Several rumors have been circulating recently suggesting that Apple would apparently be increasing the screen size in the next generation iPhone and that the iPhone 5 may come with a 4 inch screen rather than the current 3.5 inches (via Digitimes). While the source of this information may be accurate, it is possible that the dimensions have been misinterpreted. Some excellent concept mock-ups of an iPhone with a screen that is 4 inches measured diagonally have appeared, among them this one from 9to5Mac. However, we would suggest that Apple would not be looking to increase the screen size when measured diagonally, but would rather get rid of the Home button and increase the screen dimensions vertically.
As can be seen from our concept above (and yes, we do appreciate that we are rather crap when it comes to Photoshop) , the new iPhone would have a 4 inch screen measured from top to bottom. The main difference in this concept would be that an extra dynamic ‘Home Dock’ would be added at the bottom of the screen which would provide not only the core functions originally provided by the Home button such as returning to the home screen or engaging the search function, but would also provide additional functionality. This portion of the screen, almost an inverse version of the excellent SB Settings app available on the Cydia Store, would essentially remain separate from the rest of the display, meaning that Apple could still retain the original iPhone resolution, making it easy on developers.
The new ‘Home Dock’ would act as an area where all the core functions of the iPhone could be controlled (we also appreciate that our icon selections in the picture do not make sense, but you get the idea). The volume buttons on the side of the iPhone could disappear, as could the lock button on the top of the iPhone. The new ‘Home Dock’ could control functions such as power, locking, volume, search, brightness, NFC, Mobile Hotspot and Bluetooth as well as a number of other functions.
The lack of a Home button fits with recent rumors that have circulated suggesting that the next generation iPhone and iPad will lose the Home button. This new ‘Home Dock’ function may or may not appear in the next iPhone, but a 4″ vertical screen is worth thinking about.
Image credit: ‘Home Dock’ concept icons via SB Settings app.