New images posted online by iDealsChina are apparently showing technical drawings of the upcoming iPhone 5, expected to be introduced at the WWDC to be held in June this year. The images show an iPhone which is very similar in design to the current iPhone 4 model but with a larger screen in both dimensions (via MacRumors).
It is not clear yet how reliable the source of these images is. The site has previously posted images of an iPhone front panel which matches these drawings. However, being skeptical, it is possible that the site has simply generated these ‘technical drawings’ to support the photo that was previously released. However, that said, images of the iPad 2 posted by third party Chinese accessory manufacturers have been extremely accurate so these images cannot be discounted yet.
The image above appears to show an iPhone with a screen that is both wider and taller. The antenna of the model shown also does not appear to have any breaks in it, unlike the current iPhone 4, which given the depth of detail, is either an extraordinary oversight or an indication that the iPhone 5 could have a redesigned antenna.
The increased screen size is consistent with reports that have appeared previously suggesting that the next iPhone would have a 4 inch screen. However, these drawings suggest at a 3.7 inch screen size. If increasing the screen size, it should be noted that Apple has to retain the same proportions as the current iPhone display in order that developers wouldn’t have to redesign their apps. We had also speculated that Apple may include a ‘Home Dock’ in a new design with a elongated screen although this mock-up showed the removal of the Home button.