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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: Nice!
By GulWestfale on 5/29/2012 7:08:29 PM , Rating: 3
having owned both, i can say that the android system appears to be more powerful and certainly more configurable, but apple's system is smoother when it comes to how the user actually interfaces with it.

all in all, i have to say that i can not see anymore how one would spend $500+ on a phone, and then not have a larger screen, better camera, and the ability to visit the entire web (flash...). so android wins, in my humble opinion.

RE: Nice!
By kleinma on 5/29/2012 7:34:39 PM , Rating: 3
Having owned a horribly slow and dated android 2.3 DroidX (personal), and an iPhone 4s (work), my preference still falls with the droid. I use the iPhone for certain browser tasks that are just slow on the dated droid, but as soon as I upgrade the device to new hardware with ICS, the iPhone will be left only for iOS specific tasks. I find iOS unintuitive, and too compartmentalized. Some people may like the "there is only one way do to everything" approach, but I prefer to be given options, and choose which way suits my needs and have the options. I am an IT professional though, so I am not really Apples main target user.

RE: Nice!
By sweatshopking on 5/29/2012 7:40:48 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, tell that to google, who banned flash in the new chrome browser. looks like android won't have the "full" web either.

RE: Nice!
By sprockkets on 5/29/2012 8:13:14 PM , Rating: 2
They didn't ban flash for it; adobe stopped developing it. You can still use it in the stock browser or in dolphin anyhow in ICS.

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