Rumor: First pictures of next-gen iPhone display assembly surface

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
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.

Display Assembly
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.

Display Assembly Close-up
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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  • Reply 1 of 63
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member


    These next few weeks are gonna be a real… 


    ????

  • Reply 2 of 63
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    I get an increase of 18% not 26% on the one plane.
  • Reply 3 of 63
    I'm pretty sure that is the Galaxy IV.
  • Reply 4 of 63


    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

  • Reply 5 of 63
    muppetrymuppetry Posts: 3,331member
    Well the assembly in the photo clearly has a 16:9 screen area.
  • Reply 6 of 63
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member


    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.


     


    "NOT LIKE THAT MATTERS ON AT&T, AMIRITE?"

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    845032845032 Posts: 76member




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    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member


    Originally Posted by 845032 View Post

    [video]


     


    … 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.

  • Reply 9 of 63

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by marcusj0015 View Post


    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. :)

  • Reply 10 of 63
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    If the camera doesn't change- no prob. If it gets better- wow!
  • Reply 11 of 63


    Worst kept secret ever.

  • Reply 12 of 63
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    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...
  • Reply 13 of 63


    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.

  • Reply 14 of 63

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    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post



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




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

  • Reply 15 of 63


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    Originally Posted by GTR View Post





    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...



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    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.

  • Reply 16 of 63

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    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post


    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.

  • Reply 17 of 63
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member


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

  • Reply 18 of 63
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    tylerk36 wrote: »
    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.

  • Reply 20 of 63

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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    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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