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A schematic claimed to be for a case for Apple's anticipated fifth-generation iPhone shows a larger area for the home button, a slightly larger screen, and the return of curved sides like on the iPhone 3GS.

The documents allegedly come from a Chinese case manufacturer, and were obtained by MobileFun.co.uk (via Cult of Mac). They show a design with curved sides, similar to iPhone models released before the current iPhone 4.

On the front, the case appears to have a larger, oval-shaped opening for where the device's home button would go. That could lend support to rumors from earlier this year that Apple's next-iPhone would feature a multi-touch "gesture area" in place of the current home button.

That same report also predicted that Apple's next iPhone would have a slightly larger 3.7-inch edge-to-edge screen. The images that claim to show a so-called "iPhone 5" case also suggest that the device may have a larger screen.

The photos show the handset's volume buttons and SIM card slot in the same place, but also show placement of the vibrate switch on the opposite side.



The case also suggests the device will feature an unmoved LED camera flash, which would contradict purported fifth-generation iPhone parts (1, 2), which leaked in May and suggested the camera lens and flash would be moved further apart to improve picture quality. Separating the camera flash and lens can reduce the red-eye effect seen in photographs.

The alleged schematic would contradict other rumors that the next iPhone will have a design largely similar to the current iPhone 4, with one of the biggest changes being a new, higher-resolution 8-megapixel camera and the addition of the A5 processor. Some reports have characterized the device as an "iPhone 4S," in references to the alleged minor changes.

Though the next iPhone will arrive later than usual this year, reports from Apple's supply chain have been picking up, indicating that the company is preparing to begin mass production of the next-generation device. Last week, during the company's quarterly earnings conference call, Apple executives revealed that an unnamed major product transition is in the cards to take place by the end of September.
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Thank god! I hated the rectangular shape!
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I actually LOVE the current, more rectilinear design.

The design in this article seems like a real step backwards... here is hoping it's not real.
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I actually LOVE the current, more rectilinear design.

The design in this article seems like a real step backwards... here is hoping it's not real.

+1 I can see no way that Apple would produce a device looking like that as a premium phone, I can see it conceivably as a replacement for the 3GS as an entry level phone.
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Unlike previous generations, these iPhone 5 rumors are all over the map.

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Unlike previous generations, these iPhone 5 rumors are all over the map.

Where is a microbrew quaffing field-tester when you need one eh?
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Unlike previous generations, these iPhone 5 rumors are all over the map.

I suspect that after the iPhone 4 leak, they re-doubled their efforts to maintain security and/or misinformation.

I just hope that Apple can maintain people's expectations. They will have waited an unprecedented 15 months since the debut of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 was a huge leap, so I suspect that this iteration will not be quite so big.
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+1 I can see no way that Apple would produce a device looking like that as a premium phone, I can see it conceivably as a replacement for the 3GS as an entry level phone.

ya i was gonna say this could be a 3gs remodel for the entry level than the 5 would keep the rectangular shape of the 4, while also upping screen size and separating the flash.
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Where is a microbrew quaffing field-tester when you need one eh?




I think they went extinct a little over a year ago.
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Ugly rendering. Can't believe Apple would ship an iPhone with the screen asymmetrically positioned vertically. Probably not true. The image strangely has the front view upside down.
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The picture also suggests the new phone will be fatter at one end. Its not very clear but the last image on the right could be showing two profiles next to one another.

I love the shape of the ip4, though I have to admit it is impractical to have such a sensitive fine featured design on what is basically a utilitarian device which is guaranteed to be dropped. And don't start going on about cases because once you put a case on the damn thing design becomes irrelevant. Unless we are talking case design, of course.
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Did any one else notice that the thickness appears to vary from side to side and top to bottom?

On the CAD image on the lower left, the left side is thicker than the right (headset side). Also on the bottom right, the image that is cut off appears to show two cases laid one behind the other top to bottom to illustrate the difference in thickness.

Does this mean that the crazy curved iPhone rumors were true?
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...een_rumor.html
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The only way this (or any "case" leak) is true is if it is based on advanced access to production design plans, ie, the contract manufacturers who need to prep their manufacturing for new form factors. There is no way Apple gives specs to 3rd party case manufacturers - even trusted companies like Griffin and InCase - a full 2 months ahead of launch (assuming mid-september launch). We've seen Apple issue cease and desist orders before (such as for that iPad 2 case that leaked) which generally implies they are accurate, but I take these all with a HUGE grain of salt.
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Of course, since Apples famous secrecy applies to peripheral & accessory makers, then clearly this has nothing to do with reality, especially some unnamed case maker in China

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ya i was gonna say this could be a 3gs remodel for the entry level than the 5 would keep the rectangular shape of the 4, while also upping screen size and separating the flash.

Another possibility is the oft-rumoured TD-SCDMA phone for china.
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Fake.

And a really bad one at that.

