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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 BillyBatson on 5/30/2012 5:09:57 AM , Rating: 3
I don't know how you can hate on the iPhone so much. I say hate because how can you refuse to believe the current iPhones screen is not only better than the s2 but better than any other phone currently offered in the US. Hate on the iPhone for anything else, hate on it for no 4g, hate on its design, hate on it for coining the misleading term "retina display", hell hate on it for no reason as many people here on anad/daily do, but you can't hate on its screen. People throwing around "it just has higher res that's all" As if resolution doesn't matter when it very clearly does as much in the PC world as the mobile world. However on top of the higher res comes smaller pixels, wider viewing angles than many android phones I've seen, a very bright clear and easy to read screen, and better color reproduction than any other phone in the US (I say US since I know LG is releasing a 5" "retina" display phone but over seas first. And I don't care what anyone thinks about OLED screens in other phones because they all have a blue tint to them.
4s did leave the s2 "in the dust" in many ways, and one major way is the screen.
Go on and argue the rest but these screen facts you can't.

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 5/30/2012 11:15:56 AM , Rating: 2
"the current iPhones screen is not only better than the s2 but better than any other phone currently offered in the US"

I dont know what your talking about. You coulnt be more wrong in my opinion. To me the screen is the iPhone 4s's weakest link. Its simply too small. the res is great, but a 4.6 - 4.8 inch screen with 1280x720 res like we have in the Nexus, One X and S3 totally smoke it. Size matters, thus the reason even Apple is going larger with it's next phone.

RE: Nice!
By aliasfox on 5/30/2012 11:36:49 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know how big your pockets are, but I'm perfectly fine with <4" screens. In fact, I was intrigued by the Veer when I saw it that one month it was in stores... I'd consider a 3" flagship equally with a 4", and definitely over a 4.5"+.

I'm sure there are uses for 5" phones, but I doubt most people want to put a phone half the size of their face up to their face. Or have that big an expanse of glass to crack when they sit down/bump into something.

I still feel that the biggest reason these gigantic phones are out there now is to provide room for a bigger battery. A 25% larger screen (by area) with the same SoC means power draw has increased by less than 25%, but it also means they can increase the size of the battery ~30% or so...

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 5/30/2012 11:33:42 AM , Rating: 3
True, its totally a matter of preference, but I have had a 4.65 inch nexus in my pocket and it's fine. It didnt do anything but make me want it.

Its not like a niche market. The highest selling phones in the past year are Android by a large margin, and the vast majority of Android's are 4.3 inches with the latest 4.6 to 4.8 inchers selling like crazy. 9 million pre-orders for the Galaxy S3 alone and believe me the biggest selling point on these latest super phones are the screens.

RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 5/30/2012 3:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well seems like YOUR opinion doesn't come with any facts. Also if you reread my post you'll see that I never once mentioned screen size other than to mention the new Lg phone coming out because for my argument SIZE DOESN'T MATTER!!!!! Size is a matter of OPINION and opinion you chose to share but in no way proves that the s2 screen is better than then 4s screen. Regardless of whether someone thinks the 4s screen is too small or too big it's still of better overall quality.
In MY opinion 3.5" is a great size screen for a phone! I'm not trying to carry a netbook or tablet in my pocket let alone hold one up against my ear.
You are saying you would rather have a 32" 1200x768 PC screen than a 20" 1920x1080 screen with better color reproduction, uniformity, etc etc? Maybe if you plan to just stream Netflix (even then I would prefer the 20") but definitely when it comes to gaming/graphics etc.
Size doesn't mean quality, period.

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 5/30/2012 4:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
"Well seems like YOUR opinion doesn't come with any facts."

I SAID it was my opinion, but hte fact is that the higest selling phones are Androids and the highest selling Androids are 4.3inch LCD's or higher. That is a fact. Most people
s opinion is that a larger screen is better in a phone.

"You are saying you would rather have a 32" 1200x768 PC screen than a 20" 1920x1080 screen with better color reproduction, uniformity, etc etc? "

No, not at all. You cant compare 32 inch screens to 4 inch screens. I am saying I would rather have a 4.8 inch 1280x720 screen than ANY 3.5 inch screen regardless of how high its res is. 1280x720 is way more than plenty at that size. Most people agree with me as most people are buying phones with larger screens. That is all I am saying... And size does matter, especially when somethng is as tny as 3.5 inches.

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 5/30/2012 4:41:41 PM , Rating: 2
I meant to add... that in that sense, the iPhone's screen is it's weekness. Regardless of quality, the size makes it a weekness not to you maybe. As I mentioned above, even Apple acknowledges that as they are increasing the screen size for the iPhone5.

RE: Nice!
By BSMonitor on 5/30/2012 4:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
FYI, no Android phone started with 4-5" screens either.

Apple's product refresh cycle is 2 years. Guess what, it'll be 2 years this summer. The ppi is still at the top level with the competition. Bigger screen typically means bigger form factor. Apple has left that unchanged. You want something different, Samsung, HTC, etc have options for you. 10s of millions of iPhone buyers could care less about slightly bigger screen size. However, they do enjoy the insanely clear resolution at the current screen size.

