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Alleged photos of a next-generation iPhone partially assembled with a white front panel have surfaced online, further suggesting that Apple will offer two colors of its redesigned handset.

The Taiwanese website Apple.pro posted pictures of both a black redesigned iPhone, as seen in numerous leaks, next to a new white model, with the color taking up the entire front panel and home button. The front panel is identical to a leaked part that was revealed online last week.

The pictures show the white panel loosely resting atop the rest of the iPhone, with the home button recessed, suggesting that the website simply placed the component on top of the rest of the obtained part to show what a white iPhone 4G could look like. Previously, the same website had shown pictures of the white panel separate from the rest of the phone.

The white panel has a hole for a forward-facing camera, identical to the components found in assembled prototypes that have been publicly disassembled and photographed. But those prototypes showed the device black front and pack panels.

Apple first began to offer color options with the iPhone 3G in 2008 with the second-generation version of the hardware. Apple gave the iPhone a polished, plastic back, available in shiny black for the 8GB and 16GB models, and offered a polished white option for the 16GB model only. But both the black and white models retained the black front panel surrounding the handset's multitouch LCD screen, while the new part suggests Apple could bring the color to the front side of the device.



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Make a blue one !!!

It would be kinda cool to see different colors to choose from.
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Make a blue one !!!

It would be kinda cool to see different colors to choose from.

Or all the colours of the nano range
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Make a blue one !!!

It would be kinda cool to see different colors to choose from.

This might be the first time we'll see different colours. However, it might behoove them to wait until at least the September iPod/iTunes event when the next iPod Touch gets updated and then release colours for it and the iPhone. Or perhaps do a mid-cycle release in January.

Here are some mockups: http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3504/picture5df.jpg (image)
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I noticed that the two screws, for assembly, are back. Interesting that they were missing from the photos of the last leak.
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I noticed that the two screws, for assembly, are back. Interesting that they were missing from the photos of the last leak.

We don't know what order these mock-ups were produced in.

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Here are some mockups: http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3504/picture5df.jpg (image)

Awesome.

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SJ has got to be p1ssed with these constant leaks - assuming they aren't by design (Froyo?) - wonder how the Keynote will go without anyone being surprised.
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This might be the first time we'll see different colours. However, it might behoove them to wait until at least the September iPod/iTunes event when the next iPod Touch gets updated and then release colours for it and the iPhone. Or perhaps do a mid-cycle release in January.

Here are some mockups: http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3504/picture5df.jpg (image)

Maybe bring out the colors if(big if) verizon gets the iPhone later this year. Add some zazz to the launch. Just a w.a.g.
Thx for mockup link. Those looked really good. I'm usually a basic black kinda guy but if they make British racing green...
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if they don't bring out colors, there's always colorwarepc.com, if you don't mind spending an extra $100 for your blue iphone.
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This might be the first time we'll see different colours. However, it might behoove them to wait until at least the September iPod/iTunes event when the next iPod Touch gets updated and then release colours for it and the iPhone. Or perhaps do a mid-cycle release in January.

Here are some mockups: http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3504/picture5df.jpg (image)

Oooo, I'll take that green one.
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Oh well, it looks like the ice cream sandwich look is this year's iPhone fashion statement. Apple patented a zirconium dioxide case technology years ago. It would be very scratch-resistant, possess high fracture toughness, be radio transparent, and more or less seamless. Instead we're probably getting the layered look.

Here's the Wikipedia link about zirconium dioxide, with mention of Apple's patent near the bottom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconium_dioxide

My guess is that ZD enclosures would be 1. definitely too expensive to produce and 2. possibly too hard to recycle. Apple's patent was filed in 2006, long before they developed their aluminum unibody technology, which looks like it's here to stay.

Interesting that all the teardowns of the 2010 iPhone show that the front and back panels do not mechanically support any of the internal components. As components and batteries get smaller, it will be simple for Apple to make the iPhone slimmer. They just need to make a thinner aluminum chassis as the iPhone's internals get smaller and smaller. (And next year, when the PA Semi system-on-a-chip is finally ready, I expect that we'll see some extremely thin iPhones.)

