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With the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone less than two weeks away, a new set of photos that emerged on Friday offer a look at what is said to be a near-final rear shell and cover glass elements for the forthcoming handset.




The pictured components look almost identical to previous leaks and appear to be for a 4.7-inch device. They first appeared on Chinese web forum Wei Feng, where the original poster made no claims as to their provenance.

The shell itself features a series of seemingly plastic "ribbons" that surround its upper and lower extremes, where glass would normally be found on an iPhone 5 or 5s. The strips are closer in color to the metal than they have been in previous leaks, suggesting that they may remain in the final version.

It is unclear whether the ribbons are meant to act as radio-transparent covers for the handset's antenna system, or if they act as insulators of some kind. At least one previous rumor suggested that the design was not final, and the ribbons denoted areas that would be replaced with glass in the final model.




The bottom sports holes for a headphone jack, microphone, and Lightning port, alongside a redesigned speaker grille made of six large openings. The sides feature cutouts for the volume rockers, silent switch, SIM tray, and relocated power button.

The cover glass, meanwhile, maintains the same openings for a FaceTime camera and proximity sensor as previous iPhones. It appears to taper along the edge, matching up with previous leaks.

Apple is expected to announce the 4.7-inch device at an event on Sept. 9, perhaps alongside the hotly-anticipated iWatch. AppleInsider will be on hand at the event and will bring live coverage from Cupertino's Flint Center.

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not liking those bands

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I'm reserving judgement for the announcement. The leaks never look as good as the real thing. It will all make sense come 9.9 and Schiller is on stage announcing the new phone.
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Antenna cuts look a little less ugly with that toned down color, but they're still ugly to me...
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I do not like the bands either. I could understand if there were used for water proofing, impact mitigation but from the inside of the case you cannot see them so they appear to be purely decorative (sigh, ugly). With all the gaping holes i do not see this phone to be a waterproof - too bad my cheapo pebble watch is... so the technology is there. We shell see...

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It's official. The word purport and all its tenses have been killed by Appleinsider.
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Purportedly... 😶

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I don't mind the bands now, but I think they would look much better if they were made with radio-transparent liquid-metal instead of plastic.

Also I wish the side bezels on the front glass were thinner.

Overall, though, this is a fresh new look for the iPhone and I'm glad Apple didn't use glass inserts again. Everyone will have to get used to this new design.
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Leakers: last chance to earn your industrial espionage bonus cash! Hurry up and leak, you greedy bastards. Because in two weeks, no website will pay for these photos.

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HTC has a handset with those bands. I guess it could be made at the same factory.
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Leakers: last chance to earn your industrial espionage bonus cash! Hurry up and leak, you greedy bastards. Because in two weeks, no website will pay for these photos.

You don't think they're ready with parts and photos of a purported iPhone 6.5 or iPhone 7?

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not liking those bands


These bands are very strange. They almost look as some plastic to peel off – and I would like to peel it off ...

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I do not like the bands either. I could understand if there were used for water proofing, impact mitigation but from the inside of the case you cannot see them so they appear to be purely decorative (sigh, ugly). With all the gaping holes i do not see this phone to be a waterproof - too bad my cheapo pebble watch is... so the technology is there. We shell see...


I couldn't care less about the bands.

 

I also couldn't care less about waterproofing.

 

Guess this is the device for me!

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Purportedly... 😶

They nailed "provenance" tho ...
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I DO wonder however what the bands are made out of....given their location on the top and bottom....they look to be in a position that could bear the brunt of impacts....and if they are indeed plastic....crack or chip severely. I really hope this does not become like the iPhone 5's terrible chamfered edge which exposes sharp raw metal with smallest of dents.

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Geesh...AI, get some bandwidth or learn how to make thumbnails.

Also reexport those png on the top you can save about 90% file size

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I do not like the bands either. I could understand if there were used for water proofing, impact mitigation but from the inside of the case you cannot see them so they appear to be purely decorative (sigh, ugly). With all the gaping holes i do not see this phone to be a waterproof - too bad my cheapo pebble watch is... so the technology is there. We shell see...

