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Next-generation iPhone backplates  (Source: 9 to 5 Mac)

Next-generation iPhone frame  (Source: 9 to 5 Mac)

Next-generation iPhone front glass  (Source: 9 to 5 Mac)
The next generation iPhone is expected to make an appearance in the fall along with iOS 6

New photos of the next-generation iPhone have hit the web, and it looks like Apple fans have plenty of new changes to look forward to when it arrives.

Earlier today, 9 to 5 Mac got its hands on the backplates and frames of the upcoming next-generation iPhone. From the images posted, it seems Apple is making some external and internal changes.

As with the iPhone 4 and 4S, the next-generation iPhone will be available in black and white. Both the black and white versions have backplates that are made of metal, with the plastic trim at the top and bottom. The metal antenna is molded into these metal backplates, likely as a way of making a unibody enclosure for stronger, yet thinner and lighter gadgets.

The new backplates and frames also show that the next-generation iPhone will be the same width, but it will be longer. The screen will reportedly be longer with a size of 3.999 inches diagonally and will have a resolution of 1136 x 640.

Other notable changes that are apparent from the backplates and frames are a smaller dock connector, redesigned speaker grills, a new opening between the camera lens and the LED flash (which is where a second microphone may be placed for better audio when recording video), the earphone jack has been relocated to the bottom corner of the iPhone, and the front camera lens has become centered above the earpiece. 

It also appears that Apple will not feature edge-to-edge technology in this version of the iPhone, but the possibility of Micro-SIM technology (or maybe even no SIMs at all) is pretty strong. LTE and a better processor are a few other add-ons that are expected in the next-generation iPhone.

The next generation iPhone is expected to make an appearance in the fall along with iOS 6.

In addition to next-gen iPhone spec leaks, it was also rumored last week that Apple will release a Mini iPad later this year. The Mini version of Apple's famous tablet is rumored to be 7-inches.

Speaking of Apple prototypes, an original iPad with two dock connectors sold on eBay for $10,200 yesterday. Apple never formally released an iPad with two dock connectors, where one was designed for portrait and the other for landscape, but that rare gadget made its way onto eBay for an expensive Memorial Day bidding war.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac



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RE: Meh
By Reclaimer77 on 5/29/2012 6:51:21 PM , Rating: 0
Yeah who wants a back button anyway? Certainly not anyone who actually wants to, you know, have a multitasking OS...


RE: Meh
By tayb on 5/29/2012 7:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
Did you know that you can double tap the home button and see a list of all the apps currently open at the bottom of the screen? If that isn't multi-tasking I don't know what is. And what purpose would a back button serve in this scenario? I doubt you've ever owned an iOS device or spent much time using one. You would have known that this feature existed.

I rather like all the iOS 5 vs Android 4.0 comparisons. How many phones out there are actually running 4.0? My Droid X certainly isn't. My fiance's Galaxy S certainly isn't. I don't know a single person, many of whom own Android phones, that are running 4.0. At least my 2 year old iPad will run iOS 5 perfectly fine.


RE: Meh
By sprockkets on 5/29/2012 8:01:06 PM , Rating: 2
Me and my other htc sensation friends on tmob are. Your galaxy s should have already gotten it but I know they stopped due to issues.

Moto phones are the worst with updates.


RE: Meh
By tayb on 5/29/12, Rating: 0
RE: Meh
By sprockkets on 5/29/2012 9:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
Whoops, I thought it was a galaxy nexus s. But it matters not, in S Korea they all got ICS on their Galaxy s phones. Sucks huh.


RE: Meh
By orgy08 on 5/29/2012 10:51:19 PM , Rating: 2
My galaxy S on sprint has had ICS since February, runs no problem on my phone.

http://epiccm.blogspot.com/


RE: Meh
By matty123 on 5/30/2012 8:20:03 AM , Rating: 2
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She went into an outlet to get help removing a virus and they sent her home with a packet to update her phone to 2.4.


No such thing as android 2.4, clearly your hate of android has caught you in a lie...


RE: Meh
By nafhan on 5/29/2012 11:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
I bet you were a big fan of the single button mice, too... stupid right clickers and their menus and their blatant disregard for ambidexterity. :) Seriously, though, other than aesthetics, I can't think of a reason why a blank space on the front of the phone is superior to a capacitive button.

