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With the next-generation iPhone rumor mill in full swing following Apple's Tuesday special event invitation send-out, new photos have surfaced comparing the thickness of the purported handset with the current generation iPhone 4S.

One day following its publication of an allegedly leaked "iPhone 5" battery, repair site iResQ on Wednesday posted side-by-side comparison shots of the purported next-generation device and the iPhone 4S, illustrating a notable slimming down for the new handset.

If the set of images showing what is claimed to be a "fully assembled" iPhone 5 are accurate, the new device will be somewhat thinner than the existing iPhone 4S, saving much of the space by eschewing the "glass sandwich" design for a "uni-body" chassis solution. While it appears that Apple was only able to shave a couple millimeters off the supposed handset, the change is impressive given the already cramped internal design seen in the company's current model.

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Source: iResQ


It appears that the metal portion of the new device is a bit larger than its predecessor, however the expected in-cell display makes up for the size increase by being snugly integrated into the phone's casing, resulting in an overall slimmer profile.

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Apple is widely thought to be moving to a larger 4-inch screen, meaning the chassis should have a bit more wiggle room in terms of internal volume. The display, along with advanced wireless communications chips, will require a larger battery, possibly prompting engineers to reshuffle the component layout.

Along with the profile images, the site provided a side-by-side view of the two handsets' front faces. In comparison to the iPhone 4S, the sixth-generation iPhone is taller, however bezel, home button and speaker proportions seem to be identical.

Front Side-by-side


Previous reports point to a slightly revamped logic board with possible space-saving nano-SIM card tray, a relocated headphone jack, proximity sensor and front-facing camera, as well as a number of flex cable redesigns.

Apple sent out media invitations on Tuesday reading "It's almost here," implying the imminent debut of the new iPhone. The special event is set take place on Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern and AppleInsider will be providing full live coverage.
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Consumers are supposed to get excited over this?

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With the next-generation iPhone rumor mill in full swing following Apple's Tuesday special event invitation send-out, new photos have surfaced comparing the thickness of the purported handset with the current generation iPhone 4S.

 

It's only a millimetre.  Nothing to get excited about. 

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My fingers are still crossed that there is going to a bigger screen iPhone - cuuuuumon Apple!  

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Consumers are supposed to get excited over this?


How much different in design is the 4S from the original iPhone?  They did a great job designing it originally, and are continually making incremental improvements.  The hardware will be beefed up as will the capabilities as they are every year.  I am sure the larger screen and the improved speed as well as LTE will be noticeable to many users, especially those who are upgrading from a 3GS or a 4.

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Side View

 

 

Does NOT look like 7.6mm to me. More like from between 8 and 8.5.

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My fingers are still crossed that there is going to a bigger screen iPhone - cuuuuumon Apple!  

 

No, bigger screen please within the same 4S case!

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It will be interesting to see what the reaction to this is. Times are changing, and I'm not sure if Apple can afford to take it easy anymore. 

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Consumers are supposed to get excited over this?

Yes. Its pure awesomeness in a very small package. You really have to wait until you hold it and use it. Then when you buy it you can buy a go-faster case for it and some go-faster stickies, if you like.

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It's only a millimetre.  Nothing to get excited about. 

A millimetre is significant. Wait until you get one. The excitement will be in you hand.

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There's a new video out with one of these turning on. Not the obviously fake iClarified video, it's a new one that is also obviously fake for the same reason*, which is why I won't bother embedding it.

 

*Unless Apple is using an AMOLED screen in this iPhone, the screen is going to get brighter when it turns on, not just the icons on it… 

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It will be interesting to see what the reaction to this is. Times are changing, and I'm not sure if Apple can afford to take it easy anymore. 

 

I am afraid that the infinit stream of money set Apple to rest on their laurels. It's been a couple of lazy years and looks like they are going to do it for a couple more.

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I think the taller form factor makes sense - from a personal standpoint that I have a tall face and when talking on the phone directly, it will "fit" me better.  Hopefully the new screen will help reduce battery usage more than what the LTE radios will demand extra so that we get a real day's use out of the new phone.  Traveling last week, I ended the day, barely, with 2-3% left on my 4S and quite clearly was limiting my use as the battery drained.  I'm ok just making it through the day, but when I find myself turning off my phone after 9 hours working, just so I know I can save the little bit of battery left for an emergency, it's not working the way it should.

