Huge iPhone 5 rumor from Joshua Topolsky today, as he's heard that Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 may indeed be the total redesign he first mentioned back in his Engadget days, with iPod touch-style thinness, a teardrop, MacBook Air-style chassis, a potentially edge-to screen with no bezel, and Palm Pre-style inductive charging and gesture area.
Furthermore, we’re hearing that the screen on the device will occupy the entire (or near to it) front of the phone, meaning almost no bezel. Our source says the company is doing very “interesting things” with bonded glass technology, and has been exploring designs where the earpiece and sensors are somehow behind the screen itself, making for a device where the display is actually edge-to-edge. Regardless, the sketch we’ve seen suggests the screen will go up to 3.7-inches while keeping the current resolution, and at that size, pixel density goes from 326 to 312 (a drop of 13ppi). That means that Apple can still tout Retina Display technology.
Now as listeners of iPhone Live and TiPb TV know, I've been wishing for the total redesign for months. I want to believe. I've also wondered if Apple would explore putting components, including perhaps even the antenna, behind the screen. There have been rumors in the past that Apple prepares multiple prototypes, some more ambitions and some more safe. This might explain the stories of a mere spec bump a la iPhone 3GS (iPhone 4S in this case) and stories like this one. So it's important to keep in mind that even if all this is exactly what Apple is working on, it may not be what they can get ready to ship by fall.
Personally, I would really love this to be the next iPhone. How about you?