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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 testerguy on 5/31/2012 9:08:32 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree with you here. I'm a tech guy and I have an iPhone 4S which is great. However, he does have a point about the walled garden approach being restrictive and feeling locked down.

I'm a tech guy too who has owned and used an iPhone 4 and a Samsung Galaxy 2. I didn't feel 'locked down' or in a 'walled garden' at all. Because I was able to do anything I wanted. It takes a bit of intelligence to work around some of the techniques, often more so than Android - but I'm a tech guy so I manage it. There isn't a single thing I want to do that I can't.

When I own a product I like to feel like I own it. I wouldn't want to lease a car, I'd rather buy it. I don't rent a house, I own. The entire walled garden approach isn't about creating a better user experience, it's about locking down customers' options so they can be squeezed for more profit.

Another paragraph with no actual content. I could write exactly the same sentence about Android and how many relatively new handsets are 'locked down' to old and inferior versions of Android and so they are forced to buy new?

Customers might program an app that lets them tether their phone to their PC

If your network allows this feature, you can use it without even needing an app. If your network doesn't allow it, it's illegal anyway. I don't hold it against Apple that they don't support illegal activities. Nobody logical should, either.

Customers might program an app like Siri but you don't want them to do that because it would take away a major selling point that your new phone (iPhone 4S) has over an older model (iPhone 4)

Again, completely wrong. There are numerous voice control apps on the app store - a whole range of them. Where are you coming up with this nonsense - especially if you claim you own an iPhone 4S (which I don't, by the way).

Or they might program an app that allows people to join Social Network B when you signed an agreement with Social Network A that grants them exclusivity in return for a kickback (hasn't happened yet but would it surprise you?)

So now you're explaining your unfounded 'locked down' feeling by listing something that hasn't even happened? Seriously?

I said it before and I'll say it again, there is simply nothing 'locked down' about iPhones at all. For regular consumers, who aren't very intelligent, they may not be able to figure out the way to do such and such a thing, but for any true techy there are simply no obstacles or problems when wanting to do absolutely anything. You just need to be competent.

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