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Pictures claiming to show the back panel of an unreleased iPhone suggest Apple's next-generation handset could feature an aluminum back, a new, smaller dock connector, and a relocated headphone jack.

The images showing a slightly taller iPhone design were provided by repair firm "uBreakiFix" (via Engadget). The images appear to show an iPhone with an aluminum back, featuring ends made of glass at the top and bottom.

The significant redesign also features a much smaller dock connector on the bottom of the device. It also shows a headphone jack that has been relocated to the bottom of the handset.

However, the purported next-generation iPhone component also features a suspicious font used to display the "iPhone" product name on the rear panel, suggesting the component could be an elaborate counterfeit.

The component does align with a number of rumors that have surrounded Apple's anticipated sixth-generation handset. Some reports have claimed that Apple plans to ditch the glass-back design employed on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S for a new aluminum back.

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A relocation of the headphone jack on the next iPhone could also explain why a previous component showed the headphone component attached to the earpiece and Wi-Fi parts. In the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, the headphone jack is included with the handset's volume buttons and mute switch on the same component, as all of those features are located in the upper left corner of the device.

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In addition, Apple is also rumored to retire the 30-pin iPod dock connector, which its devices have featured for years, with a new, smaller port that would save space on its devices. The new dock connector is rumored to make its debut on Apple's sixth-generation iPhone, which is expected to launch this fall.

Finally, the next iPhone is also rumored to feature a 4-inch display, slightly larger than the 3.5-inch screen found on all previous iPhone models. The back panel pictured in the latest component appears to show a slightly longer design, which could accommodate a larger screen on the next iPhone.
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Who Knows... but if the overall design does end up looking this (mildly) evolutionary, as in just an elongated version of the current theme, it'll just serve as further evidence that Apple's design team appears to have few truly new ideas on the horizon.
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I hope that is fake, because that is ugly and not innovative at all. The font and horrible design suggests it is in my opinion. Large plastic holes for the speakers? (iPhone 2g had much smaller holes) Dot between camera and LED? Too many bad design decisions that go against Apple's profile. Anyone else agree?

 

I think its a chinese fake, and the mini-connector is likely micro USB. 

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iPhony, iReckon.

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Who Knows... but if the overall design does end up looking this (mildly) evolutionary, as in just an elongated version of the current theme, it'll just serve as further evidence that Apple's design team appears to have few truly new ideas on the horizon.

 

Does a device have to look dramatically different to improve? It's about the function first and foremost, isn't it?

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Pictures claiming to show the back panel of an unreleased iPhone suggest Apple's next-generation handset could feature an aluminum back, a new, smaller dock connector, and a relocated headphone jack. ...

 

I'm not sure I buy this at all.  Given the timing, wouldn't right now be more the time when various prototypes are being created and far too soon for a finished product?  

 

Also, why replace the glass back (which admittedly can shatter sometimes), with an aluminium back that won't shatter, but will scratch far more easily?  It seems to me that there would be more complaints about the scratching than there would be incidences of shattered backs.  Even if you're going to do an aluminium back, why leave the glass bits at the top and bottom?  That's gives you the worst of both choices in that the glass bits could still shatter and the aluminium bits will still scratch.  It's also a bitch to join them up and creates two new seams where there (apparently) needn't be any at all.   

 

Also, why move the headphone jack to the bottom, and the speaker holes look both ugly and less efficient.  It really doesn't look very "Appley" to me at all.  

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That is horrible.  Is that headphone jack on the bottom right?  What's up with the terrible speaker grille?  That elongated iPhone looks terrible.  I really want LTE, but not if it looks like that.  I don't mind a smaller dock connector though.  

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Who Knows... but if the overall design does end up looking this (mildly) evolutionary, as in just an elongated version of the current theme, it'll just serve as further evidence that Apple's design team appears to have few truly new ideas on the horizon.