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This design is crap. It's basically a 4S S with pretty much the same thickness of body - it's just the thinner glass that is different - and that'll shatter more easily if there is only one layer. Then you've got those untidy holes all over the place - Steve Jobs would never have allowed a product like that to be released, it offends anyone with any artistic sensibilities. They aren't uniform, nor are they symmetrical. Was Jony Ive on leave when they thought this Frankenstein up? I really, really wanted to replace my tired old 3G iPhone this year, it's about 4 years old now and I really don't want a Samesung or a Notia...

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Can't wait to see its radio-less and even thinner brother, the iPod touch.  Mine is in dire need of replacement.

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Its a big meh from me, but lets see.

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Part of the decreased thickness might be due to replacing the glass back with Al.

 

To answer skeptics who poo-poo what they perceive as incremental change in design, consider this - how much has the overall shape of the Porsche 911 (feel free to replace with your fav luxury sports car) changed overall? If you're observant, you'd have noticed subtle changes every few years representing advances in headlights, metal fabrication technique, etc. All the while, the engine improved much more dramatically but also imperceptibly to those not able to drive one.
 

The point is that when you have developed a classic design, you evolve it deliberately and not just for the sake of change.

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Consumers are supposed to get excited over this?
The biggest YoY change the iPhone has ever seen and it's not exciting¡

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No, bigger screen please within the same 4S case!
No way! We had 2 years of that. Now it's time for this design.

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A millimetre is significant. Wait until you get one. The excitement will be in you hand.

Is that what they call it these days?
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The excitement will be in you hand.

Will I nap afterwards?

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How much different in design is the 4S from the original iPhone?  They did a great job designing it originally, and are continually making incremental improvements.  The hardware will be beefed up as will the capabilities as they are every year.  I am sure the larger screen and the improved speed as well as LTE will be noticeable to many users, especially those who are upgrading from a 3GS or a 4.

 

Different enough to know that the phone in the pictures is an iPhone 4.

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This design is crap. It's basically a 4S S with pretty much the same thickness of body - it's just the thinner glass that is different - and that'll shatter more easily if there is only one layer. Then you've got those untidy holes all over the place - Steve Jobs would never have allowed a product like that to be released, it offends anyone with any artistic sensibilities. They aren't uniform, nor are they symmetrical. Was Jony Ive on leave when they thought this Frankenstein up? I really, really wanted to replace my tired old 3G iPhone this year, it's about 4 years old now and I really don't want a Samesung or a Notia...

I'm sure Steve had quite a bit of influence on this design.

 

A good friend of mine who is high up at Apple, told me over 1.5 years ago, well before the 4S came out, that Apple would be going with a taller screen, not a wider screen. Sure enough, he was right.

 

Haters gonna hate.

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This design is crap. It's basically a 4S S with pretty much the same thickness of body - it's just the thinner glass that is different - and that'll shatter more easily if there is only one layer. Then you've got those untidy holes all over the place - Steve Jobs would never have allowed a product like that to be released, it offends anyone with any artistic sensibilities. They aren't uniform, nor are they symmetrical. Was Jony Ive on leave when they thought this Frankenstein up? I really, really wanted to replace my tired old 3G iPhone this year, it's about 4 years old now and I really don't want a Samesung or a Notia...

 

Can I borrow your Ouji board?

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This design is crap. It's basically a 4S S with pretty much the same thickness of body - it's just the thinner glass that is different - and that'll shatter more easily if there is only one layer. Then you've got those untidy holes all over the place - Steve Jobs would never have allowed a product like that to be released, it offends anyone with any artistic sensibilities. They aren't uniform, nor are they symmetrical. Was Jony Ive on leave when they thought this Frankenstein up? I really, really wanted to replace my tired old 3G iPhone this year, it's about 4 years old now and I really don't want a Samesung or a Notia...


The 4S is a beautiful phone. There are just so many ways to design a phone. Unlike Sammy, Apple had nothing to copy but it's own device. the iphone was never completely symmetrical to begin with. The facetime cam is off to the left of the earpiece in the 4S. the headphone jack wasn't in the middle.

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Consumers are supposed to get excited over this?

