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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 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?

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