GottaBeMobile got the scoop today with photos of an alleged iPhone 5 engineering sample. Now before starting this post, there is little evidence to show whether these are real or fake. Rumors have been flying around the blogs stating the next generation will have somewhat of a same design as the 4/4S but similar to the one seen here. This meaning, the back will be two-toned and the screen will be taller rather than wider.
Android devices have surpassed the iPhone 4/4S's 3.5-inch screen for a long time with mobile devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note, having close to 5-inch screens, or larger. Apple seems to like the way their screen currently looks, and from these photos, it looks as if they will just be making the screen(and device) longer. The samples show the "iPhone 5" being slightly thinner as well, which is always nice to see/hear.
GottaBeMobile has summed up a great list of the next generation iPhone rumors which all seem believable and nothing we haven't heard before:
A 4-inch display that will replace the device's usual 3.5-inch display. A thinner design rumored to be 7.9mm up to the current 9.3mm found on the iPhone 4S. A metal back that might replace the glass Apple used with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 A taller design to accommodate the device's larger display An improved front-facing camera, possibly HD in quality 4G LTE data connectivity Quad-Core Processor, possibly the A6 chip Smaller 19-pin dock connector
So this brings up the question if the iPhone has what it takes to stand up against larger screen competitors, if Apple decides to take this route. Using the S III for a few days now has given us some light on what iOS users have been missing out on. Still, iOS is an amazing operating system where not all users are in it for the screen size, but for the user experience and all the goodies and iDevice brings with it.
According to previous releases, the iPhone 5 should make it's debut sometime this Fall around September/October. In 2011 the iPhone 4S was announced on October 4th and was released about a week and a half later on October 14th. We won't know until Apple shows it off at their Fall conference.