 

Did you expect the device to look circular, or like an octagon? What would be defined as 'revolutionary' to you, while still being realistic, practical, and reasonable? It's a phone/device that's going to be marketed  almost every country in the world, sell in the hundreds of millons, and has to maintain compatibility with hundreds of millions of apps, etc. It's going to be thin and rectangular. The main points in question are screen size, aspect ratio, and build material. Being as rectangular slab is not 'further evidence' of fucking anything, which is garbage sensationalism. You honestly think Apple's design team doesn't have any 'ideas'? If they did, do you want them to just throw all those ideas at the wall and release them, regardless of the thousands of factors they need to consider when implementing these ideas? By your definition every single iteration of a product that wasn't the 1st is evolutionary, but that doesn't mean it's evidence of any lack of creativity. This isn't a boutique product to be sold to a boutique audience. It will be the best selling and most mainstream device in the world. The iPad and the iPhone will stay largely the same physically for years to come. 


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I call B.S. on this one.  Those mis-placed and mis-sized ports are signature features of the counterfeit iPods we see all over the 3rd world.

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This is absolutely awful. There is no way this is the real deal. If it is, bye bye Apple, hello Android

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Did you expect the device to look circular, or like an octagon? What would be defined as 'revolutionary' to you, while still being realistic, practical, and reasonable? It's a phone/device that's going to be marketed  almost every country in the world, sell in the hundreds of millons, and has to maintain compatibility with hundreds of millions of apps, etc. It's going to be thin and rectangular. The main points in question are screen size, aspect ratio, and build material. Being as rectangular slab is not 'further evidence' of fucking anything, which is garbage sensationalism. You honestly think Apple's design team doesn't have any 'ideas'? If they did, do you want them to just throw all those ideas at the wall and release them, regardless of the thousands of factors they need to consider when implementing these ideas? By your definition every single iteration of a product that wasn't the 1st is evolutionary, but that doesn't mean it's evidence of any lack of creativity. This isn't a boutique product to be sold to a boutique audience. It will be the best selling and most mainstream device in the world. The iPad and the iPhone will stay largely the same physically for years to come. 

 

 

You sound like Samsung.
 

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Folks just like you said the exact same thing when the iPhone4's design leaked out.  They were proven wrong on such an epic level.

Wait and see...

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Who Knows... but if the overall design does end up looking this (mildly) evolutionary, as in just an elongated version of the current theme, it'll just serve as further evidence that Apple's design team appears to have few truly new ideas on the horizon.

 

Its a phone.  A device that is pretty much one big screen, with a few little buttons & a connector.  How much different will it ever look than elongated version of the current theme?

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This is absolutely awful. There is no way this is the real deal. If it is, bye bye Apple, hello Android

 

So you'd move to an even WORSE design and WORSE OS? I don't get it.

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post #15 of 164
I'm not liking what I see so far but #1 who knows if this is what the new phone will look like and #2 it's hard to judge without seeing a finished product.
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Looks more like an opening for the lock button.  I'd say this is a poorly done knockoff. 

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Definitely needs more "trick" stuff to appease the hacker-in-the-basement crowd, like neon lights, internal cooling ducts, and a WICKED "schwa" sticker. 

 

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Love the iPhone 4 / 4S design but it's time for something new. And I have to say, I'm not crazy about the "tall iPhone 4" look. I want a 4" iPhone screen but with the same aspect ratio as the 3.5" screen and designed physically like an iPad 3 with an aluminum back, tapered edges. This is the direction the design should move in- they should unify it with the iPad look if they can and make it the thinnest phone on the market. 

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Love the iPhone 4 / 4S design but it's time for something new.


Why?

 

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…they should unify it with the iPad look if they can and make it the thinnest phone on the market. 

 

I'd rather have usable battery life. It's already too thin.

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It will be the best selling and most mainstream device in the world. The iPad and the iPhone will stay largely the same physically for years to come. 

 

People buy the iPhone and iPad because they have cutting edge design blended with leading edge technology.

 

Remove the annual or bi-annual design changes and you reduce the incentive for existing users to upgrade and you allow the competition to start putting out better looking devices.

 

Frankly I don't want to pay top dollar for something "mainstream". I could buy something a lot cheaper than the iPhone/iPad if that's all I wanted. I want something that looks amazing.

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Does a device have to look dramatically different to improve? It's about the function first and foremost, isn't it?

 

Function has nothing to do with it.  My first car from over 25 years ago functioned quite well.  Yet todays same car version looks drastically different then the version I had even though its function was superb.

 

There is a word however, that both the automakers and Apple's iPhone wish to avoid, and that word is...

 

STALE!