Some kid was playing around with his trial or pirated 3D CAD package. The apple isn't centered in the circle. You wouldn't lay out the drawing that way, especially with the 2 views overlapped in the lower right corner, with one face-down and another one face-up in the background.

I wouldn't even say 'nice try'....
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I actually LOVE the current, more rectilinear design.

The design in this article seems like a real step backwards... here is hoping it's not real.

Yeah, I love the current design. This is indeed a step backwards.

I'm thinking this must be the new iPod touch instead in that the touch is really just a small iPad so the idea of it getting a SIM and keeping the same form factor makes sense. Perhaps there will even be a 7" intermediary size to make a family of three sizes for iPad.

I'm not against change, but this reeks of change for changes sake alone, if it's the new iPhone. It's also (again, if true) a kind of a direct admission that everything they said about the iPhone 4 antenna was a lie, which is a very unusual and very hard to believe move for Apple to make.
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I don't want to see a SCHEMATIC of a case - I want to see a case.
Schematics are just renditions or concepts. Let me see something that someone had to actually manufacture to put any validity to rumors.
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Unlike previous generations, these iPhone 5 rumors are all over the map.

Must mean Apple fired or "took care" of the leakers.

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Fake.

And a really bad one at that.

Some kid was playing around with his trial or pirated 3D CAD package. The apple isn't centered in the circle. You wouldn't lay out the drawing that way, especially with the 2 views overlapped in the lower right corner, with one face-down and another one face-up in the background.

I wouldn't even say 'nice try'....

I think you're right on.

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post #22 of 53
I think this is the new iPod Touch, not the new iPhone. (If indeed these are "real" designs)
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Fake.

And a really bad one at that.

Some kid was playing around with his trial or pirated 3D CAD package. The apple isn't centered in the circle. You wouldn't lay out the drawing that way, especially with the 2 views overlapped in the lower right corner, with one face-down and another one face-up in the background.

I wouldn't even say 'nice try'....

I suspect you're probably right, but I think the Apple actually is centered. The leaf going to the right often has an optical illusion to it. If you look at the center of the stem points on the top and bottom, it does look centered to me.
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Like some have already said... I don't really like this supposed "new" design. It would make the quality iPhone feel like an iPod touch. iPod touch is great, but iPhone 4 has that feeling of durability and weight. Not saying others should like the iPhone 4 design; just saying I prefer iPhone 4 design much better...
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The only way this (or any "case" leak) is true is if it is based on advanced access to production design plans, ie, the contract manufacturers who need to prep their manufacturing for new form factors. There is no way Apple gives specs to 3rd party case manufacturers - even trusted companies like Griffin and InCase - a full 2 months ahead of launch (assuming mid-september launch). We've seen Apple issue cease and desist orders before (such as for that iPad 2 case that leaked) which generally implies they are accurate, but I take these all with a HUGE grain of salt.

urrr... yes they do, incase always had cases ready at the Apple Store during launch, so they must've had measurements at the latest 6 months prior the shipping date.
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Maybe I'm being more careful with my iPhone 4, but I was constantly dropping my iPhone 3. Seems to me the iPhone 4's 'rectangular' design is easier to hold onto? Can't remember ever dropping my iPhone 4? (Knock on wood! ) In fact, I don't even have a case for my iPhone 4!
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Originally Posted by frugality View Post

Fake.

And a really bad one at that.

Some kid was playing around with his trial or pirated 3D CAD package. The apple isn't centered in the circle. You wouldn't lay out the drawing that way, especially with the 2 views overlapped in the lower right corner, with one face-down and another one face-up in the background.

I wouldn't even say 'nice try'....

This is not an Apple case but an aftermarket case. Such renditions have surfaced before and turned out to be legit. Measurements will sometimes leak from manufacturers or trusted 3rd party manufacturers, no matter how much security you place in a factory, measurements can be memorized and written-down later, then sold for a pretty penny.
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post #28 of 53
This looks completely wrong to me. Then again the iPhone 4 leak looked fake before we got the high-def images of the device.


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You mean "farther," not "further."
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com...s-farther.aspx

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I don't consider that to be incorrect despite the fact I'd have used 'farther' as described by GG. If you read the entire article you link to you'll see 'further' is also accepted by all but the most pedantic. Considering this is a tech forum the fact your entire post — and your second post on this forum — was to point out what you think is an incorrect word by a single letter I wonder what you expected to gain from your off-topic comment.
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Maybe I'm being more careful with my iPhone 4, but I was constantly dropping my iPhone 3. Seems to me the iPhone 4's 'rectangular' design is easier to hold onto? Can't remember ever dropping my iPhone 4? (Knock on wood! ) In fact, I don't even have a case for my iPhone 4!

