Will Apple Make the iPhone Leaner and Meaner?

The new iPhone can’t arrive sooner for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans looking for upgrades, but in the meantime, apparent leaks and rumors keep coming thick and strong. The latest is that the next-generation device will be thinner and longer than its previous versions, with an elongated 4-inch screen and a metallic back.

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According to the website iLounge, the measurements for the new iPhone will be 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm, which means it is 10mm longer than the iPhone 4 and 4S and scrapes off 2mm in thickness. The width remains fairly identical to older versions. The Gorilla Glass 2 display will go up from the current 3.5 inches to 4 inches diagonally, and Apple will add a metal panel to the central back of the phone.

The site, which did not provide a source for its information, also says that Apple “will change the new iPhone’s aspect ratio for the first time since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007, adding additional pixels to the top and bottom of the screen,” though some disagree with that possibility since it would require a redesign of the apps.

The site is also expecting Apple to add a new, smaller dock connector that is only slightly larger than the existing speaker and microphone openings on the iPhone 4S and includes fewer pins than the existing 30-pin connector. The new dock connector is expected to be universal on all new iOS devices, including the next-generation iPod touch.

Can fall be here yet?

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