iPhone 5 renders [Speculation]

MacRumors commissioned CiccareseDesign to make some renders of what the iPhone 5 just might look like based on the case leaks we saw earlier this month. And... I like it. It gets rid of the glass back of which I was never a fan, and adds back in some thin new -- and yes, sexy -- curves.

The designs show manufacturers what areas need to be open or exposed for cases, but reveal little else. In the past, this has caused some misunderstandings about future features. iPad 2 cases seemed to suggest an extra port at the top of the device, but that turned out to be a space for a microphone hole. Similarly, there are a few areas on the iPhone 5 case designs that are open to interpretation.

As MacRumors says, basing a render on a case design is tough. Are the screen and home button bigger or is more finger room simply being left around the edges for new gestures? I know what I'm wishing for, how about you?

Check out the rest of the renders via the link below.



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  • I think Daring Fireball linked to an article about calling gadgets sexy on gizmodo. I thought it was prety good and I am wondering about whether it is really the appropriate term in this case.
  • ugly.
  • Yeah i dont think apple would go backwards in shape and size now that the iPhone 4 shape is dominate. i suspect the shape of the iPhone 4 will move into the iPhone 5 but it will be half the thickness, bigger screen, etc. All these speculations are simply Chinese knockoff bullshit we see every year. I am pretty impressed with the say apple has kept the iPhone 5 from leaking to the public.
  • I hope the new iPhone doesn't resemble the iPod touch 4th gen because the volume buttons are a real bitch to press with 1 hand, awful placement and design.
  • I can't express how much I want iPhone 5 to have the same back as the iPad 2. Same flat-but-rounded feel, same aluminum. And after using my Samsung Focus for the past week, iPhone 5 MUST have a 4" screen. All that said, it doesn't matter what they put out, I'll be buying it. I'm an unapologetic junkie.
  • Same here on the buying no matter what. I'm still rocking the 3GS and I'm so ready for an upgrade. It can be a POS and I'd prob still buy it.
  • Really hoping that the next gen iPhone has a 4+ display.
  • Kind of looks like the iPad 2, so it makes sense that it MAY look like this. I didnt't appreciate the iPhone4's boxy feel. This looks a lot more delicate than the 4 though, despite the glass back. I like it and I think I'm gonna buy it regardless lol. I'm also tired of my 3GS but I still appreciate that its been through so much and still works like ' new '.
  • I hate the hardware button. It doesn't work good.
  • Last year I was hoping apple would change the design for the iphone 4, and they did that, and I love the result... I hope it won't look like the picture above, cause if it looks like that, I'll buy another iphone 4!
  • It will never look like that. I am sure that the amount of space above and below the screen will be the same in respect to each other.
  • If this turns out be a true design then this will rock big time. Slim and sexy and always always a treasure to carry around!