The above picture could be yet another indication that Apple will move the Sleep/Wake button on the iPhone to the side. Because Apple’s iPhone is set to increase in size, rumors suggest the button could be displaced due to usability issues. Most Android phones today favor the side button placement, and it’s not crazy to think of Apple employing a similar design. If these cases are in fact based off of real information, iPhone users are certainly in for a change, albeit nothing life changing.
Let’s not get our hopes up just yet seeing as we’re still many months from an actual release. The arrival of this picture seems a little convenient given the rumor of side button placement first popped up earlier this week. All of Apple’s mobile gadgets put the Sleep/Wake button on the top, from the iPod nano on up to the iPad Air, so it would be a change in approach for Apple. But the company is famously all about design and usability, so if altering the placement means easier one-handed use, then it makes sense.
Apple is rumored to release 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones later this year, though murmurs suggest consumers might not be able to purchase the larger version until this winter. The 4.7-inch version, meanwhile, is expected to come out during Apple’s usual September/October timeframe, and sport a design similar to the iPad mini. Possible specs for the device may include an A8 chip, and the same 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization.
A supposed roadmap for Apple’s plans leaked just a few days ago, which you can view here. If it is indeed legit, Apple fans will be in for a big Q3.