Or it could be for inductive charging, NFC, and/or other functional reasons we haven't yet figured out. I think the least likely answer is "purely decorative."
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not liking those bands

 

I think this is the first time I'm able to agree with you.  I had hoped that the bands were 'placeholders' for the glass windows like the 5s.  It isn't a dealbreaker, though.

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We can be certain the bands of "bandgate" infamy will be filled with used chewing gum . . . that is radioactive, highly toxic, and which when it loosens, causes the top and bottom parts of iPhone 6 to fall off, rendering the whole thing unusable. 

 

OMG, what has Jony Ive been drinking lately?!!

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Man, that phone is ridiculously thin.  Love it.

 

Also- until you hold something in your hand and see it in person- you really shouldnt judge the appearance too harshly.

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not liking those bands
I can live with it. I'm more concerned about camera bulge.
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not liking those bands

I think this is the first time I'm able to agree with you.  I had hoped that the bands were 'placeholders' for the glass windows like the 5s.  It isn't a dealbreaker, though.

Yeah ...

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By the way I find it fantastic the way a legit rumor can be so misconstrued for so long. How long have we been hearing about "Curved glass" or "Curved displays"?

 

How many wrong ideas and mockups have we seen based on this interpretation?

 

How many people have we seen try to explain and justify a curved display?

 

When all along, this is all Apple was trying to do.....round the edges of the glass (the BEZEL section) so that its curves in to the already curving sides, creating a completely rounded feel.

 

That's it. They've probably been working on this design for at least 2 years if not longer, explaining pretty much the entire history of "curved glass" rumors.

 

But man has it been a funny ride with people pretending like they understand what this would amount to.

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Yeah ...

Like interpersonal relationships:  Appearance is the initial attraction -- but content of character closes the deal and sustains the relationship!

 

That's a deep (and true) thought for a Friday ;-)

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By the way I find it fantastic the way a legit rumor can be so misconstrued for so long. How long have we been hearing about "Curved glass" or "Curved displays"?

How many wrong ideas and mockups have we seen based on this interpretation?

How many people have we seen try to explain and justify a curved display?

When all along, this is all Apple was trying to do.....round the edges of the glass (the BEZEL section) so that its curves in to the already curving sides, creating a completely rounded feel.

That's it. They've probably been working on this design for at least 2 years if not longer, explaining pretty much the entire history of "curved glass" rumors.

But man has it been a funny ride with people pretending like they understand what this would amount to.

We have no confirmation of anything at this point.

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Leakers: last chance to earn your industrial espionage bonus cash! Hurry up and leak, you greedy bastards. Because in two weeks, no website will pay for these photos.

 

What I don't understand is, if you are going to leak photos, why you wouldn't take them in such a way that no identifiable background can be seen?  From the background shown in these photos, it should be fairly easy for Apple to trace the origin.

 
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Apple has finally made the ugliest iPhone.

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What I don't understand is, if you are going to leak photos, why you wouldn't take them in such a way that no identifiable background can be seen?  From the background shown in these photos, it should be fairly easy for Apple to trace the origin.

They don't care. It was a friend of a friend who stole the parts. Feng.com put their logo on the images so they are taking credit for it.

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I can live with it. I'm more concerned about camera bulge.

According to patent info, I've read -- the small elevation around the camera lens could allow quick and secure attachment of external lenses.

Previous iPhones give many DSLRs a run for the money -- except for the ability to attach external lenses.

iPhone cameras already provide geotagging, image stabilization, etc. that are only available on DLSR cameras costing several thousands of dollars.

It could expand the meaning of:  "The best camera is the one you have with you."

IMO, a little lens wart is a small inconvenience, considering the potential.
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It's official. The word purport and all its tenses have been killed by Appleinsider.



It is overused but I suppose it's the most appropriate word because the synonyms more strongly imply doubt. If they're getting anonymous tips, they don't want to go round saying things to the effect of 'this nut sent us a leak, we don't believe it but here it is anyway' and that's implied if they used allegedly. The word alleged is used more to describe people who have allegedly committed a crime but we assume not until it's proven. Purport comes across as less doubtful.

The color matching bands here look better that the higher contrast white and black ones. This is also in interior office lighting, which never looks good.