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This might be the first time we'll see different colours. However, it might behoove them to wait until at least the September iPod/iTunes event when the next iPod Touch gets updated and then release colours for it and the iPhone. Or perhaps do a mid-cycle release in January.

Here are some mockups: http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3504/picture5df.jpg (image)

If the rear casing is a ceramic like previous Apple patents then it would probably be the case.

The only other color that would make total sense is red and I could see it being really popular with women.
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Oh well, it looks like the ice cream sandwich look is this year's iPhone fashion statement. Apple patented a zirconium dioxide case technology years ago. It would be very scratch-resistant, possess high fracture toughness, be radio transparent, and more or less seamless. Instead we're probably getting the layered look.

Here's the Wikipedia link about zirconium dioxide, with mention of Apple's patent near the bottom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconium_dioxide

My guess is that ZD enclosures would be 1. definitely too expensive to produce and 2. possibly too hard to recycle. Apple's patent was filed in 2006, long before they developed their aluminum unibody technology, which looks like it's here to stay.

Interesting that all the teardowns of the 2010 iPhone show that the front and back panels do not mechanically support any of the internal components. As components and batteries get smaller, it will be simple for Apple to make the iPhone slimmer. They just need to make a thinner aluminum chassis as the iPhone's internals get smaller and smaller. (And next year, when the PA Semi system-on-a-chip is finally ready, I expect that we'll see some extremely thin iPhones.)

There have been rumors that the back panel is "ceramic", so that could conceivably be zirconium.

And while internal componentry might allow for ever thinner cases, at some point thinness begins to mitigate against functionality, since you still need a place for reasonably operable hardware buttons on the side, dock connector, etc.

I think multi-color iPhones would be a relatively easy way for Apple to add a little "pop" to the lineup, although that would have to be weighed against the costs of adding SKUs. But in a world of ever proliferating Android models, it might not be a bad idea to toss in a little "choice."
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post #14 of 117
god, these are ugly. love apple, but what were/are they thinking?
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god, these are ugly. love apple, but what were/are they thinking?

The white looks really good (better than white 3G IMO). I would get it if I wasn't so dead set against getting any phone in any color other black or silver.
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god, these are ugly. love apple, but what were/are they thinking?

They were thinking "we think these look cool." No matter what design Apple chooses, there will be those that find it ugly. That's just the nature of esthetics. So for every person like you who thinks these don't work, there will be plenty who think they're a great update to the iconic iPhone look.

Myself, I was taken aback at first but have come to like the no-nonsense simplicity of the new design. Makes the current model look a little fussy, IMO.
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The white looks really good (better than white 3G IMO). I would get it if I wasn't so dead set against getting any phone in any color other black or silver.

I love the new design in black but I think the white version is hideous. It destroys the whole effect of the dark screen of all the previous models.

I've always bought white or grey when I've had a choice of Apple products, but the black one is the only classy option on this model IMO.

Traditionally, Apple only introduces a range of colours in mature designs when there isn't much else to get excited about or the update is so minimal that it needs something more. This new design will be the first iteration, so I think it unlikely we will see any more choice than black or the white this time.
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wonder how the Keynote will go without anyone being surprised.

They're doing a stage mock-up of a German themed pub in which Steve walks around "discovering" iPhones in various nooks and crannies.
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- wonder how the Keynote will go without anyone being surprised.

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They're doing a stage mock-up of a German themed pub in which Steve walks around "discovering" iPhones in various nooks and crannies.

..or, there's no keynote at all, there's no new iPhone at all, that'll surprise everyone.
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... The only other color that would make total sense is red and I could see it being really popular with women.

Depends on the woman or the man, and the shade of red, but psychologically, red is not a female colour per se. Women & men tend to choose the same colours with two exceptions and both of those exceptions are male oriented. Men more often choose black because of the connotations of power and strength, and women will sometimes choose pink, which men will rarely pick because of the connotations of femininity.

So in fact women tend to be more rounded personalities and simply choose the colour they like, or the colour that matches their stuff without thinking about much else, whereas men will sometimes strategically choose black or avoid pink out of fear of being perceived as weak.