I for one would not give up resolution for screen size, EVER. And I certainly don't want to carry around something even bigger.

Why are you trying to change something you have no control over??

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 5/30/2012 4:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
"Why are you trying to change something you have no control over??"

??? Trying to change what exactly? All I said was I link the 4 inch screen on the new iPhone and I think its a good idea. I think the smaller screen is a drawback. Certainly for me. The current iPhone I would never buy, but the iPhone 5 will get on my list to consider if it has a 4 inch screen.

RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 5/31/2012 5:45:56 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah 4" screen that will probably be more beautiful out outperform all the 4+ inch android screens. Like he said above, at 3.5" the 4s looks more gorgeous than an android at 4-5" even if you feel it's easier to read or find it more comfortable to read

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 5/31/2012 8:24:41 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you've made up your mind to get Apple no matter what.

RE: Nice!
By elleehswon on 5/31/2012 3:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
Aaaaactually, the 4 inch screen's resolution denotes the same PPI that the iphone 4 and 4s had. That'd put it in second place, and once LG releases it's 440 PPI screen, 3rd place.

RE: Nice!
By Mint on 6/1/2012 4:08:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you adamant about saying that you have to give up resolution when you don't choose an iPhone?

Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, HTC One X, and more all have 720p+ resolution. That is substantially MORE resolution than the iPhone.

Would you rather take a 19" 1920x1080p screen over a 27" 2560x1440 screen? The former has higher PPI, and that seems to be the only thing you care about.

RE: Nice!
By nikon133 on 5/30/2012 6:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'd actually consider that glass sandwich design it's major weakness. I've seen quite a few phones with shattered glass, front or back. Most people I know don't like keeping their 4 and 4s in case - what is the point of all that luxurious finish if you have to hide it in cheap plastic?

RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 5/31/2012 5:41:48 AM , Rating: 2
Most people are buyin larger phones because that's what is offered! If te ipjone5 had a 6" screen I'll admit I would buy it it's better than older an old tech device... High end android phones are only coming in larger screens it's like you have a choice unless you go cheaper. Offer the s3 exact specs but a 3.5, 4, 4.5, and 5" flavorus and I guarantee you the majority of sales won't by the 5". But when you want the best of the best new phones and they only come in large sizes well of don't have a choice just like current iPhone users wanting a later screen. Most people don't want 5" phones but if that's alll that's being offered then there you go you buy it.
The size of re screen again doesn't make it better even if you prefer the larger screen the smaller screen in the 4s still has overall better quality than it's larger and same size cousins.
Also I wasn't comparing a 32" to a 4" I was comparing of to a 20" pc monitor which is something like 40% smaller but saying has a higher res and more realistic color reproduction, response time, etc. doesn't mean the 32" is better, just bigger.

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 5/31/2012 8:27:18 AM , Rating: 2
You are clueless when it comes to phones. They are making those larger screen phones becasue that is what people are wanting. There are plenty smaller Androids out there, they dont sell like the big ones. People want it. I want it. I understand that you dont, but most people do. Thus the highest selling phones are 4.3 and up. Why is that so hard for you to accept? Its just a screen size preference, and you cant seem to accept that other people dont like what you like.

RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 6/1/2012 2:38:48 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not disagreeing with you that people don't want larger phones and that it's a matter of opinion which if you read my responses would have understood. If I was to buy an android phone today it would definitely be a larger sized screen but not out of choice but because I would choose between the top 2-3 models out and by "top" I mean new, powerful, and obviously expensive.... But these phones don't come in smaller screen sizes. Will the S3 release at different screen sizes while retaining the same hardware specs? NO! And that was my point. The android world has decided that flagship phones need to come with huge screens. Whether that's because consumers actually want the larger screen, or their attempt to fit the chosen hardware and a larger battery into it, there is still no choice.
Then the iphone5 comes out I'll have it because it's the newest hardware and screen size won't change my purchase since staying with old tech for the sake of screen size isn't worth it.

RE: Nice!
By Reclaimer77 on 5/30/2012 1:26:03 PM , Rating: 2
Billy go take a cold bath son and drown on your own ignorance.

RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 6/1/2012 2:42:46 AM , Rating: 2
Choke and die on your own ignorance as you spew it to those who only wish you end up found dead in a ditch with your genitals in your mouth.

RE: Nice!
By Mint on 6/1/2012 4:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
The iPhone's screen is very nice, but it falls short in two key areas:

Size: 3.5" is just too small for many people, and putting it close to your face to make it "equal" to a similar resolution but larger display is just not the same. Not everyone needs a phone to be that small for it to be practical.

Contrast: 700:1 is pretty good, and much better than the awful LCDs you find in mainstream notebooks, but it falls short of even decent TN monitors, way short of quality plasma displays, and pales in comparison to the AMOLED displays out there. Once you see a display with true black, you never want to go back. AMOLED has some other minor deficiencies, but contrast ratio has long been the cornerstone of display quality and with good reason.

To me, those are far more important than PPI. It isn't even the highest resolution anymore.

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