New iPhone 5 pictures show Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) making room for a bigger screen, a semi-unibody enclosure, and a new dock connector. The screen is supposedly taller, switching to a 16:9 HDTV-style ratio. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the meaning of it all.
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: A better AMERCIA...
Ross Catanzariti asks the question of the hour:
Is this the iPhone 5? ... [P]urported leaked images...reveal what appears to be an iPhone  with a taller, 4in screen...and a much smaller dock connector.
According to rumours, the new iPhone will have a 4in screen with a resolution of 1136 x 640.
Mark Gurman has his awesomesauce:
[We] have received several...images that are very high-resolution. ... [A] large portion of the back...is made out of metal. ... [The] metal antenna band is molded into the metal backplates...[to] creat[e] a unibody enclosure...to produce [a] thinner and lighter, yet stronger, device.
The long rumored smaller dock connector is present. ... [The] home button...is definitely present. ... [It] will be the same width as the current 4 and 4S models, but it will be longer...with a screen size of 3.999 inches.
How big? John Cox mocks the faux-accuracy of that screen size:
Perhaps [it] should be called iPhone 3.999.
[Why can] unconfirmed "leaked" parts...be trusted to show us something...even though no one knows what that something actually is?
But John Gruber fans the flames:
I’m still not convinced [it's] for real, but...there’s an awful lot of smoke for there not to be a fire. ... iPhone apps are already expected to be...somewhat flexible in height. ... [When] you’re on a phone call or making a recording...you get a...double-height status bar [which] doesn’t cover the content of most apps.
In short, “windows” on iOS resize like windows on a Mac. ... Apple could, with...iOS 6, further encourage developers...by changing the way notification banners are displayed. ... [T]hey could encourage iOS developers to adopt the...APIs to be responsive to changes in available vertical screen space.
[Then] come October, apps that do the right thing would automatically be responsive to...176 more pixels.
And John Biggs ponders the true meaning of the imagery:
Whether they are real or not...there is still a bit more to this story. ... The most important thing to note is...the dock connector...it’s a micro USB port (or...Thunderbolt). ... That Apple still clings to [a] 30-pin slot is quite odd...considering how much real estate these things take up.
Whatever happens in the next few weeks before WWDC, rest assured we’ll see plenty more [pictures]. The glut of cases we’ve seen in the past hour is pointing to something brewing.
Meanwhile, Jeff Bertolucci wonders if all this "chatter" is counter-productive:
In the quarter leading up to last year's launch of the iPhone 4S...sales fell 16 percent. ... Apple execs blamed the endless drumbeat of iPhone rumors.
Could history repeat itself this year? Quite likely. ... This year's iPhone scuttlebutt can't touch the drama of two years ago, when...Jason Chen bought an iPhone 4 prototype...and revealed it online.
Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. He's the creator and main author of Computerworld's IT Blogwatch, for which he has won ASBPE and Neal awards. He also writes The Long View for IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can read Richi's full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.