Get used to this. Come October, it could be Apple's home page for the entire summer. Gizmodo reader Martin Hajek has rendered new images of the new iPhone 2012 — or iPhone 5, or, most probably just iPhone — to make it look like bona fide Apple eye candy.
I wasn't in love with the rumoured next generation iPhone's design until I saw these images — created in 3D using allegedly leaked photos and videos of different parts — showing how a finished unit would look in real life.
In black, the new iPhone 2012 is very 1980s, as opposed to the 70s flavour of the current iPhone 4/4S. The two-tone black anodized aluminium is reminiscent of the old AV Sony designs of that decade — like their first CD player.
The white model is not 80s, though. But it is prettier than the black. The aluminium and chrome unibody with the white accents have an oldschool sci-fi feel. Like an object out of Kubrick's 2001. Somewhere in Cupertino there's a HAL computer powered by an array of these things.
Martin has made the model available for $US50, so you can download it and render it with your favourite 3D program.
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The perforated grills flanking the new nano-dock port are so simple and neat — their clean precision screams high tech.
The front is just glass, like it always have been. Putting the camera centered with all the elements of the front — speaker grill, screen and home button — is a small change that makes all the difference.
The chrome accents and the speaker and microphone grill look simply pimptastic, even more retro than the black model.
I hate the current white iPhone, but the two-toned aluminium and white plastic back panel on the next generation iPhone 2012 works surprisingly well.