It kind of sucks to not have the newest possible software as soon as it comes out (or ever) on a device that's only a couple years old, but honestly, what'd iOS 5 bring to the table that made your 2 year old iPad significantly better? Likewise, is there something wrong with the Droid X or the Galaxy S that would be fixed by ICS? That said, I WOULD be kind of upset if I was stuck on Android 2.1 or earlier.


RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/30/2012 4:31:30 AM , Rating: 1
The fact you would be upset as most Android owners are by being stuck in Android 2.1 makes your questions irrelevant.

Firstly, whether iOS did or did not bring massive changes, a subjective matter, clearly - at least it brought it to a wide range of old and new phones immediately. It had far less problems and issues to sort out than Android.

Secondly - the question of whether or not Droid X or Galaxy S have something 'wrong' doesn't change the fact that Androids update process absolutely sucks. Until they get that sorted out there's no way I'll buy into it.

As for capacitive button, meh, cost, battery life, software, usability, lack of benefit, size of the device - all possible reasons why it wasn't incorporated.


RE: Meh
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2012 8:57:36 AM , Rating: 1
And you have proof most are upset being stuck on an older build? Oh, that's right, you have no proof. As usual. Just spouting shit you want to be true.


RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/31/2012 9:27:13 AM , Rating: 2
It was the premise of his argument, Daily-tech monkey:

quote:
That said, I WOULD be kind of upset if I was stuck on Android 2.1 or earlier.


You should be in a cage somewhere.

If you want to claim that being stuck on an older software is magical and revolutionary, I'm happy for you to base your argument on that.


RE: Meh
By nafhan on 5/30/2012 10:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
--Most are not stuck at 2.1 (and not upset as far as I can tell). 2.1 to 2.2 brought some changes to Android that I appreciated. That's why being stuck at 2.1 would have been frustrating. It's not clear to me why that makes everything I've said irrelevant, since I'm basically saying some updates are more important than others.
--What is interesting is that you don't care if the iOS update actually does anything for you. You're just happy to get it...
--In the same vein, there's no specific reason you really wanted an update for your Android phones, you're just upset you didn't get it???
--This has reminded me that there really is a group of people out there who would be happier with their device as long as the OEM or Google or Apple incremented the version number on a regular basis (and maybe changes the system theme colors or something).
--As far as the button goes: Apple decided not to have more than one button. That doesn't make it useless. Not a whole lot more to say about that.


RE: Meh
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2012 11:47:24 AM , Rating: 2
Of COURSE they aren't upset, that's just another one of his moronic mindsets that he spouts and believes.

Also, he loves to claim everything everyone else says is irrelevant as if his opinions are more relevant.


RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/31/2012 9:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
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Most are not stuck at 2.1 (and not upset as far as I can tell). 2.1 to 2.2 brought some changes to Android that I appreciated. That's why being stuck at 2.1 would have been frustrating. It's not clear to me why that makes everything I've said irrelevant, since I'm basically saying some updates are more important than others.


I think you miss the point. Users have every right to be upset if they are stuck on ANY older version on brand new or nearly new phones. If you want to claim ICS didn't bring any improvements, then that works against you too. Either way, customers are being skanked. If you are honestly trying to defend customers being left stuck on an older version, whether that's 2.1 or 2.2, you're a joke.

quote:
What is interesting is that you don't care if the iOS update actually does anything for you. You're just happy to get it...


You wrote two things claiming my opinions are something, neither of which I said? Talk about stupidity. What I said, and I'll repeat it since it obviously escaped you, is that whether or not the update brought big changes, relative to such and such an Android update, is not provable. Everybody can have their own opinions on it. I didn't voice mine, and I most certainly did not say anything remotely resembling what you say I did. Reading fail.

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In the same vein, there's no specific reason you really wanted an update for your Android phones, you're just upset you didn't get it???


OK, so lets assume you're right and that people don't care about being stuck on older versions of Android. That makes the update pretty worthless. Either way, Android users suffer. You can try and twist it any way you want but the bottom line is, people with new or 6 month old phones can't even use the latest Android. If you want to tell yourself it doesn't matter (something which can only be true if ICS introduces nothing desirable), fine, but the rest of the logical world will pass that idiocy by.

quote:
This has reminded me that there really is a group of people out there who would be happier with their device as long as the OEM or Google or Apple incremented the version number on a regular basis (and maybe changes the system theme colors or something).