These are generalisations of course and don't apply to everyone.
post #21 of 117
I would love to see them do a full brushed aluminum version like the MacBook Pro's. It would definitely make them feel more durable and perhaps even a little thinner.
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This might be the first time we'll see different colours. However, it might behoove them to wait until at least the September iPod/iTunes event when the next iPod Touch gets updated and then release colours for it and the iPhone. Or perhaps do a mid-cycle release in January.

Here are some mockups: http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3504/picture5df.jpg (image)

Wow. Who did the fakes? Looks good.

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I love the new design in black but I think the white version is hideous. It destroys the whole effect of the dark screen of all the previous models.

I've always bought white or grey when I've had a choice of Apple products, but the black one is the only classy option on this model IMO.

Traditionally, Apple only introduces a range of colours in mature designs when there isn't much else to get excited about or the update is so minimal that it needs something more. This new design will be the first iteration, so I think it unlikely we will see any more choice than black or the white this time.

It is a matter of personal opinion but white in this situation tends to look far better in person. Black always looks good, even in photographs. The white3G looked far worse in photographs and I could see this model being as popular as the black.

You're second paragraph is true with Apple but, like someone else said, it helps to provide the perception of more choices when competing against Android.
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..or, there's no keynote at all, there's no new iPhone at all, that'll surprise everyone.

Knowing how Steve pulls product introductions at the last minute, this might not end up being a joke.

He could come out, just say the iPhone is now available on all US carriers, then walk off.

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SJ has got to be p1ssed with these constant leaks - assuming they aren't by design (Froyo?) - wonder how the Keynote will go without anyone being surprised.

I hope Steve Jobs will surprise us with the first unibody iPhone. With a curved aluminum back and a black apple. Just like the new iPad.

Now, that would be sexy as hell!!
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They were thinking "we think these look cool." No matter what design Apple chooses, there will be those that find it ugly. That's just the nature of esthetics. So for every person like you who thinks these don't work, there will be plenty who think they're a great update to the iconic iPhone look.

Myself, I was taken aback at first but have come to like the no-nonsense simplicity of the new design. Makes the current model look a little fussy, IMO.

I suppose they (Steve Jobs and the gang) don't know what else to tweak in term of physical design of the iPhone, flatten the current "iconic" model design that's the most likely to do since Apple is Apple: simplicity. \

Or would we rather have the same design, but thinner? I don't think that will scream loud enough to draw users to make an upgrade..
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I hope Steve Jobs will surprise us with the first unibody iPhone. With a curved aluminum back and a black apple. Just like the new iPad.

Now, that would be sexy as hell!!

It would be pretty hilarious is the entire vast and ongoing system of leaks, lawsuits and criminal investigations was just a headfake by Apple and the new iPhone looks completely different from what we've been shown.

Steve: And here it is.

Assembled tech press: (Audible gasp)

Steve: (grinning) Aw yeah, bitches, deal with it.
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post #28 of 117
If they do colors, I hope they resist doing Red and Blue, especially the Red theme again! Despite Bono and company's crusade, it is a MAJOR pain for those in education, as these are the primary gang colors, and for most schools that means if you have ANYTHING that is RED or BLUE out where it is seen, it will be confiscated, usually for good! Always a source for major hassles w/ kids and parents vs administration.

Kids LOVE the iPhone, so offering it in two of the favorite (unfortunately!) colors is just asking for bad relations down the road with education - one of Apple's longest supporters. The iPods have been a hassle as it is - most schools have long since given up trying to enforce their rules of no headphones and just suffer along with them.

The Red campaign makes for guaranteed hassles when a teacher sees them in class, because then they HAVE to deal with the issue! Everyone now has a phone, regardless of school policies against them, and often out in class... God help you if you take one of them away! You need to call Security to do it, otherwise you run the risk of a fight in class, and the phone disappearing from your desk!

So, please Apple, NO Gang Colors!
post #29 of 117
More colors like the iPod nano would be great.
I'll get mine in white, but many will appreciate the more options to choose from.

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I would love to see them do a full brushed aluminum version like the MacBook Pro's. It would definitely make them feel more durable and perhaps even a little thinner.

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I hope Steve Jobs will surprise us with the first unibody iPhone. With a curved aluminum back and a black apple. Just like the new iPad.

Now, that would be sexy as hell!!

