Over the last couple of months, leaked specifications of the upcoming iPhone 5 have been pouring in. While at this stage, only Apple engineers really know what the final design will look like, the folks over at MacRumors just released mockups of what the device is expected to look like, based on early cases designs. MacRumors commissioned CiccareseDesign to create renderings made as closely as possible to the leaked case designs, and suffice to say, the device shown on the pictures looks amazing. Amongst other things, the iPhone 5 is expected to come with a new, oval home button, as well as an oversized 4-inch screen. The back of the device shows tapered edges, much like the iPod touch, and is made out of aluminum instead of glass, as Apple is expected to go back to the older iPhones design due to an unexpected high rate of shattered glass backs experienced with the iPhone 4.
The final dimensions of the device are expected to be 4.33-inch by 2.36-inch, with a thickness of up to 0.27-inch thickness at the top, and 0.21-inch at the bottom. To put things in perspective, the iPhone 4 is slightly taller and slightly less wide, with dimensions of 4.5-inch by 2.31-inch, and a thickness of 0.37-inch. The iPhone 5 is expected to sport the same A5 processor found in the iPad 2, and its camera will be able to take pictures of up to 8 megapixels – in comparison, the iPhone 4 features the A4 processor introduced with the original iPad, as well as a 5-megapixel camera. The iPhone 5 allegedly entered the final stage of its design phase a couple of months ago, and recently entered production phase. The device will come pre-loaded with iOS 5, and should offer a slew of improvements, such as a vastly improved notifications system, Twitter integration, better Safari and Mail apps, the new iMessage service, iCloud integration, improved multitasking, and better overall responsiveness. [Mockups courtesy of MacRumors]