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Pictures of an alleged fully-assembled next-generation iPhone hit the web on Sunday, offering what could be the most detailed look at Apple's upcoming device yet.

The photos, posted on the blog of Japanese iPhone repair company iLab Factory, depict what is supposedly a complete next-generation iPhone built from leaked parts sourced from China.

The purported unit pieces together previously-seen components including the smaller 19-pin dock connector first rumored in June and 4-inch display and a relocated headphone jack. The site notes that the home button's finish has been modified and feels to be improved. A report in April found a supposedly leaked home button had been slightly redesigned internally to accomodate changes made to the screen and case.

While all of the external parts are in place, most of the handset's innards are missing with only power and sensor flex cables and accompanying home button circuitry installed. This lack of integral electronics, such as cameras, logic board and battery, hint the supposedly-leaked parts may have come from an upstream supplier rather than an assembly plant.

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Source: iLab Factory


Pictures of the unit's casing show the two-tone aluminum design first seen in early June, though noticeably absent is the nano-SIM card tray purportedly leaked in May.

The unit's front seems to sit tightly with the uni-body casing which, unlike the current generation iPhone 4S, features a slightly beveled edge. Side shots show the expected volume rocker button assembly and hold switch as well as a sleeker profile compared to existing iPhones.

Making a reappearance is the small hole located beween the camera assembly and the unit's LED flash, a feature which was rumored to be removed in final production models.

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Source: iLab Factory


As mentioned above, much of the internals are absent, however what is in place yields some insight into how Apple plans to utilize the cramped space. The site notes three screw anchors on the back plate will likely hold the display in place while four screw anchors located on the unit's right wall and six on the left will most likely secure integral components as the device can no longer be opened by removing case-back. Also new are four screw holes at the top of the case near the power button though their use remains a mystery.

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Source: iLab Factory


Overall, the site points out the alleged device boasts a high-quality milled aluminum feel consistent with all Apple products and makes special note of the unit's thinness.

Apple is rumored to announce a follow-up to the iPhone 4S sometime this fall with one analyst estimating an early-September launch.


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Fully-assembled… case.

 

I hate 16:9…

Originally posted by Marvin

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These look like the real deal. Hopefully this level of completion implies we'll see the new model sooner rather than later. Apple needs to hit a home run with the iPhone 5; Samsung has been (surprisingly, at least to me) outselling Apple 2:1 lately.

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This 'alleged' new iPhone simply looks like a slightly elongated version of the now 2-year-old iPhone 4/4S with a few tweaks here and there - Which is hardly anyhting remotely ground-breaking/innovative and it's beginning to appear that there's a certain degree of complacency in the Apple design deparment lately.

Time for Apple to start to 'Think Different' again.

Anyway... It'll likely sell well enough (merely because it's an Apple product), but it's becoming pretty obvious that the once creative arm of Apple is (seemingly) coming up very short on interesting ideas as of late (to include iOS 6), while competitors are truly advancing the state of mobile device technology/design.

Come on Cook, Ivy and Company... Surely there are still a few great (design) ideas left in you.
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I don't think this will sell that well. Looks like the same thing. They should have thought of something else.

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The sky is falling!
 

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These look like the real deal. Hopefully this level of completion implies we'll see the new model sooner rather than later. Apple needs to hit a home run with the iPhone 5; Samsung has been (surprisingly, at least to me) outselling Apple 2:1 lately.

That's not a single model.
Hopefully they are not increasing the screen size as 3.5 is all you need. 5 years and Apple has kept the screen size. It's been a success. No need to me with it
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It is very sad that the screen does not have dimensions of the center back panel. Only if Apple managed to do that, the screen would've been measured as at least 4.5" or maybe close to 5". (Yes, you know I hate the Home button, wish it is gone for good, or at least got squeezed at the bottom).

From the design point of view, do not like the asymmetry between the screen and the center back panel either.

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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post
…complacency in the Apple design department lately. Time for Apple to start to 'Think Different' again.
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I don't think this will sell that well. Looks like the same thing. They should have thought of something else.

 

Are you people freaking kidding me? Do you really think that after over a year of saying this that it means anything at all?

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The front and sides look like they could be legit but there is no way Apple would produce a two-tone rear case.

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Originally Posted by chadmatic View Post
…there is no way Apple would produce a two-tone rear case.

 

😩 やれやれ。。。

 

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Commonality among smartphone designs notwithstanding, this looks considerably like an "Apple-ized" HTC Arrive/7 Pro... front and back. (Sans slide-out keyboard)

 

Not that I have a problem with that. Eventually there will be convergence. Years ago when the first Glock pistol appeared on the market their advertisements claimed "someday all handguns will be this good." Years later, other handgun manufacturers caught up because the Glock design (and technology) was the best.


Edited by Howie - 7/29/12 at 1:33pm
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I still call bullshyt on several reasons:

 

1)  How many pictures did we see of the aboslutely-guaranteed-to-be-it-because-Jesus-himself-said-so iPhone5 prototype.. and we only got the 4S.  It was supposed to have a curved body & wider 4" screen.  Every blog/techsite/leak swore up & down the iPhone5 was coming in for sure in October 2011.  So much so, I watched the whole announcement and was absolutely sure the 5 was still going to show up after the 4S and look like this:

 

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2)  How does a "Japanese iPhone repair facility".. build an iPhone5 from "spare parts from a Chinese factory".  Get fukk outta here.  Really.  I'd believe that, right after I believe a "German car mechanic" has built his own replica of the "competely redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette".

 

3)  How hard is it.. to build a chassis from leaked pictures.  We've already seen the proposed renderings using professional software.  I'm sure someone with enough time/money/effort/talent would go out of their way to build their own fake iPhone5 prototype.. just because of the attention it will attract.

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And now they begin to come out of the woodwork.  I clearly remember when the original iP4 came out, iTrolls lambasted the design, ridiculing Apple for coming out with something so ugly, and how no one will buy this phone.  Clearly they harped the "Apple is doomed" mentality.

 

This is a solid update, with most (if not all) the internals updated.  It's a great looking, elegant, polished looking design that still keeps the iconic iPhone design and image.  People will know when they see it that it's an Apple creation.  I think it looks great.

If you had the expectation of some radical redesign (and you know who you are), there are plenty of garbage Android phones you can buy that the vendor or your choice will gladly support until the next "new" phone three months later, after which they will forget about you like yesterday's newspaper.  Guys like you need your next 5-minute-fix to keep your ADHD attention-span occupied.

Apple of course will sell a gazillion of these phones, to which you same sofa-critics will then deduce that it was only the loyal iSheep that bought it and to simply "wait till the iHype wears off" and then "Apple is clearly doomed" mantra kicks in.

Same tired story.  You criticize Apple for not being original yet fail to look into the mirror and see that you're the one that lacks originality.

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I would prefer the current 3.5". Fits in my pockets, and believe a 4" will 'stretch' my pants as my phone always falls 'landscape-wise' It really looks 'long':

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😩 やれやれ。。。

 

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LOL!  Let me re-phrase that...  There is no way Apple would produce a two-tone rear case in the pattern shown in that photo.  :)

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I call this fake !!!!

The unit is ugly, desproportioned and ill finished.

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Pictures of an alleged fully-assembled next-generation iPhone hit the web on Sunday...

 

Doesn't look quite right to me.  The front plate seems to sit up higher in this assembly than the current 4s model, which is very unlikely. It's pretty obviously crooked in most of the shots and the backplate they are using seems like a reject more than a spare part given the overall roughness of the seams.  

 

I think the overall thickness of the phone will be slightly thinner than these shots imply.  They make it look thicker than the 4s.  

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Are you people freaking kidding me? Do you really think that after over a year of saying this that it means anything at all?

Exactly. Blah, blah, blah. Meaningless blather.
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No idea what the haters are on about. This is exactly what I was hoping they would ship, and the new screen looks like the perfect compromise between the comfortable existing size and the ludicrous giant panels of their competitors.

16:9 will be great for movies and games, and in portrait offers more usable screen real estate for scrolling content like web pages and lists (which make up the lion's share of most non-game applications).

I hope it has some non-obvious tech like an NFC chip in there as well, but either way I'm buying this, and so will most of you guys once you actually see Tim Cook bring it out on stage and explain why it's great.
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The front and sides look like they could be legit but there is no way Apple would produce a two-tone rear case.

I kind of agree.

 

Also, is that a blue tone?  How do you make stainless steel blue without affecting its conductivity?  Along that line, if the back is metal and presumably stainless steel, where are the separation points to provide two clear antennae?

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I still call bullshyt on several reasons:

 

1)  How many pictures did we see of the aboslutely-guaranteed-to-be-it-because-Jesus-himself-said-so iPhone5 prototype.. and we only got the 4S.  It was supposed to have a curved body & wider 4" screen.  Every blog/techsite/leak swore up & down the iPhone5 was coming in for sure in October 2011.  So much so, I watched the whole announcement and was absolutely sure the 5 was still going to show up after the 4S and look like this:

 

I think you are misremembering.  

 

There were no leaks of parts for an iPhone 5 as you describe, nor any pictures of same on any websites.  There was a lot of speculation and some very persistent usage of certain graphics (like the one you posted), which were clearly renders and not based on anything factual.  You are mistaking "this same image is on every website" with "this photograph is on every website." 

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Which is hardly anyhting remotely ground-breaking/innovative and it's beginning to appear that there's a certain degree of complacency in the Apple design deparment lately.
Time for Apple to start to 'Think Different' again.

 

Except that actual factual data & common sense would tell you diffferently.  

 

How much has the styling of the iPhone changed in 5 years?  How much has the styling of the iPad changed in 3 years?  How much has the styling of the iMac changed in 4 years?  How much has the styling iPod changed over 10 years?  How much as the styling of the AppleTV changed in 5 years? How much as the styling of the Macbook Pro changed in 5 years? How much as the styling of the Macbook Air changed in 4 years?  How much has the styling of the Airport Extreme router changed in 7 years?

 

Apple doesnt completely redesign a device, because "DaHarder" from the internet says they need too.  And they definitely dont competely redesign a device because "everyone else has redesigned theirs".  They create a design that works incredibly well and they refine the living shyt outta it.  Dont believe me, read their history.  You want brand new styling that looks groundbreaking different.. then go buy another Android phone to add to your collection of now almost worthless older Android, Blackberry & Palm devices.  One of the reasons those devices have lost both value & interest so quickly.. is that theres always a "newer & better" version available literally next week.  Where as someone with an original iPad or iPhone 3GS.. can easily sell it over 3 years later for atleast $200 bucks.

 

As to what I believe Apple will actually announce this fall.  4G/LTE, 4" or bigger screen, NFC technology.  Those are the biggest 3 things happening right now, that consumers are truly unanimously craving.  A complete redesign is not a huge concern fro them and would be rather far down on the list.


Edited by Daekwan - 7/29/12 at 1:47pm
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So this allegedly is coming from a Japanese iPhone repair facility based on leaked parts from China and people say this looks legit? How would an Japanese iPhone repair facility get their hands on leaked parts from China?
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I think you are misremembering.  

 

There were no leaks of parts for an iPhone 5 as you describe, nor any pictures of same on any websites.  There was a lot of speculation and some very persistent usage of certain graphics (like the one you posted), which were clearly renders and not based on anything factual.  You are mistaking "this same image is on every website" with "this photograph is on every website." 

 

Not sure what world you were living in last year this time, but there was leaked everything.  All the way down to the icons that supposedly changed in iTunes showing the wider phone and case makers actually selling the wider case designs.

 

As I said before.. the entire tech world was 110% sure the iPhone5 was going to look exactly like what I showed, before the iPhone4S was introduced.

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I kind of agree.

 

Also, is that a blue tone?  How do you make stainless steel blue without affecting its conductivity?  Along that line, if the back is metal and presumably stainless steel, where are the separation points to provide two clear antennae?

 

The blue tint is bad photography.  The back is two toned because the majority of it is metal, but the top and bottom "stripes" are inlaid glass or ceramic.  The antennas are the top and bottom "loops" of metal as they were in the last model, separated from the main steel chassis by non-ferrous black bands as before.  The glass on the top and bottom back in combination with the antenna separators gives the antennas the separation they need from the metal backplate.  This makes for a "unibody" back piece but still keeps the antennas separate.  

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If it does look like that then it will be christened as the iPhone 4S II by the media.  Does it really matter if the outside case doesn't look like some futuristic design as long as most of the improvements are internal?  I would still think it will sell in the tens of millions regardless of the relatively unchanged case design.  Do users really care about how it looks all that much and less about the iOS ecosystem?  I think some designs are keepers as long as they're ergonomically correct.  Like the Mac Pro design has been around for years and I never get tired of seeing it because I know it's based on function.  I really can't imagine that Apple consumers will demand their iPhones to look like the plasticky Samsung Galaxy S III.  I think the next iPhone should stay looking pretty much like past iPhones while using newer case materials and advanced internal components.  I'm more concerned about function over form.

 

This whole nonsense of judging retail products by some leaked photos coming from who-knows-where is just plain silly.

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"Photos alleged show fully-assembled next-gen iPhone"

 

...."or not."

 

That's how all of these articles should end, since no one really knows.

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As I said before.. the entire tech world was 110% sure the iPhone5 was going to look exactly like what I showed, before the iPhone4S was introduced.

 

As a computer technician and someone who posts here a lot and has for years (and therefore part of the "tech world"), I can easily disprove your assertion by simply saying that I disagree.  In fact I remember the design you showed (with the "rocker" style back) being roundly discredited on the only site I ever saw it mentioned on.  

 

Another discredited render that never really fooled anyone that was far more popular, would be the teardrop shaped one.  That one at least existed on several different sites and was posted many different times in lots of articles.  None of these were ever taken seriously, but if you are going to argue what you are, you'd be better off using the teardrop shaped model as an illustration than this other one.  

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I don't think this will sell that well. Looks like the same thing. They should have thought of something else.

You don't think this will sell well huh.  LOL  Sorry for the laugh but, all due respect, that is a ridiculous take.

 

I think it looks great but then again I don't care about having the biggest screen or most megapixels or whatever.  Software is what really counts and Apple has been a leader in this regard and continues to be.  The 16x9 is fine with me, I'll be upgrading from my old iPhone 4 as soon as I'm able to.  

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These look like the real deal. Hopefully this level of completion implies we'll see the new model sooner rather than later. Apple needs to hit a home run with the iPhone 5; Samsung has been (surprisingly, at least to me) outselling Apple 2:1 lately.

Outselling if you mean "shipped" vs. "sold". The press is full of idiots.

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There is nothing wrong with my iPhone 4S right now. I like the look of this design and I will appreciate LTE, iOS 6, and whatever else it has. It will be a nice step forward. I don't expect giant leaps every year.

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Are you people freaking kidding me? Do you really think that after over a year of saying this that it means anything at all?

The beginning of the end is never evident until the end is near and everyone asks, "what happened?". I'll tell you, innovation died with Steve Jobs and if the iPhone 5 does look like this than that will be a true statement. This phone is ho-hum at best. Zero innovation. You can and cut and paste so long. You can only buy up so much tech and call it your own. There statements may not mean anything today but a few years from now they will. If you are wondering, de-Nile is a river in Egypt.
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Are you people freaking kidding me? Do you really think that after over a year of saying this that it means anything at all?

 

But it was on the internet! It has to be true!

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If it does look like that then it will be christened as the iPhone 4S II by the media. 

4SS ?
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Couple of things that make this fake are: 1) The microphone jack placement and 2) the thickness . You can tell this just by looking at the size of the device around the input jack for the microphone/headset. It is the same thickness as current models. Also the placement of that Jack on the bottom is not really not going to occur. I have to thing those holes for the microphone and the speaker are highly unlikely. Can you say "lint"?

Nine of it makes sense.
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Outselling if you mean "shipped" vs. "sold". The press is full of idiots.

Keep hanging on too your 5 year old argument, it will match your new 5 year old looking iPhone 5.
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...innovation died with Steve Jobs...

 

He died less than a year ago. It's too soon to make sweeping statements like that. iPod was released in 2001. iPhone in 2007 (six years later). iPad in 2010 (3 years later). Did you expect the next groundbreaking product in 2012, and the next in 2013?

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4SS ?

Then they will sue Chevy for using SS on their cars claiming it was their idea first.
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If it does look like that then it will be christened as the iPhone 4S II by the media.  Does it really matter if the outside case doesn't look like some futuristic design as long as most of the improvements are internal?  I would still think it will sell in the tens of millions regardless of the relatively unchanged case design.  Do users really care about how it looks all that much and less about the iOS ecosystem?  I think some designs are keepers as long as they're ergonomically correct.  Like the Mac Pro design has been around for years and I never get tired of seeing it because I know it's based on function.  I really can't imagine that Apple consumers will demand their iPhones to look like the plasticky Samsung Galaxy S III.  I think the next iPhone should stay looking pretty much like past iPhones while using newer case materials and advanced internal components.  I'm more concerned about function over form.

 

This whole nonsense of judging retail products by some leaked photos coming from who-knows-where is just plain silly.

 

Never underestimate the "show-off factor" of a new phone. For some people, it is much more important to have a new design that you can impress your friends with than to have a phone that you actually like to use.

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