not an Android device. So nice try, Smart One.

39. Laurynas unregistered

So what taht it is GPS ?

54. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Does it have to be an Android device? No. Point is Apple is just like Microsoft, stealing designs and other stuff from other companies and announcing it as their own and then being arrogant and smug enough to sue any other competition in order to scare them off. Bullies. This is no surprise, seeing as their CEO Steve Jobs stole the W.I.M.P. UI from Xerox in Palo Alto in the first place anyway. Taco, go find something sensible to say in order to defend Apple instead of insulting NeXoS. Don't embarrass your fellow Apple fans.

25. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Ok taco made a very good point about a very designed based companies excellent design and then nexos comes along saying the copied garmin. Im surprised taco didnt go off on this one.

44. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

interesting that nexos came in and took a shot at Apple for no reason yet the trolls are thumbing him up and me down. Time to go into battle mode I guess.

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Umm, the side buttons are on the exact same side they are now except for the vibrate switch......

7. matistight

Posts: 911; Member since: May 13, 2009

Thank you for not being the only one to catch that too. The camera is already under the power button... If the buttons are touch sensitive, then how'd they make a case???

6. apple fanboys are lame unregistered

Ugly...like all their phones.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

dude don't hate, apple has made some improvements on their latest iphone

51. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I personally hate the Apple, except for Ipods, but even I can admit that their build quality is excellent. Software and the fanboys however...not so much.

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Honestly why would the home button need to be any bigger? That's just wasted room where the screen could be.

31. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

I think that's a sensor and not a home button.

11. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Apple is not going to lower their resolution for sure

12. alecgale

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

it won't lower the resolution just the ppi and it wouldn't even be noticeable

13. alecgale

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

does anyone actually even want a home button because i hate physical buttons on all of phones

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I do it's useful to use the phone one handed

34. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

...True! What makes me wonder, if the sensor technology that has been rumored to be present on the iP5 - nice improvement- actually comes with it, would you need to use both hands almost at all times to manage it?

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