This has reminded me that there really are millions of people who would appreciate if their recently purchased phone receives the latest software update. Again, your implication is a completely unfounded nonsense which fails to address the points above. If you suggest ICS is merely colour scheme changes, Android users lose. If you suggest it's more than that, Android users lose by being stuck on older versions. The bottom line is Android users lose. What Apple does is actually completely irrelevant to this, by the way, which is the point you're trying to claim. Now obviously anyone educated knows what improvements iOS brought, but rather than debate over 'how much' it improved, something subjective, I rendered that irrelevant to make mine a factual point. That fact being that if you buy an Android handset there's a good chance based on historical precedents that you wont get software updates which match the latest software from that company. With Apple, you can be sure you will. Whatever that latest technology has, it's all you could expect from that tech company.

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As far as the button goes: Apple decided not to have more than one button. That doesn't make it useless. Not a whole lot more to say about that.


The fact that you say it doesn't make it useless doesn't make it useful. I gave a plethora of reasons why it could be the right decision, they seem to have escaped you. Why they actually made the decision and the fact they made such a decision was not the basis of my point. Again, reading fail.


RE: Meh
By nafhan on 5/29/2012 11:14:39 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yes, also, this article:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4211
Basically, iOS can multi-task (as you'd expect for a Unix based OS), and Apple allows some apps to multi-task. However, you're actually describing an aspect of how Apple's task switcher works - it's showing a list of recently used apps. Not multi-tasking.


RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/30/2012 4:34:27 AM , Rating: 2
It is NOT a list of 'recently used apps'.

It is a list of RUNNING APPS, which happens to normally be the apps you used most recently. It IS multi-tasking.

You can close the apps from the same screen, and they wont appear anymore, the page / section you were on is remembered so it's exactly like switching between windows in Windows.

Seriously, you've clearly never used it so don't just talk crap as if you have a clue.


RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/30/2012 6:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
Just to further clarify - when you hit the home button, the app can either go into background mode or suspended mode, depending on what the app is.

So if you close a music app, or a news feed app, it continues in the background. Apple can determine which apps are allowed to carry out background processes. Apps which don't need any background processes enter into a kind of suspended state so when you click them again you're back exactly where you were. This method of suspending means that no resources are being wasted but you get the full benefits of multi tasking. Apps which need to do work while you're not on them have that option. So it's all covered.


RE: Meh
By nafhan on 5/30/2012 11:33:09 AM , Rating: 2
So, you're saying that you get the full benefits of multi-tasking for certain types of applications where Apple has given their permission. That is exactly what I said. I was responding to your statement that "if this isn't multi-tasking..." by explaining how, often, it's not.

For mobile applications Apple's take on this stuff may be superior. That's not what I was talking about, though. I was talking about how "getting the benefits of multi-tasking" isn't the same as actually multi-tasking. I'm not sure what point you're arguing with. I guess maybe the definition of multi-tasking?


RE: Meh
By retrospooty on 5/30/2012 1:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
"I'm not sure what point you're arguing with. I guess maybe the definition of multi-tasking?"

He is arguing that Apple's way is always the best way, regardless. This is done using a very simple method... You take out logic and objectivity and then come up with some reasons that Apple's way is the best way and ignore any point to the contrary. This way you can claim superiority. Delusional fanboy 101.


RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/31/2012 9:42:05 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
However, you're actually describing an aspect of how Apple's task switcher works - it's showing a list of recently used apps. Not multi-tasking.


This is what I'm arguing with. To the end user, it isn't a list of recently used apps. It has the user interface equivalent of being RUNNING APPS, ANY of which can multi task if it is appropriate (as decided by Apple, which I have no issue with). In other words, if any app actually needs to do something in the background, and Apple agrees that it is necessary, it happens. If neither of those conditions are met you wouldn't want that anyway, so you lose nothing.

Whether they run in the background or not, it is NOT the same as being a list of recently used apps, because those apps can a) Be running in the background, or b) Resume exactly as you left them - being exactly the same as any multi tasking that you could ever require.

So while you tried to make a distinction between the task switcher and multi tasking, I proved that there is no difference to the user, the Apple approach is just more efficient.


RE: Meh
By 91TTZ on 5/30/2012 10:33:05 AM , Rating: 2
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Did you know that you can double tap the home button and see a list of all the apps currently open at the bottom of the screen? If that isn't multi-tasking I don't know what is.


That's not really multi-tasking. I just tried that on my iPhone 4S and it shows you the list of all your apps, even ones that aren't running and I haven't used in months. For instance it shows the camera but I'm not currently taking pictures or recording anything.