 

It's THAT, and everything else as a total package. 

 

The iPhone is just beautifully put together and it runs iOS. Everyone knows what that means. 

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Consumers are supposed to get excited over this?

 

No, nobody is asking anyone to get excited over leaked parts. And nobody cares if you're excited. If you like the product after its actually revealed, you buy it. If not, you don't. The market will decide. Meanwhile, those of us who are adults in the room will understand that it is the software/hardware features that nobody knows about yet, and whats actually inside this phone, that will define it. Imagine if just the cases of the new lumias with Win8 were leaked. The phones themselves look pretty much identical to previous lumias. Thats not the point. 

 

Oh, and yes, I imagine consumers will be excited after the 12th. Quite a few, actually. 

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This design is crap. It's basically a 4S S with pretty much the same thickness of body
Yes, pretty much the same thickness can be said about all YoY revisions to the iPhone and pretty much every phone model ever invented, especially now that we're talking about such a small value.

Did you even consider the relative different YoY? Did you complain about the 2nd the 3rd iPhone were thicker than the original iPhone?
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it's just the thinner glass that is different
Glass so think it's not longer on main part of the back plate. Glass so thin that the back plate is now part of the frame and ties into the side frame. That's
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and that'll shatter more easily if there is only one layer.
That makes as much sense as those that complained about Apple using glass and now all high-end phones use Gorilla Glass.

BTW, do you not hear about Gorilla Glass 2 or do you think Corning was telling you a fib?
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Then you've got those untidy holes all over the place - Steve Jobs would never have allowed a product like that to be released
Sure, you know what Jobs was thinking and you know that whatever Apple has had on the burner for the 6th gen iPhone was scraped as soon as Jobs died so they could start anew and bring it to market less than a year later¡
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it offends anyone with any artistic sensibilities.
If we're going to discuss things that offend the senses prepare for me to really tear your comments apart.

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This design is crap. It's basically a 4S S with pretty much the same thickness of body - it's just the thinner glass that is different - and that'll shatter more easily if there is only one layer. Then you've got those untidy holes all over the place - Steve Jobs would never have allowed a product like that to be released, it offends anyone with any artistic sensibilities. They aren't uniform, nor are they symmetrical. Was Jony Ive on leave when they thought this Frankenstein up? I really, really wanted to replace my tired old 3G iPhone this year, it's about 4 years old now and I really don't want a Samesung or a Notia...

 

Please, if buying a Nokia or Samsung will stop your tiresome, childish posts here, then go for it. I'll even chip in for part of the cost. Also, if you honestly gave a shit about Apple's mobile products, you would have already replaced your obsolete 5 year old 3G, but it's fun pretending that you care, right?

 

Oh, and I propose a new rule that instates automatic banning for any mention of 'Steve Jobs would have never allowed' horse-shit. It's such a despicable, presumptuous, and classless statement. As if you have the faintest clue in hell what Steve Jobs would or wouldn't have allowed, compared to the executive team that have worked with him every single day for 10+ years and oversaw every intricacy and detail of every product launch since the iPod and the millions of decisions that went into every product since then. No, you, as a random messageboard poster clearly knows better what SJ would have wanted. 

 

BTW dug up your 1st post here from 2007. You had such a sidainful view of Apple all the way back then, so tell me, why are you still with them? There's a shitload of other companies out there, nobody is holding a gun to your head making you buy anything Apple. 

 

 

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Apple certainly have decimated their QC department this year due to the iPhone launch. Are their ambitions greater than their capacities right now? I fear Apple are going to slowly erode their reputation for quality and reliability just at the time when Windows users are flocking to the platform - only to be confronted with all these needless, sloppy mistakes in various products.

Is it just me or do you agree Apple's pursuit of profit seems to be more raw than ever these days?

Mac

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Oh, and I propose a new rule that instates automatic banning for any mention of 'Steve Jobs would have never allowed' horse-shit. It's such a despicable, presumptuous, and classless statement. As if you have the faintest clue in hell what Steve Jobs would or wouldn't have allowed, compared to the executive team that have worked with him every single day for 10+ years and oversaw every intricacy and detail of every product launch since the iPod and the millions of decisions that went into every product since then. No, you, as a random messageboard poster clearly knows better what SJ would have wanted. 

