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Fresh photos claiming to be of a complete next-generation iPhone display assembly hit the web on Saturday, offering a glimpse at the 4-inch screen Apple is rumored to be employing in the new handset.

While the images from repair website UBreakiFix.com (via MacRumors) don't reveal much as the unit is not powered on, they are some of the first to show the smartphone's larger display. Although no conclusive findings can be made from the photos, the part's connectors, shown in an additional close-up shot, appear to resemble the layout of previous iPhone flex cables.

Apple is widely expected to be increasing the size of the sixth-generation iPhone's screen to 4-inches, up from the current 3.5-inch displays seen on the device since the first model launched in 2007. Although the unit's resolution has increased in the intervening years, including the move to Apple's high-resolution Retina display with 2010's iPhone 4, the physical dimensions of the screen have not changed.

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Purported photos of the next-gen iPhone's display assembly. | Source: UBreakiFix.com


A switch to a 4-inch display would mark a 26 percent bump in real estate, though some have speculated Apple may keep the horizontal resolution at 640 pixels while "stretching" the vertical to 1,136 pixels. In that particular configuration, the iPhone would be able to offer 16-by-9 aspect ratio content while retaining one-handed operation. Recent "leaks" provide for this theory, including photos of a "fully-assembled" next-gen iPhone and what is thought to be the new handset's display shielding.

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Close-up of display assembly's serial numbers and connectors. | Source: UBreakiFix.com


Apple is expected to debut the next-generation iPhone at an as-yet-unannounced special event on Sept. 12, with rumors pointing to pre-orders beginning the same day ahead of a Sept. 21 U.S. launch.
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These next few weeks are gonna be a real… 

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I get an increase of 18% not 26% on the one plane.

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I'm pretty sure that is the Galaxy IV.
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I'm hella excited for the next iPhone, anyone know the details on it's camera? I be tit's a lot better than the pretty great one in the 4S. :D

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Well the assembly in the photo clearly has a 16:9 screen area.
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Originally Posted by marcusj0015 View Post
…anyone know the details on it's camera? I be tit's a lot better than the pretty great one in the 4S. :D

 

I doubt it changed at all. I certainly hope it didn't change in resolution, since the sensor and lens are the same size.

 

Apparently the FaceTime camera is better quality, though.

 

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… I waited for the part of the video that slanted the viewer away from Apple. 

 

It never came, and I learned that you can be objective at times. Though what the video had to do with anything is another question.

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I'm hella excited for the next iPhone, anyone know the details on it's camera? I be tit's a lot better than the pretty great one in the 4S. :D

 

Just try to stay abreast of the latest iPhone news and rumors. :)

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If the camera doesn't change- no prob. If it gets better- wow!

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Worst kept secret ever.

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Worst kept secret ever.

Yeah.

Did Tim say that he was doubling down on secrecy or halving it?

I don't recall seeing so much information about a product before a launch without Gizmodo being involved...
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Originally Posted by GTR View Post
I don't recall seeing so much information about a product before a launch without Gizmodo being involved...

 

We saw easily this many parts before the iPhone 3G and S launches, and parts before the iPhone 4S launch, as well. Same with the iPad and iPad 2, though the former only hours before the keynote.

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I get an increase of 18% not 26% on the one plane.


You're right: (1136-960/960 = 18.5%

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Yeah.
Did Tim say that he was doubling down on secrecy or halving it?
I don't recall seeing so much information about a product before a launch without Gizmodo being involved...
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We saw easily this many parts before the iPhone 3G and S launches, and parts before the iPhone 4S launch, as well. Same with the iPad and iPad 2, though the former only hours before the keynote.

 

 


And wasn't there a video of someone in Asia actually using iPhone 4 before it was announced?

 

Larger scale production means more hands will touch parts. It's silly to blame Cook because the leaks are coming from contractors. You can't really remove anyone as suppliers after a leak because few companies in the world can supply in the huge quantities required by Apple.

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Worst kept secret ever.


I'd say the original iPhone was the worst kept secret. There is now a consistent history and a easily detectable trail for snoops. Before 2007, there was merely speculation and yet the rumor mill smelled the iPhone coming.

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I really wonder what specs this new iPhone will have.  Maybe an A6 processor?

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I really wonder what specs this new iPhone will have.  Maybe an A6 processor?

That seems like a given. SInce Apple started pimping their Ax chips with the iPhone 4 we haven't seen a different model. Granted it's only been 2 cycles but that's 100% since they started doing it. It seems highly unlikely to me that it will be an A5X which is the old lithography and double the graphic cores which makes it significantly larger and power inefficient, and yet somehow that a common belief for this 6th gen iPhone.

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
That seems like a given. SInce Apple started pimping their Ax chips with the iPhone 4…

 

The iPad has always received the new line of chips first. The iPhone gets the iPad's chip from earlier in the year.

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The iPad has always received the new line of chips first. The iPhone gets the iPad's chip from earlier in the year.

 

You could be right, the iPhone doesn't need more power than the iPad has, but it does need better battery capacity. If Apple were to change the processor, it would be for that reason.

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Display Assembly
 

 

Oh Man! These fat bezels look so ugly and outdated that I am still hoping this prototype is a joke. You can do better Apple.

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The iPad has always received the new line of chips first. The iPhone gets the iPad's chip from earlier in the year.