Oh, you mean this iPhone unibody..?



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SJ has got to be p1ssed with these constant leaks - assuming they aren't by design (Froyo?) - wonder how the Keynote will go without anyone being surprised.

I wouldn't be surprised if there was a joke about it in the speech. I'm sure they will think of something surprising anyway, with their track record.
post #32 of 117
so are we in agreement that this iPhone looks like the PSP?



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I suppose they (Steve Jobs and the gang) don't know what else to tweak in term of physical design of the iPhone, flatten the current "iconic" model design that's the most likely to do since Apple is Apple: simplicity. \

Or would we rather have the same design, but thinner? I don't think that will scream loud enough to draw users to make an upgrade..

It's true that relentless minimalism gives Apple fewer options for "holy shit" type case upgrades, but that doesn't mean that they can't continue to refine the details in ways that are compelling.

The thing about such refinement, however, is that it doesn't translate well to leaked pictures on the internet, with the payoff being when you actually touch and use the device.

Remember how folks were bitching about the bezel on the iPad? Don't really hear much of that now, I would say because once you pick one up it all makes sense.

The other thing about Apple's touch devices is that it's not really about the device, it's about the screen. The rest of it is just there to present the screen and get out of the way. The way the tech is moving is towards literally that-- nothing but a screen.

Which highlights an area that I think Apple could do a better job-- in what, exactly, you're seeing when you're just carrying your phone around. Currently the iPhone is associated with one of two images-- the unlock screen, with nothing but a wallpaper, slider and clock, or the home screen, with nothing but little tiles of apps.

Other touch handsets have moved to differentiate themselves with informative variants on the home screen, some of which are fairly appealing IMO. I think as case parts continue to become less important that the screen becomes more and more of the device, UI, graphics and software choices re what is displayed when you're not doing anything else will become more and more the "identity" of the phone and take on more and more importance in the consumer's mind.
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Couldn't have said it better myself. So what's your take on the new Droids?

Personally, if they make the iPhones in anything but Black and White, then I want one in Tangerine.
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Fake!!!!!!!!1111
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Knowing how Steve pulls product introductions at the last minute, this might not end up being a joke.

He could come out, just say the iPhone is now available on all US carriers, then walk off.

It is everyone's worst nightmare, especially for iPhone users, if Steve Jobs really decided to pull it off since he's so mad with all of these leaks. No joke, this could happen for real.

But best of all, he'll still going to introduce a new iPhone but without any change on the outside, only the specs inside are.
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so are we in agreement that this iPhone looks like the PSP?
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It looks nothing like the PSP.

And please, in the future, make the pics smaller so they don't widen the column.
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As far as a bunch of different colors go, I think that's out.

Fir one, they would require carrying too many versions. This raises the manufacturing costs, as no one color will be made in larger quantities. Stores just HATE having so many different colors. Anyone remember when Apple and Best Buy fought so many years ago about the four colors the original iMacs came in? Apple insisted that retailers buy one of each color when ordering. Best Buy, correctly said that if certain colors didn't sell as well, as the orange and red or green, I forget which didn't, then they wanted to have to option of ordering more of the models that did sell well. Apple insisted they couldn't, so Best Buy stopped selling Apple products for years. That hurt Apple's sales, because at the time, Best buy sold over 5% of Apple's computers. That's a big number.

So what would happen to the phones if Apple has them in five or ten colors? I don't see it happening. iPods are different. They are smaller, cheaper, are replaced more often, and are more a fashion statement than a phone is. They're also bought by kids more than the more expensive phones are. I know people who have several, in different colors, to go with what they wear.
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They just need to make a thinner aluminum chassis as the iPhone's internals get smaller and smaller. (And next year, when the PA Semi system-on-a-chip is finally ready, I expect that we'll see some extremely thin iPhones.)

so you don't think there's any PA Semi tech in the A4, and that it's all Intrinsity? Just curious because I'd think that by now we'd be seeing at least a little influence from PA on the A4.
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It looks nothing like the PSP.

And please, in the future, make the pics smaller so they don't widen the column.

That's your opinion--maybe you should make that clear next time, rather than speaking in absolutes. And, in my opinion, it does resemble the PSP somewhat.
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