Could this be the iPhone 5?

Another day, another iPhone 5 rumor. While the iPhone 5 is a ways off, people just can’t help but speculate about what Apple’s next big move will be and how the phone might look. An Italian designer, Federico Ciccarese, created a mock-up of of a potential new design based off the latest wave of iPhone 5 rumors.

The design mock-ups illustrate a sleek, curved back- not too different from Apple’s current Magic Mouse. The front display is flat, of course, and the back appears to be blasted aluminum- similar to what is used on the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, for example. The headphone jack has been moved to the side to accomodate the tapered new design. The back features a snazzy glowing Apple logo as well, also similar to Apple laptop designs.

Some have praised the hypothetical design, calling it genius. Others have criticized it saying the curved back will make it too easy to slip out of your hand, much like the old iPhone 3G design. Whether or not any of these features make it into the actual iPhone 5 design remains to be seen, but what do you think? A thing of beauty or too impractical?

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