Apple’s next iPhone design is said to be far from being finalized. According to iMore Apple’s prototyping process is to blame as Apple tests multiple variations of a device before it’s actual release.
The iPhone 5 is said to be getting a complete redesign with speculation on an aluminum brush like design similar to Macbooks. The screen will indeed be getting bigger but no larger than 4 inches.
Contradicting reports of Apple getting rid of the home button it is said the round little dot we’ve come accustomed to will still be plopped on the lower portion of the new iPhone.
A 7-inch miniature iPad is said to be launching during October alongside the new iPhone. Apple plans to use the smaller iPad to counter the Amazon Kindle and many other smaller tablets.
Despite some rumors to the contrary, according to our sources Apple still hasn’t finalized the design of the next generation iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple ends up calling iPhone 5,1). No giant screen. No 16:9 aspect ratio. No metal back.
Apple typically makes extensive use of the prototyping process, which could well be the source of inconsistent rumors (perhaps best seen in the conflicting iPhone rumors last year). Sometimes there are more audacious and more conservative prototypes, with the final choice coming down to component costs and device tests.