Same experience, my Og iPhone went a flying many a time and though the screen never cracked it did take the odd ding on the metal. My iP4 has blessedly remained firmly in hand.
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I don't consider that to be incorrect despite the fact I'd have used 'farther' as described by GG. If you read the entire article you link to you'll see 'further' is also accepted by all but the most pedantic. Considering this is a tech forum the fact your entire post and your second post on this forum was to point out what you think is an incorrect word by a single letter I wonder what you expected to gain from your off-topic comment.

Well said! I'm a bit of a grammar Nazi myself but I don't ever call people out for misusage unless it somehow creates ambiguity. And as anyone who has studied language knows, the whole point of grammar is not to adhere to arbitrary rules, but rather to ensure clarity in communication. Swapping out "further" and "farther" creates no ambiguity, regardless of the nuances of difference in their definitions.
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Re: farther vs. further ...

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... I don't consider that to be incorrect despite the fact I'd have used 'farther' as described by GG. If you read the entire article you link to you'll see 'further' is also accepted by all but the most pedantic. Considering this is a tech forum the fact your entire post and your second post on this forum was to point out what you think is an incorrect word by a single letter I wonder what you expected to gain from your off-topic comment.

Just because people are using a word incorrectly doesn't make it right.

I'm usually in favour of grey areas in grammar, but these words have (at least originally) completely different meanings. I mean why don't we all just exchange grunts and forget about grammar altogether if we are going to do this.
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if it's the new iPhone. It's also (again, if true) a kind of a direct admission that everything they said about the iPhone 4 antenna was a lie, which is a very unusual and very hard to believe move for Apple to make.

It's not impossible that the new iPhone-5 won't have the wrap-around antenna, changes might be required for them to move to a single CDMA/GSM model. The existing iP4 models have to have slightly different cases as I understand it in order to handle their different antenna needs.

This is all very hypothetical though, I freely confess to knowing nothing about modern RF circuits.
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Re: farther vs. further ...

Just because people are using a word incorrectly doesn't make it right.

I'm usually in favour of grey areas in grammar, but these words have (at least originally) completely different meanings. I mean why don't we all just exchange grunts and forget about grammar altogether if we are going to do this.

Indeed lets not take this any f*rther.
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Re: farther vs. further ...

Just because people are using a word incorrectly doesn't make it right.

I'm usually in favour of grey areas in grammar, but these words have (at least originally) completely different meanings. I mean why don't we all just exchange grunts and forget about grammar altogether if we are going to do this.

Just because people don't think a word is correct doesn't make it upright. As inkswamp astutely stated the purpose of language is to communicate.

Let's remember that all language is made up. That means that all rules, all spellings, all definitions, and even their associated phonemes and morphemes.

One day, perhaps even your lifetime, your use of the word 'grey' may be considered incorrect for your usage in favor of 'gray'.


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Indeed lets not take this any f*rther.



I'm ruther enjoying it.
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post #35 of 53
This is a case for a new Samsung phone, it just looks like it's for an iPhone.
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Its probably a case for a fake iPhone sold at one of the fake Apple Stoer.
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Unlike previous generations, these iPhone 5 rumors are all over the map.

That's because they are a mixture of rumors about "Plan A" (iPhone 5) and "Plan B" (iPhone 4S).

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post #38 of 53
I like the current iPhone 4 form factor.
I think it is classy.
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Remember that there was talk about Apple still selling the iPhone 3GS as an entry level device that would be cheep without a contract and really cheep with a contract. Well if they were going to do that they would need to bring one to Verizon too...so this might be the new iPhone 3GS that would have that dual CDMA/GSM chip. That would also explain why the LED flash hasnt moved because they might use the 5MB camera module that is used in the iPhone 4, and the new iPhone 4S or 5 would then have the new 8MB camera module with dual LED flash. If you think about it if they do keep the iPhone 3GS around they would have to update the look and maybe some of the internals because if they plan on supporting the phone with later iOS updates they usually keep updates for a phone 3, 4 years after it has been out right? Moving this new iPhone 3GS to the A4 would also make more sense with all the new dual core chip phones coming out now...it would also allow the iPhone 4S to have the A5 and the new iPhone 5 and iPad 3 could run the rumored A6 or an updated beefier A5+

Just some thoughts off the top of my head...let me know what you think...
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Remember that there was talk about Apple still selling the iPhone 3GS as an entry level device that would be cheep without a contract and really cheep with a contract. Well if they were going to do that they would need to bring one to Verizon too...so this might be the new iPhone 3GS that would have that dual CDMA/GSM chip.

One problem with changing the 3GS shell too extensively is it impacts their litigation against samsung - which is another reason why I wonder if this might be the long fabled TD-SCDMA phone.


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Moving this new iPhone 3GS to the A4 would also make more sense with all the new dual core chip phones coming out now...it would also allow the iPhone 4S to have the A5 and the new iPhone 5 and iPad 3 could run the rumored A6 or an updated beefier A5+

I think we can safely assume that any new model of phone, will have at least an A4, but other than that it's not clear. Lots of rumours, but no real data.
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