 

And making a smaller dock connector, moving a headphone jack, etc. doesn't cut it.  You can't see internal improvements and functionality on a phone's software soul of this type when it is turned off as it rests on a table.  You can when the exterior is remodeled and is new and different! Hopefully Steve, as it was said, put a lot of work into this before he passed.  I hope his last collaboration does not come out looking like some rehash version of a model introduced almost three years ago.  

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I really hope the new dock connector size rumor is wrong. I just bought a bunch of iPod/iPhone cables and also am buying a new car this fall. This last-second notice is not enough time for the manufacturer to change their built-in iPod connectors to the new size. Switching would be (I fear) an expensive retrofit.

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I do not want tapered edges on my phone. It works great for the iPad but it would only make the phone harder to hold. 

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I really hope the new dock connector size rumor is wrong. I just bought a bunch of iPod/iPhone cables and also am buying a new car this fall. This last-second notice is not enough time for the manufacturer to change their built-in iPod connectors to the new size. Switching would be (I fear) an expensive retrofit.

 

So you'll buy a $10 adapter and live with it until you buy your next car that includes the new port. How's that expensive?

 

Why should faster transmission and better design be held back by USB?

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Who Knows... but if the overall design does end up looking this (mildly) evolutionary, as in just an elongated version of the current theme, it'll just serve as further evidence that Apple's design team appears to have few truly new ideas on the horizon.

 

 

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Does a device have to look dramatically different to improve? It's about the function first and foremost, isn't it?

 

The necessity to have to had a dramatic redesign of phone models and variations every year is the backbone MO of Nokia, Motorola, Sony et al. It does not or paid too much by Apple. Form and function is the foremost in Apple's mind not how it looks. If it works well, it does not have to be evolutionarily redesign to succeed. Much to the dismay of folks like DaHarder et al. with their strong Android, Nokia beliefs. Sorry for you.. just walk away.
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Ok the first photo 9to5Mac released shows a black Apple logo on the white model. Second set of photos show a lighter gray logo on the white model. Makes me think these are prototype and NOT what the final design will look like.
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I'm saying this is an ugly fake. The only stipulation I'd add is that the initial pics of the iPhone 4 leaked by Gizmodo were of a significantly low quality that the device didn't look like something Apple would produce, yet once quality images showed up the fit and finish was obvious and it was clear it was an Apple product.

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I do not want tapered edges on my phone. It works great for the iPad but it would only make the phone harder to hold. 

I don't really like the tapered edges on the iPad either. The dock connector is not as accessible to connect a cable and tends to encourage people to pull on the cord to disconnect it which could lead to the insulation detaching from the plug and possibly cause a short circuit or even a fire.

 

The flat edges on the phone actually serve a purpose as you can set it on a surface and let it take video or you could watch video as well without holding it.

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Function has nothing to do with it.  My first car from over 25 years ago functioned quite well.  Yet todays same car version looks drastically different then the version I had even though its function was superb.

 

There is a word however, that both the automakers and Apple's iPhone wish to avoid, and that word is...

 

STALE!

 

And making a smaller dock connector, moving a headphone jack, etc. doesn't cut it.  You can't see internal improvements and functionality on a phone's software soul of this type when it is turned off as it rests on a table.  You can when the exterior is remodeled and is new and different! Hopefully Steve, as it was said, put a lot of work into this before he passed.  I hope his last collaboration does not come out looking like some rehash version of a model introduced almost three years ago.  

 

Function always top of every designers brief (if it is set to function in the first place, of course). Period. #Just imagine. Cars and phones are a totally different product category not just the way how people use them but the way they work is remarkably different. You cannot paint with the same brush mobile phones, which need to be as light as possible even with all the electronics cramped in one place etc. with cars, that the size alone does not warrant them to be in the same category.
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Even if you're going to do an aluminium back, why leave the glass bits at the top and bottom? 

My best guess is due to possible reception issues...

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It's going to be thin and rectangular. The main points in question are screen size, aspect ratio, and build material. Being as rectangular slab is not 'further evidence' of fucking anything, which is garbage sensationalism. You honestly think Apple's design team doesn't have any 'ideas'? If they did, do you want them to just throw all those ideas at the wall and release them, regardless of the thousands of factors they need to consider when implementing these ideas? By your definition every single iteration of a product that wasn't the 1st is evolutionary, but that doesn't mean it's evidence of any lack of creativity. This isn't a boutique product to be sold to a boutique audience. It will be the best selling and most mainstream device in the world. The iPad and the iPhone will stay largely the same physically for years to come. 

