Former Engadget chief, Joshua Topolsky, has created a mockup for the iPhone 5 (opens in new tab), basing his sketch on anonymous, yet credible sources. Although there were few rumours about Apple changing the design, Topolsky has published on his blog something that looks like more than a prototype and suggests that iPhone 5 will be quite different from the current version.
Topolsky proposes that the iPhone 5 could have a “teardrop” shape, similar to MacBook Air, and, therefore, will be far thinner than the current version. This could be made possible thanks to recent glass bonding R&D success at Apple HQ. Also, the former Engadget chief reports that it could have a slightly larger screen, with an area of 3.7 inches.
Looking at the image, we can observe that the home button is protracted, in order to become a "gesture area" and to provide more comfort for the touching finger. Topolsky goes further with his supposition and suggests that the microphone and the speaker could „hide” behind the glass, assuming that Apple’s aluminum carving technology for MacBooks is used on glass, allowing tiny holes to incorporate the microphone and speaker.
"The versions of devices our sources are seeing could be design prototypes and not production-ready phones. Still, there are strong indications that Apple will surprise a public that’s expecting a bump," Topolsky stated.