'We know that the hardware will be redesigned, but do you think Apple will completely redesign the look of the iPhone 5/4S (whatever it ends up being called) like it did between the 3GS and 4, or will it be minor cosmetic changes like it was between the 3 and 3GS?'
The strange thing about the iPhone is that it's easier to predict what the hardware changes will be than it is to try to guess what Apple will do when it comes down to the external design of the thing. For the record, here's what I think (that is, a guess, based on rumors, whispers, speculation and forward-thinking) the new iPhone will pack in terms of hardware:
But none of this tells us a thing about the design, so it's down to guesswork, rumors ... and cases.
As my ZDNet blogging buddy Jason O'Grady pointed out yesterday, there are a lot of iPhone 5 cases in China, so either case OEMs already know what the new iPhone is going to look like, or someone sold them an expensive dud.
Here's a video tour showing just how broad a range of cases there are for a handset that hasn't yet been released:
From this video we get some possible information:
Wider to accommodate a larger screen
Mute switch on the right-hand-side
Is this what the new iPhone will look like? Maybe ... about the only think that I'm certain of is that the new handset will be thinner.
If Apple does abandon the iPhone 4 look in favor of teardrop shape (essentially going back to the older design) then it eliminate two aspects of the iPhone 4 that caused problems for people:
If the design does change, it'll be interesting to see if Apple tries to justify that change in any way. I remember the iPhone 4 design being hailed as the best thing in he history of best things.
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