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Report Reiterates Claim of ‘Teardrop’ Form-Factor for Next iPhone(s)


Report Reiterates Claim of ‘Teardrop’ Form-Factor for Next iPhone(s)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything like those rumours that claimed Apple may have had plans to release a ‘teardrop’-shaped iPhone … but a new report out this week, alongside some of the company’s own rivals recently adopting a similar design, has rekindled speculation around the long-rumored form-factor.

In fact, it was originally This Is My Next -the former online moniker of tech site, The Verge- that first claimed to have an exclusive surrounding the then iPhone 5‘s purported design.

That design, at the time, was said to be “teardrop”-like in shape and thus was closely compared to the late 2010 MacBook Air.

An old mockup showing the iPhone 5’s then purported ‘teardrop’-like design

“The versions of devices our sources are seeing could be design prototypes and not production-ready phones,” the site reported in its exclusive back in April 2011.

“Still, there are strong indications that Apple will surprise a public that’s expecting a bump more along the lines of the 3G to 3GS — and this is some insight into where those designs might be headed,” This is My Next concluded.

Of course, we now know that the site was way off in its assumption that the iPhone 5’s public introduction would be marked with a ‘teardrop’-style hardware refresh.

Now though that claim is being renewed, this time by Korea’s ET News – who reports the Cupertino company is reading a major redesign of its flagship smartphone offering that will boast a “water drop design.”

“Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be closer to ‘water drop design’. It [will] embody the back side design with curved emphasis, resembling the initial iPhone,” the roughly translated report reads.

The site claims the introduction of an iPhone model that carries a ‘major’ hardware redesign is somewhat warranted, given that 2017 also marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone’s birth.

“Apple’s next iPhone will have a rear case made of glass,” an industry official reportedly told the paper, adding that this glass case would be a “curved wall” surrounded by four sides.

Apple is currently expected to unveil its next iPhones, which are likely to follow the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch screen form-factors we have today … and could also see the company adopt the recently bantered, era-defining brand name: “iPhone X” – this fall.

/ 9to5Mac (h/t)
/ Image Credit: Imran Taylor

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