When you move focus off an app it saves the settings and stops running, it does not continue running in the background. This isn't multi-tasking. That would be a bad idea for power reasons. Imagine if you hit the home button to get out of the maps app and it continued to use the GPS. Your battery would run down in no time. If you hit the home button and got out of the camera app but it continued to activate the camera, it would also run down the power in no time. Or if you had a dynamically changing webpage open in the background in Safari, it would run the battery down.

The only times that the iPhone really multi-tasks is when it shows it flashing at the top of the screen such as when you're in a phone call and you go to look at another app. You'll see a green bar at the top showing that you're still in a phone call. Then it's multi-tasking. It does the same thing with the voice recorder app. If you hit record and exit out, you'll see a red bar at the top letting you know that it's still running in the background, recording.


RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/31/2012 9:49:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
When you move focus off an app it saves the settings and stops running, it does not continue running in the background. This isn't multi-tasking.


A distinction without a difference. What would be different if that app in the background was wasting resources in the background? Nothing.

Furthermore you're actually fundamentally incorrect, apps which are in the taskbar there CAN continue running if they have a need to. Any app.

The task switcher is NOT a list of 'all your apps' at all - you probably have all of them listed because you have opened them all and not closed them (going back to home page doesn't close them). It wouldn't make sense for you to be taking pictures if you weren't looking at what was on screen, but when you resume the camera app it has the power to resume at whichever point you were, such as photographing, or editing a photo, etc. The same way which would be no different in any multi tasking system. The fact that leaving the app 'running' would be so inefficient is precisely why Android is so flawed, and why Apples solution is in fact the best way of multi tasking.

Your analysis of the 'only times' when an iPhone multi tasks is also ridiculous. You can download any number of apps which have a legitimate use for multi tasking, such as listening to music, downloading news feeds, updating GPS for directions - if they are allowed to run in the background they will - many GPS apps do just this by the way, making your comment on GPS even more laughable. Every single feature you would ever need to achieve any desired outcome with multi tasking.


RE: Meh
By Reclaimer77 on 5/30/2012 1:42:12 PM , Rating: 2
Which is a retarded implementation of multitasking Tayb. That's like saying I can get to my kitchen via the front door if I just walk outside from the living room.

iOS without a back button is flawed. It just is. In Android you can see a list of running apps too, but you can ALSO just hit the back button to easily switch between things.

Yes I have spent time using iOS. I find it, like most "power users" restrictive in that there's only ever one way to do something: the Apple way. It's an OS that wants to hold your hand through everything. It's memory management is also abhorrent! Oh you're out of memory? No problem, we'll just force-close this app!! Man, that's just brilliant.

Even doing simple things like dragging shortcuts and moving them is made tediously retarded by Apple. Put the icons in "move mode" and drag and drop them? Nope. You have to go mind numbingly SLOW and hold the icon there for like 3 seconds before the process completes. Seriously? We've been doing "drag and drop" operations for decades now on PC's, but nooo, Apple has to dumb it down to the point where you can't make a mistake.

iOS, made for the minions and stupid teenage girls of the world. It might make a lot of money, but it's not made for me.


RE: Meh
By BSMonitor on 5/30/2012 4:40:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
iOS, made for the minions and stupid teenage girls of the world. It might make a lot of money, but it's not made for me.


Finally, an intelligent thought. Not made for me.

So, who are you trying to impress by "not making it for everyone else". Keep ranting from your trailer basement.


RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/31/2012 9:56:38 AM , Rating: 2
Can honestly say I've never had anything close due to anything with memory. In fact I've never had a crash or closure at all. The memory management is far, far more efficient than Android.

The multi tasking system couldn't be simpler, just like in Windows you press alt and tab to see all the current windows and select one, with iPhone tap the home button and you have it. Far more advanced than a simple back button which would just waste valuable space on either the phone or the screen.

As for dragging and dropping icons, it's an obvious and beneficial system so that you don't accidentally drag icons when switching through screens or otherwise dragging. If waiting 2 seconds is too much for you to enter into dragging mode, as much of a daily task as it is (lol), then Android will be a problem due to it's lags and crashes. Or you could just spent a good few hours trying out a few ROMS or rooting your phone so you can actually use the latest operating system, much better use of your time.

Just like Google is made for simplicity, iOS is too - it's only dumb people who confuse simplicity with lack of power.


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