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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 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
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.

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