Still no explanation for the logo cutout though unless this is for NFC to get through.
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I do not like the bands either. I could understand if there were used for water proofing, impact mitigation but from the inside of the case you cannot see them so they appear to be purely decorative (sigh, ugly). With all the gaping holes i do not see this phone to be a waterproof - too bad my cheapo pebble watch is... so the technology is there. We shell see...
Excuse my ignorance, but how exactly do waterproof/resistant phones work? Does sound come out of the speaker holes? Does the microphone work? How is the headphone jack protected? All the buttons and switches that depress and move. How are these all sealed from water, but still operate correctly? Serious question.
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It's not a just a phone, it's really not mang. It's purportedly a lifestyle accessory. Kardashians unite.

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Leakers: last chance to earn your industrial espionage bonus cash! Hurry up and leak, you greedy bastards. Because in two weeks, no website will pay for these photos.

When I read your response, it triggered a memory of a homicide incident that occurred earlier this week at Foxconn. Here is the link to that story... http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2014/08/foxconn-homicide-related-to-new-iphone-6-security-measures.html.

 

Unsurprisingly, AppleInsider and other sites chose not to publish a story about this homicide since it just might make the sites look bad for pushing people to such extremes to leak confidential information for money. 

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I'm not liking shitty reception which can occur when you have a metal body. So if the answer to that issue is infusing some glass, plastic or whatever in the shell okay. I'll put the phone in a case and never have to look at them. Although in truth who really looks at the back of a phone that often given that you can't really do anything with the back.

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According to patent info, I've read -- the small elevation around the camera lens could allow quick and secure attachment of external lenses.

Previous iPhones give many DSLRs a run for the money -- except for the ability to attach external lenses.

iPhone cameras already provide geotagging, image stabilization, etc. that are only available on DLSR cameras costing several thousands of dollars.

It could expand the meaning of:  "The best camera is the one you have with you."

IMO, a little lens wart is a small inconvenience, considering the potential.
A few points...

I didn't know there was quite such a attachment lens market for the iPhone. I wouldn't guess that it is high on very many people's do-want list for the iPhone.

No iPhone gives a DSLR a run for the money. It beats many point-and-shoot cameras, but not a DSLR. Packing in the features will never compensate for the difference in sensor size. And that has nothing to do with megapixels. It's all about capturing data and data format.

Geotagging and image stabilization specifically and even HD video capture are available on DSLRs that cost less than $1000. Image stabilization in SLR lenses has been around for years.

A little lens wart is more than a small inconvenience if it means the iPhone doesn't sit flat on a table.
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That back with the plasticky bands is pretty ugly. Reminds me of the plastic edges on the mid- and late-2007 Mac Book Pros.

 

Not a fan… But on the basis that this leak may well be (hopefully is) complete BS, I'm happy to wait for the official launch to see the real thing.

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I do not like the bands either. I could understand if there were used for water proofing, impact mitigation but from the inside of the case you cannot see them so they appear to be purely decorative (sigh, ugly). With all the gaping holes i do not see this phone to be a waterproof - too bad my cheapo pebble watch is... so the technology is there. We shell see...

What are you talking about "decorative"? Apple does not do decorative.

For all you know, those inserts you're calling "bands" are the antennas, made of ceramic mixed with sintered metal, with electrical connections to the inside. Just an example of what they could be.

The leap to hand-wringing here is just astounding. The first thing you should do is trust that Apple knows what they are doing.

And another thing. I think they look good. Inlaying elements flush into plain—or plane—surfaces always adds tactile and visual interest, but the effect can only be appreciated with the device in your hand. When you see it in a 2D photograph only, it is your impoverished left brain that's doing the judging.
Edited by Flaneur - 8/29/14 at 9:05am
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I honestly don't mind the look, it is more interesting than the backs of most Android phones. Given that they are situated on all the edges where the phone is most likely to hit when dropped, that makes them easier and cheaper to replace if damaged than if that was metal to get chipped, allowing you to restore the phone to an undamaged appearance. It allows the antenna to work despite the metal case, and if Apple felt like it (I doubt they will, though it'd be cool if they do) they could light up with LEDs to serve as notification lights or just as "undercarriage lights" for those who are willing to spend the battery on it. 

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Still very HTC.
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Still very HTC.

No it isn't. HTC is about ridiculous bowed backs and brushed textures.
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