A few weeks back now, you may remember we highlighted a beautiful iPhone 5 mockup from Ciccarese Design. Dubbed simply “iPhone Air,” the mockup took its name from Apple’s ultra-thin portable notebook, the MacBook Air, depicting the company’s next-generation iPhone with an teardrop aluminum body which tapered off towards the bottom, as well featuring that heavily rumored edge-to-edge display.
Following this mockup and those “leaked” case designs which surfaced just a few weeks ago, MacRumors this week commissioned Ciccarese Design to recreate, (as best as possible), an actual living mockup of Apple’s iPhone 5 based on the rumors and speculation currently surrounding the device.
The following renders were created by taking actual measurements from the leaked case designs and loading them up into 3D modelling software. MacRumors founder, Arnold Kim, explains the overall the approach to the designs:
The elongated hole for the home button has suggested that the home button may itself also become more oval in shape. That is the direction our designer took as well. It’s also possible, however, that the home button will retain its round shape and Apple has simply allowed extra space for swiping across the home button in a left to right or right to left manner. These’s been some speculation that Apple could allow such a gesture for users to quickly switch between multitasking apps.
The back of the device has tapered edges which makes it look much closer to the iPod touch. As well, there had been rumors that Apple would be abandoning the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and instead moving back to an aluminum design.
The final dimensions of the new design are calculated to be: 4.33″ x 2.36″ and .27″ thickness at the top and .21″ at the bottom In comparison, the iPhone 4 dimensions are: 4.5″ x 2.31″ x .37″. So the new design is actually shorter than the existing iPhone 4, but slightly wider and thinner.
Whether or not Apple’s next-generation iPhone will look anything like the above is yet to seen. However, the mockups do give us a fair idea about how Apple may incorporate a larger display. The above renders are pretty low-res, so be sure to head over to our friends at MacRumors to see these mockups in their full, non-compressed glory.
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