 

Sure it will sell.  However, all Apple products have "boutique" built into them.  Heck I can remember Steve Jobs at a keynote saying the back of Apple's  monitors looks better than some of the competitors front!  Which shows Apple cares about it's vanity when it comes to their products.  Sure Apple isn't going to reinvent and redefine the rectangle.  However, the original iPhone-iPhone 3G-iPhone 4 ARE re-stylings of that rectangle all of which had to account for "thousands of factors".  When iPhone 4 came out it had a WOW factor because of its design.  Today, that WOW factor will turn into a WOAH factor if the soon to be released iPhone looks similar to the stylings of a phone released almost 3 years ago.

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So you'd move to an even WORSE design and WORSE OS? I don't get it.

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This is absolutely awful. There is no way this is the real deal. If it is, bye bye Apple, hello Android

Give the guy a break will you. It was his first post and he hasn't got his trolling wings yet. He may get better.
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I'm saying this is an ugly fake. The only stipulation I'd add is that the initial pics of the iPhone 4 leaked by Gizmodo were of a significantly low quality that the device didn't look like something Apple would produce, yet once quality images showed up the fit and finish was obvious and it was clear it was an Apple product.

Here's one photo:

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And another:

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On the first one the colors are black and the font looks different, almost looks like the lettering on iPhone is raised, not flush with the surface. Clearly these are not the same devices. So perhaps these are prototypes and the final design may look completely different.
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Looks legit to me. Wide screen display, insulated antenna, no glass on the back -- smart choices. An improvement over the current design, without deviating too much. Only length has been added, which is the dimension that tolerates most increase without affecting convenient one-hand operation.

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I'm saying this is an ugly fake. The only stipulation I'd add is that the initial pics of the iPhone 4 leaked by Gizmodo were of a significantly low quality that the device didn't look like something Apple would produce, yet once quality images showed up the fit and finish was obvious and it was clear it was an Apple product.

 

Sadly, there are some remarkable high res detailed photos at 9to5 Mac now.  

 

If this is a fake, it's a rather good one.  

 

I think it's time to start posting ...

 

 

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Looks legit to me. Wide screen display, insulated antenna, no glass on the back -- smart choices. An improvement over the current design, without deviating too much. Only length has been added, which is the dimension that tolerates most increase without affecting convenient one-hand operation.

 

 

This is what I think too.  And if this is legit, that means the new iphone will be out much sooner than fall because when legit components start to leak, it means production has started.

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Function always top of every designers brief (if it is set to function in the first place, of course). Period. #Just imagine. Cars and phones are a totally different product category not just the way how people use them but the way they work is remarkably different. You cannot paint with the same brush mobile phones, which need to be as light as possible even with all the electronics cramped in one place etc. with cars, that the size alone does not warrant them to be in the same category.

 

You are missing the point!  Don't compare phones to cars.  Compare cars to cars and phones to phones.  If the car you are happily driving today and you were willing to plunk down a boatload of money to purchase because its styling caught your eye and the function suited your needs, if the new model looked the same ten years later and your function needs remained the same would you still be as willing to purchase?  Don't tell me styling is not a consideration in any of the purchases you make be it a phone or a car or a home or an appliance or a soul mate...  

 

And what about clothes?  Surely you are not looking for the same style clothes you wore in the seventies either!

 

Haircuts?  Still parting you hair in the middle?  Or keeping that mullet up?

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Sadly, there are some remarkable high res detailed photos at 9to5 Mac now.  

If this is a fake, it's a rather good one.  
How come the color of the logo and font is different on these second set of photos? And there is no "Designed by Apple in California. Made in China" like on the first one. This doesn't look like a finished design to me.
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How come the color of the logo and font is different on these second set of photos? And there is no "Designed by Apple in California. Made in China" like on the first one. This doesn't look like a finished design to me.

Different viewing angle, I suppose...

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Damn, looks like it might be real. It's not what I had in my head, but oh well, I'l buy one anyway.

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