There has been a lot of speculation around the new device, how it looks, what will be changed and even if it will include any new hardware features such as NFC. Personally I don’t think NFC will be included in the next iPhone. What is likely to be included in the next iPhone has been spoken about in an article from iLounge, who have apparently got a source inside Apple who has insider information. Their source has been kind enough to tell them a few things about the next smartphone coming from Apple.
iLounge’s source stated that the iPhone 5 would be a taller device and also a little thinner with a 4 inch screen, which would be 0.5 inch larger than the current one, this is more than likely to compete with the current line up of Android phone such as the HTC ONE X. When commenting on their source iLournge said;
“What we’ve learned: the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm—a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width. According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic. Our artist’s rendition provides a rough idea of what this change will look like; it echoes the current-generation iMac design, to be sure.”
Another feature which iLounge’s source told them will be in the iPhone 5 is a smaller dock connector, this will be used in all of Apple’s upcoming products and just be physically smaller than the previous dock. This can be seen in the image below: