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On the heels of photos claiming to show the front and back of Apple's next-generation iPhone, a new video shows a close hands-on look at the parts, giving an idea of how such a device might look and feel.

The video, posted on Monday by Japanese blog Macotakara, shows what are alleged to be the front glass panel and the back panel of Apple's next iPhone, expected to launch later this year. It feature the slightly taller 4-inch display that Apple is expected to adopt, as well as a headphone jack moved to the bottom of the device, and a smaller dock connector port.

The front of the pictured handset retains the home button that has been on every Apple smartphone since the first iPhone launched in 2007. In the video, the user can be seen stretching their thumb from the top to the bottom of the screen, demonstrating how the larger 4-inch display can still be operated using one hand.

The video purportedly showing Apple's next iPhone also includes a SIM card port on the right side of the device, while volume and mute buttons remain on the left side, and the lock button remains in the top right corner. The back of the handset also has the two-toned look that has been featured in previous component leaks.

Also included in the video are a number of internal parts alleged to be from Apple's next iPhone. Among them is a flexible power cable that includes connectors for the volume buttons, mute switch, sleep button, and a new unknown feature, all located in the top left of the device.



Author Danbo said he has "no idea" if the power cable's new mystery feature will connect to a near-field communications chip. Rumors have suggested that Apple plans to add NFC functionality to its next iPhone, making the new Passbook application in iOS 6 more full-featured with e-wallet functionality.

Over the weekend, a front and back panel claimed to be from Apple's next iPhone also surfaced in still pictures online. They showed identical features from previous component leaks, including a centered FaceTime camera above the earpiece.

The back of the handset features a two-tone aluminum design with a unibody casing that has a slight beleveled edge. The back panel was said by those who had hands-on time with it to have a high-quality milled aluminum feel consistent with Apple products while remaining remarkably thin.
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Another BS rumor.

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I disagree Realistic. IMO it's likely spot-on. I personally believe some of these very recent "leaks" aren't leaks at all but carefully-crafted teasers with Apple's approval.

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This design is starting to look real.

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I disagree Realistic. IMO it's likely spot-on. I personally believe some of these very recent "leaks" aren't leaks at all but carefully-crafted teasers with Apple's approval.
For what purpose would Apple want to tease us with an unfinished product? Especially when Tim Cook says they're doubling down on secrecy.
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Yep, Tim Cook is definitely doubling down on secrecy alright... Nice work Tim!
 

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For what purpose would Apple want to tease us with an unfinished product? Especially when Tim Cook says they're doubling down on secrecy.

I would think some of the reasons are pretty obvious. Build excitement, get some press attention to distract from other players's product announcements/releases, generally get people talking and spreading the word about the "new iPhone" that's worth waiting for.

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I also think this was a carefully planed leak... but I doubt this is the new iPhone we are looking at... or at list I hope so! because if it is, it is simply lot uglier then current version!

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I like it but wont be able to upgrade this year, my 4S is tied to a 2-year plan.

Does anyone have any idea what the internals might be? I'd like to see Apple go for 32GB in the entry model with up to 128GB on the high end, all with the A5X but on a 32nm fabrication process. I'm just waiting for Apple to dump ARM and go Intel, very soon the process technology lead (2 years) Intel has over all other competitors will make the ARM vs x86 argument moot when it comes to battery life and heat dissipation.

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Yep, Tim Cook is definitely doubling down on secrecy alright... Nice work Tim!

 

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post #11 of 50

that's the next iphone 5...mark my words...

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Going to be tough to make the claim this is photoshop'd.
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Why didn't they make the back more minimal?

 

(yes, I think this is real)

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The design is not good. It doesn't look like a 4" screen at all. I was hoping for a 16:9 4" screen... Apple really isn't interested in giving people what they want. Sometimes you have to bend to the will of the consumer. It sure woud've been nice to have a big screen iPhone.

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if there's a version with a silver metal back, oh baby, I'm all over that. It'll look great next to my first gen.

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That's OBVIOUSLY fake. Like a daltonian monkey did it. :P
I remember the day I saw the iPhone 4 in the hands of gizmodo, I knew that was the real thing because it looked perfect and very well built.

I think this is the real thing, someone with the right machines could maybe fake it but I doubt it. Anyway all past 6 months clues point to an iPhone like this so that reinforces my feeling.

A few of my girl friends told me they thought the iPhone 4 was too masculine. I think this one is even more. For sure they'll keep a white version, and I'm still dreaming about colored iPhones!
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After looking at this video I think It's real the other post I could say it was photo shop but this my dude I really think it's the real deal .. The question i have is the back panel made out of Liquidmetal or just aluminum ? If its the metallic glass this would make this phone the best ever ... I know some of you think it looks ugly but I love the new look I can't Wait to see what the hardware is like I guessing NFC and a huge upgrade in ram
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After looking at this video I think It's real the other post I could say it was photo shop but this my dude I really think it's the real deal .. The question i have is the back panel made out of Liquidmetal or just aluminum ? If its the metallic glass this would make this phone the best ever ... I know some of you think it looks ugly but I love the new look I can't Wait to see what the hardware is like I guessing NFC and a huge upgrade in ram

You too? A photoshop? You know that PS isn't a magical program, it can't create realistic looking images from nothing like that. There are 3D programs like 3DS Max for that.
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The design is not good. It doesn't look like a 4" screen at all. I was hoping for a 16:9 4" screen... Apple really isn't interested in giving people what they want. Sometimes you have to bend to the will of the consumer. It sure woud've been nice to have a big screen iPhone.

The rumours are that it's 1 pixel off from being exactly 16:9 which means it's still 16:9 by all other measures. How is that 1 pixel difference an issue?

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The design is not good. It doesn't look like a 4" screen at all. I was hoping for a 16:9 4" screen... Apple really isn't interested in giving people what they want. Sometimes you have to bend to the will of the consumer. It sure woud've been nice to have a big screen iPhone.

 

But if everything we've heard is true that's exactly what this is.  same screen width as current version, lengthened to 16:9 aspect ratio, making it a 4" screen.  You're only talking about a half-inch diagonal different between this and the current version.  It's not going to appear much larger.

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The design is not good. It doesn't look like a 4" screen at all. I was hoping for a 16:9 4" screen... Apple really isn't interested in giving people what they want. Sometimes you have to bend to the will of the consumer. It sure woud've been nice to have a big screen iPhone.

 

IMO the present 3.5 is just right if you focus more on phone then web/apps etc.

 If it is 4"...  they may have had no choice in order to fit the LTE chips and keep the battery life they wanted. Are there any small form factor phones out there that have LTE and have decent battery life?

However, IMO they are leaving money on the table by not having a 4.5 inch size to compete with the SGIII and for those that have more focus on web and apps. Simple expand the present screen ratio up to 4.5(retina screen be damned!). Time will tell.

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Not a huge fan of the two-tone back. Reminds me of this:

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
…it's 1 pixel off from being exactly 16:9 which means it's still 16:9…

 

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Not a huge fan of the two-tone back. Reminds me of this:

I like the look a lot. The two-tone and the colours. The device was crap but that's a different issue.

One additional thing that makes me think this is real are some of the iOS 6 colour choices. For instance, Mail app has a grey-blue Menu Bar that I think will look very nice with this rumoured dark metal color.

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Widescreen will make typing easier as you get another 176-178 pixels vertically. They can even add a numbers row so you don't have to keep pressing the number button and in landscape, they can allow you to split the keyboard like on the iPad.

I don't think a 4.1" 16:9 screen will be exceptionally big and movies would look much better.

I think the overall design is really nice but it's still not clear that this is the final design. This could be one of a few models and aspect ratios. It leaked quite early on and no copyright notices have been issued by Apple to Youtube. This would be classed as a stolen prototype but nothing has been done by Apple so far. Perhaps they are realising that legal action means confirmation of its authenticity and even more publicity. The build quality looks too good to be fake.
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Just thinking about the serial number on the phone in the video, couldn't they trace that back to the day it was built and potentially the people who had access to it?
If I was sneaking video I would have covered it up, maybe giving weight to the controlled leak theory.

 

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It leaked quite early on and no copyright notices have been issued by Apple to Youtube. This would be classed as a stolen prototype but nothing has been done by Apple so far.

 

Apple doesn't do that anymore. Just as you said, about three years ago they stopped asking sites to take down images because that immediately validated them.

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They can even add a numbers row so you don't have to keep pressing the number button and in landscape, they can allow you to split the keyboard like on the iPad.

Hmm... in landscape mode it'll still be the sam vertical height so I can't see how a row of numbers would do anything but reduce the amount of non-keyboard real-estate. I'm thinking they'll be able to add some buttons on the side or make the buttons thinner and wider thus allowing for more real estate for relevant data. In portrait mode I think we'll just get to have more usable space.

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The rumours are that it's 1 pixel off from being exactly 16:9 which means it's still 16:9 by all other measures. How is that 1 pixel difference an issue?

 

 

Nobody will want a 16:9 screen on an iPhone.  If 16:9 was best, Apple would have used it from the first generation.  But Apple decided AGAINST 16:9, and for very, very good reasons.  16:9 is NOT GOOD FOR ANYTHING except TV shows.

 

Apple does extensive prototype testing.  It decided that the very very bestest screen shape and size was the one they decided upon.  Any other size, any other shape is inferior.

 

I do not believe that Apple is going to shitcan the best size screen.  I do not believe that Apple is going to shitcan the best shaped screen.  Not in a million years.

 

If 16:9 was any good at all, Apple would not have rejected it so soundly for 5 generations of iPhones.  Apple does extensive prototype testing.  It KNOWS what the bestest is and Apple always uses the bestest.  Changing the size and the shape would be a HUGE mistake, because that would mean shitcanning the bestest in favor of something that is less bestest.

 

 

 

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I want a wider and longer "4inch" display completely redesigned casing. It just looks like they stretched the length out to say ohhh well its 4 inches. Just seems like a like they tried to shoe horn in the "4 inch height of the screen rather than simply make it wider and longer. Smaller isn't always better. I really want to have a new and significantly different iphone. 

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Nobody will want a 16:9 screen on an iPhone.  If 16:9 was best, Apple would have used it from the first generation.  But Apple decided AGAINST 16:9, and for very, very good reasons.  16:9 is NOT GOOD FOR ANYTHING except TV shows.

 

The world has moved on since the first iPhone. Remember that when the first iPhone was being designed, third party apps weren't even on the roadmap. Most apps will benefit from the extra vertical height.

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Originally Posted by RichL View Post
The world has moved on since the first iPhone. Remember that when the first iPhone was being designed, third party apps weren't even on the roadmap. Most apps will benefit from the extra vertical height.

 

Notice the /s at the end of his post.

 

Notice also he's a multi-account troll and you should disregard everything he has ever said.

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IMO the present 3.5 is just right if you focus more on phone then web/apps etc.

 If it is 4"...  they may have had no choice in order to fit the LTE chips and keep the battery life they wanted. Are there any small form factor phones out there that have LTE and have decent battery life?

However, IMO they are leaving money on the table by not having a 4.5 inch size to compete with the SGIII and for those that have more focus on web and apps. Simple expand the present screen ratio up to 4.5(retina screen be damned!). Time will tell.

I agree there is nothing wrong with the current size.  My request though would be a design that doesn't have to be wrapped in rubber condom for protection.  Come on who cares how thin they can make it if you immediately have to put an ugly protector on it.

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Notice the /s at the end of his post.

 

Notice also he's a multi-account troll and you should disregard everything he has ever said.

 

D'oh. :(

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Nobody will want a 16:9 screen on an iPhone. <snip>  16:9 is NOT GOOD FOR ANYTHING except TV shows.

AMEN, brutha. 16:9 makes no sense in a computer, let alone a phone. I seriously hope this isn't the next iPhone.

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This must be the most leaked Apple since the iPhone 4. Whatever happened to the culture of secrecy?

 

It's interesting though that we've seen the iPhone 5 in extreme detail, but have yet to see much of the iPad mini.

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Nobody will want a 16:9 screen on an iPhone.  If 16:9 was best, Apple would have used it from the first generation.  But Apple decided AGAINST 16:9, and for very, very good reasons.  16:9 is NOT GOOD FOR ANYTHING except TV shows.

 

Apple does extensive prototype testing.  It decided that the very very bestest screen shape and size was the one they decided upon.  Any other size, any other shape is inferior.

 

I do not believe that Apple is going to shitcan the best size screen.  I do not believe that Apple is going to shitcan the best shaped screen.  Not in a million years.