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I think this is shaping up to be a great phone. I like the unibody design. The thinness of the glass is crazy. I think the long, slim design could actually turn out to be very cool. I suspect we'll see Android phones copy it. Samsung is probably working on the Galaxy Slim as we speak. By next year we'll be hearing that the slim design is inevitable and the idea of a wide phone is ridiculous.

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why does everyone expect/want a radical redesign every year, it makes no sense to redesign it just for the sake of it and to make it seem like its something different.

 

If apple feel they got the design right, then whats the point in them changing it?

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Part of the decreased thickness might be due to replacing the glass back with Al.

 

To answer skeptics who poo-poo what they perceive as incremental change in design, consider this - how much has the overall shape of the Porsche 911 (feel free to replace with your fav luxury sports car) changed overall? If you're observant, you'd have noticed subtle changes every few years representing advances in headlights, metal fabrication technique, etc. All the while, the engine improved much more dramatically but also imperceptibly to those not able to drive one.
 

The point is that when you have developed a classic design, you evolve it deliberately and not just for the sake of change.

 

Agree with you.  Love my 4s.  It's design is a classic.  As SJ said, "Like a fine Leica camera.."  Also, I like the glass back and stainless steel sides.  Makes the phone relatively hard to scratch.

 

Still, as a stockholder, I fear that the stock will not react too well if everyone starts saying that there is nothing new here - design wise.

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I'm very happy with my 4S. I really want to see the next version resemble an iPad like back. Now that is something thatI could get excited about.
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Why oh why are they moving the headphone jack to the bottom of the device??  Am I the only person who thinks this is odd?  Honestly can't see the reasoning for that one.  Someone please explain!

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This design is crap. It's basically a 4S S with pretty much the same thickness of body - it's just the thinner glass that is different - and that'll shatter more easily if there is only one layer. Then you've got those untidy holes all over the place - Steve Jobs would never have allowed a product like that to be released, it offends anyone with any artistic sensibilities. They aren't uniform, nor are they symmetrical. Was Jony Ive on leave when they thought this Frankenstein up? I really, really wanted to replace my tired old 3G iPhone this year, it's about 4 years old now and I really don't want a Samesung or a Notia...

 

Didn't Steve Jobs have a lot of input into the iPhone 5, so much so, he really glossed over the 4S phone?  Not sure you can blame Jony Ive on this one.  It is clear that the iPhone's design will be set for multiple generations before Apple does any sort of noticeable revamp with regards to total design change.  As of now it is software change and the swap this with this and put that over there with regards to current change. Bigger screen not withstanding.  Kind of like Mac Pros, iMacs, Mac Books and MBA.

 

A four year old phone!  Mine's not an iPhone, but what it is, is ten years old.

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It's hard to tell but the first pic makes it look like the internal space height could be ever so slightly increased.

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What I don't like or care about:
  • 4G (it will make me get a more expensive data plan, because it'll be hard to limit the data to 200MB in practice)

You can turn off 4G LTE if you want.

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Why oh why are they moving the headphone jack to the bottom of the device??  Am I the only person who thinks this is odd?  Honestly can't see the reasoning for that one.  Someone please explain!

I've been waiting for them to do this since they first did it with the iPod Touch years ago. My headphone cable is always getting in the way of my display and camera when because it's plugged in at the top. With at the bottom the extra length is never an issue.

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It's only a millimetre.  Nothing to get excited about. 

I get excited about it, in a bad way.  Keep that tiny mm and devote it entirely to battery!

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Consumers are supposed to get excited over this?

 

I am. I get excited when a new 911 Turbo Carerra Porsche rolls off the assembly line. The polish and quality of these designs drives the industry, period.

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I get excited about it, in a bad way.  Keep that tiny mm and devote it entirely to battery!

I'll be more surprised if the battery life isn't increased with this new phone.

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Why oh why are they moving the headphone jack to the bottom of the device??  Am I the only person who thinks this is odd?  Honestly can't see the reasoning for that one.  Someone please explain!

 

Makes sense to me.  With today's iPhone if you want to hear it ring your best bet is to shove it top-first into your pants or jacket pocket, but if you want to use headphones you have to flip it so the top is pointing up.

 

With this iPhone you'll use the same orientation regardless of whether you're using headphones or not.

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