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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 5/30/2012 12:28:06 AM , Rating: 2
Nobody is going to use that because the iPhone is such a flawed design that you'll notice EVERYONE uses one of those protected cases or sleeves on it. You would be crazy not to I guess, given how fragile the phone is. But this would make an active back-plate pretty useless.

I've used my phone for almost 2 years now with no case, dropped it bunches of times on concrete and blacktop, and it's just fine. Can't do that with an iPhone.

RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: Meh
By maugrimtr on 5/30/2012 8:29:52 AM , Rating: 1
I'm willing to bet this is not the next iPhone we'll see. The most obvious flaw is putting the headphone jack in the bottom corner which is really inconvenient - is the correct way to hold an iPhone now the upside-down position?

RE: Meh
By aliasfox on 5/30/2012 11:28:21 AM , Rating: 2
The headphone jack's been on the bottom of the iPod touch for its entire existence, and was on the bottom when the nano was a candy bar (I miss those). It's actually easier to use - for example, when you put your phone in your pocket, do you have to rotate it in your hand so that the headphone plug faces up? With the plug on the bottom, you can put it in your pocket using the same grip as when holding it.

When the phone/player's sitting on your desk, the cord comes straight back towards you, meaning a little less stress on the wire/plug - considering I've had headphones and speakers break because of wire/headphone jack issues, I try to take care of that.

I guess the biggest detriment would be for people who have stands for their phones to plug into - might be less convenient for them, but they're a small minority I'd think.

RE: Meh
By cpeter38 on 5/30/2012 9:18:40 AM , Rating: 1
Spouting hate fuelled drivel, completely wide of the mark and absent of any logical foundation - as usual.

Pot, meet Kettle!

RE: Meh
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2012 10:30:37 AM , Rating: 2
DING DING DING! We have a winner!

RE: Meh
By testerguy on 5/31/2012 9:22:26 AM , Rating: 2
Because when I said that the best selling smartphone of all time is the best selling smartphone of all time, that was wide of the mark and absent of any logical foundation?

Because when I suggested that someone hasn't had the opportunity to drop test a phone which isn't out yet, that was wide of the mark and absent of any logical foundation?

Or maybe when I suggested that a guy who rants endlessly about how bad Apple phones are hasn't bought one and tried dropping it, that was wide of the mark too?

Guys, please try to be more intelligent.

RE: Meh
By themaster08 on 5/30/2012 3:15:48 PM , Rating: 1
the best selling phone of all time
Smartphone, yes. Phone, no.

RE: Meh
By nikon133 on 5/30/2012 7:06:24 PM , Rating: 1
We'll discuss new iPhone when it comes out. Right now, we can only discuss 4 and 4s design wise.

I agree that current iPhone design is it's major weakness. I have seen number of cracked backplates on them. I have seen scratched Samsung (and other brands) backplates, but not broken ones.

That it sells well doesn't mean anything in this argument. People are not buying iPhone because of the design - they buy it because it is iPhone. Have any other company decided to coy that design and create Android phone in came enclosure, I really cannot see it selling well.

RE: Meh
By testerguy on 6/1/2012 11:10:47 AM , Rating: 2
You were doing well until you said:

People are not buying iPhone because of the design

Most Apple haters would have you believe that is ALL they are buying for. It's certainly one of Apples strongest points. You don't get record sales if your design is poor, given that design covers everything which would make a phone desirable.

Just because a rip-off design wouldn't be successful doesn't mean that the original product wasn't successful due to its design. People can see a copy and lack of originality and that would explain your attempted logic.

The bottom line is that design wise, Apple is far and away the most accomplished manufacturer out there, in the eyes of most knowledgeable experts. It is this design which appeals to many people, a simple elegance and absence of plastic amongst other things which makes it appeal. Combine that with industry leading customer satisfaction and reliability ratings, and you can eliminate design as a weakness factually.

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