The A5 was in the iPad 2, was it not? The "X" was a 2x doubling of the RAM and GPU cores because of adding 4x the pixels. The best bet for the this iPhone is the 32nm lithography with dual core GPU unless you can argue as to why it need a 4 core GPU, 45nm build, and where it will get the battery power to last as long or longer than the current iPhone..

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Good to see that the iPhone 5 will run iPhone OS 4.0 lol.gif

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I hope these rumors are false cause that looks like the iPhone 4 from a few years ago. I just can't believe Apple spend 2 1/2 years working on something that looks like a stretch out version of the previous model.
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
The A5 was in the iPad 2, was it not?

 

Yep.

 

iPad: A4

iPhone 4: A4

iPad 2: A5

iPhone 4S: A5.

3rd iPad: A5X

6th iPhone: ___?

 

I'd imagine A5X unless there's reason to believe a smaller-process, lower power draw A6 is, in fact, possible.

 

And if the latter, that's just one MORE reason to re-add to our "why it's not the iPhone 5" list. lol.gif

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Yeah.
Did Tim say that he was doubling down on secrecy or halving it?
I don't recall seeing so much information about a product before a launch without Gizmodo being involved...

 

He also, curiously, said he would not be cracking down on rumor sites--not that you could win at that. So one would have to assume he meant doubling down on supply chain leaks. Doesn't seem to have much effect. In any case, I'm sure Apple builds plenty of one-off design studies or prototypes and sometimes the rumored parts are from those. I remember the rumor mill saying all through 2011 that Apple was changing the iPhone's size and shape last year and Hard Candy went off and made a batch of cases based on the leaked specs, and got burned when the iPhone 4S was announced. I take all rumors with a grain of salt.

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Good to see that the iPhone 5 will run iPhone OS 4.0 lol.gif

 

Good to see the iPhone 5 is still more portable. :lol:

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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
…and Hard Candy went off and made a batch of cases based on the leaked specs, and got burned when the iPhone 4S was announced.

 

And because of that, I'll feel a little better when we start seeing cases for a 7" iPad show up. lol.gif

 

How far in advance of the actual announcement was that, does anyone remember? Because we saw leaked cases for the MacBook Air about a day before its launch that were legitimate.

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I don't see an A5X in the iPhone. It doesn't need the graphical HP of the quad cores.

 

The good thing about the A5 is it's an excellent design with a very good GPU that's only been surpassed by the very latest quad cores (and not by very much to boot). That's also the bad thing about the A5. Since it's so good, Apple can get more mileage out of it and keep using it for another generation of iPhone, which means no new "surprise processor" like the A6.

 

Apple already has the 32nm A5 in the Apple TV and "new" iPad 2. Smart move to put it into lower volume product while they ramp up production and weed out problems. The iPad 2 with the new A5 already gets anywhere from 15-28% better battery life (depending on task). In the iPad the screen/backlight and processor are the two biggest power users. In an iPhone the processor is the single largest power user. This means the power savings in an iPhone would be even more significant than they are in the iPad 2.

 

I'm convinced the iPhone will get the 32nm A5, and they will ramp up the clock speed to give you the performance boost. So we'll get both a faster phone and one with a longer battery life.

 

I don't see an A6 until the next iPad.

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If you are talking about increase of the "area" in term of pixel percentage, then the calculation is:

[(1136*640)/(960*640)]/100 = (1136/960)/100 = 18.33%

 

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You're right: (1136-960/960 = 18.5%

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Just try to stay abreast of the latest iPhone news and rumors. :)

 

I'll bet you are glad you got that off your chest...

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You could be right, the iPhone doesn't need more power than the iPad has, but it does need better battery capacity. If Apple were to change the processor, it would be for that reason.

And someone here got ridiculed quite a while ago for saying the operating system on the iPad would need to delineate from the phone and iPod at some point...

I'm not saying I completely agree, but if the iPad is going jump ahead consistently because "battery is not as much of an issue", it certainly should evolve faster. So far we have seen faster evolution on the iPad...

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And because of that, I'll feel a little better when we start seeing cases for a 7" iPad show up. lol.gif

How far in advance of the actual announcement was that, does anyone remember? Because we saw leaked cases for the MacBook Air about a day before its launch that were legitimate.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but there were leaked cases of the iPhone 5 with the tear drop design 1 month and 23 days before the iPhone 4S was announced.

Is that what you were referencing?

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I'll bet you are glad you got that off your chest...

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The iPad has always received the new line of chips first. The iPhone gets the iPad's chip from earlier in the year.

 

That also relied on the June/July release schedule. With the September release, this might change.

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The A5 was in the iPad 2, was it not? The "X" was a 2x doubling of the RAM and GPU cores because of adding 4x the pixels. The best bet for the this iPhone is the 32nm lithography with dual core GPU unless you can argue as to why it need a 4 core GPU, 45nm build, and where it will get the battery power to last as long or longer than the current iPhone..

It won't be 45nm, it'll be either 32 or 22. They wuldn't make it have a larger lithography.

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Worst kept secret ever.

 

I suppose the previous worst kept secret was the iPhone 5 that Apple didn't release last year despite all the similar rumors, blurry pictures, 3D renderings, 3rd party cases, and component shots.

 

I'll wait until Apple officially announces the new iPhone before making any judgments.

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