 

If 16:9 was any good at all, Apple would not have rejected it so soundly for 5 generations of iPhones.  Apple does extensive prototype testing.  It KNOWS what the bestest is and Apple always uses the bestest.  Changing the size and the shape would be a HUGE mistake, because that would mean shitcanning the bestest in favor of something that is less bestest.

 

 

 

/s

 

Oh pish posh. 16:9 is the standard because it's shape we see in in. That's why TVs are 16:9, it's the perfect shape.

 

Obviously video will hugely benefit from a 16:9 aspect, but games will also get a massive boost. The current screen is so tiny that on screen controls cover much of the screen. Going wider will help a little, although of course, not as much as just making an iPhone with a modern screen size, as well as a modern ratio.

 

When Apple designed the first iPhone few were watching video on the go, or playing games on phones, so it didn't really matter that the screen was so tiny.

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Oh pish posh. 16:9 is the standard because it's shape we see in in. That's why TVs are 16:9, it's the perfect shape.

Obviously video will hugely benefit from a 16:9 aspect, but games will also get a massive boost. The current screen is so tiny that on screen controls cover much of the screen. Going wider will help a little, although of course, not as much as just making an iPhone with a modern screen size, as well as a modern ratio.

When Apple designed the first iPhone few were watching video on the go, or playing games on phones, so it didn't really matter that the screen was so tiny.

For video from TV, sure, but it's far from a perfect aspect ratio. There really is no such thing unless you qualify it for a specific use. For example, 16:9 isn't perfect for theatrical releases but it's decent balance for those that want to use letterboxing and those that prefer to shave some picture off the screen. I'd wager at some point even our TVs will become wider and larger thus closing the gap between a theater experience and the HEC.

The iPhone could go wider so long as it device isn't much bigger. The problem with most of these high-end smartphones is that they are pushing the boundaries of being useful with one hand. What we're seeing with these rumours is an iPhone that isn't any wider in portrait view thus allowing the thumb to sweep just as far across the display as before and still be able to slide into the pocket easily. It might even be slightly easier to use and pocket if the casing, display tech and other components allow for it to reduce it's in-hand volume.

The iPad is a prime example of why a tablet should be around 4:3 and not 16:9. I'd rather use letterboxing on that display to create a smaller window for the occasional times I watch video than have poor formatting for reading which is what I use it for the most. And I'm not talking about reading books, I'm mostly reading article on webpages.

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Nobody will want a 16:9 screen on an iPhone.  If 16:9 was best, Apple would have used it from the first generation.  But Apple decided AGAINST 16:9, and for very, very good reasons.  16:9 is NOT GOOD FOR ANYTHING except TV shows.

Apple does extensive prototype testing.  It decided that the very very bestest screen shape and size was the one they decided upon.  Any other size, any other shape is inferior.

I do not believe that Apple is going to shitcan the best size screen.  I do not believe that Apple is going to shitcan the best shaped screen.  Not in a million years.

If 16:9 was any good at all, Apple would not have rejected it so soundly for 5 generations of iPhones.  Apple does extensive prototype testing.  It KNOWS what the bestest is and Apple always uses the bestest.  Changing the size and the shape would be a HUGE mistake, because that would mean shitcanning the bestest in favor of something that is less bestest.



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Edit: missed the s in your post. That's a nasty little s lol

What about web pages or the keyboard? They would also benefit from a larger screen.
Of course people tend to prefer what they are used to. I tried a galaxy nexus and I think that will always be too big for me. My current phone, the nexus s, has a perfect size for me. Too bad that it seems they are not going with that aspect ratio on the iPhone 5. If found a concept with that ratio and it looks great!

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Originally Posted by kotatsu View Post
This must be the most leaked Apple since the iPhone 4.

 

That'd be because there hasn't been a new design since the iPhone 4… And we saw iPhone 4S leaks before its launch, so your statement's not based in much of anything.

 

Whatever happened to the culture of secrecy?

 

We know absolutely nothing about the actual device nor if these parts are anything but a purposeful leak. I'd say that's fairly secret.

 

It's interesting though that we've seen the 6th iPhone in extreme detail, but have yet to see much of the iPad mini.

 

Wonder what that says about the idea of an iPad mini.

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