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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 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.


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