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The latest iPhone may have a 4" screen, but it's basically the same old tried and true design

When it comes to next generation iPhone devices, it appears that Apple just can't plug the leaks of information to the public. In the case of the iPhone 4, a prototype was lost in a bar and subsequently wound up in the hands of Gizmodo. With the iPhone 4S -- and now with the "New iPhone" -- the leaks came from suppliers.
The latest leak on the "New iPhone" front comes from iLab Factory which has pictures of a fully assembled device (sans internal electronics). The repositioned speaker jack is clearly evident along with the smaller, 19-pin dock connector. The assembled device also confirms that Apple is going with a two-tone design theme for the "New iPhone", with the volume button, power button, and upper/lower halves of the back plate matching the color of the front plate of the device.
This latest leak also confirms that Apple must really love the overall design aesthetic that was initiated with the iPhone 4. We're guessing that Jony Ive must subscribe to the Porsche method of revamping products by making changes so subtle that you have to squint very hard to notice the new design details from generation to generation (a la Porsche 911).
But enough rambling, here are the shots of the assembled "New iPhone":

Apple's "New iPhone" [Image Source: iLab Factory]
To see more images including internal connectors, click here.

Sources: 9to5 Mac, iLab Factory

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By fic2 on 7/29/2012 1:16:38 PM , Rating: 5
Reminds me of a Sony phone from years ago.

RE: Sony...
By koenshaku on 7/29/2012 1:56:36 PM , Rating: 2
I guess this happens when steve jobs isn't around to steal anything from else from Sony.

RE: Sony...
By paydirt on 7/30/2012 10:17:28 AM , Rating: 1
meh, my iPhone still feels like sex in my hands so no need to radically redesign the feel of the device. The look of the device plays into the feel, so not much need to change that.

Looks like the camera is different, unless they took the pic from a wierd angle.

RE: Sony...
By borismkv on 7/30/2012 11:00:03 AM , Rating: 5
Sex in your hands? You masturbate to your phone? Man...even for an Apple fan, that's weird.

RE: Sony...
By Apone on 7/30/2012 11:54:52 AM , Rating: 2
meh, my iPhone still feels like sex in my hands so no need to radically redesign the feel of the device. The look of the device plays into the feel, so not much need to change that.

So let me get this straight, you Apple fanboys bash other competitors for being complacent and unimaginative about design and innovation but once Apple does it, then it's okay right?

RE: Sony...
By BillyBatson on 7/31/2012 4:18:23 AM , Rating: 3
I disagree in 2 ways. I've owned every iPhone since the 3G except for th 4s. I absolutely hate how the 4 sits in my hands and I consider it th most uncomfortable phone I've ever owned. In comparison I thought the 3g/s was incredibly comfortable to hold for hours reading in one hand. My early upgrade was available in January and I waited all this time for a new phone, one that might be enjoyable to hold again, but they are giving us the same not only boring but uncomfortable design!
Between the physical form that I hate and am tired of, and iOS6 being no different, I'm really going to hold off until nov-dec. enough time for wp8 and plenty-o jelly bean phones to be circulating around to compare to.

RE: Sony...
By TSS on 7/29/2012 3:08:59 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder if apple can design a (completly) different looking iphone at all. Not because of capability, but because by now their competitors must've patented every aspect in design of their phones as well. If only to prevent Apple from doing it.

It would be quite comical if apple where to crash and burn because they patented themselves into a corner.

RE: Sony...
By ShaolinSoccer on 7/29/2012 3:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
I want a phone like this. The future needs to hurry up and get here:

RE: Sony...
By Schadenfroh on 7/29/2012 9:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
Innovation not found, at 35s into it, they violated Apple's "slide-to-unlock" patent.

RE: Sony...
By nafhan on 7/29/2012 4:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if apple can design a (completly) different looking iphone
My opinion is, not until we have significant changes to hardware interfaces (i.e. something like Google glass coupled with completely voice driven input). Any device that's mostly a touchscreen is going to look A LOT like every other device that's mostly a touchscreen, which is why some of these lawsuits are so ridiculous.

RE: Sony...
By nikon133 on 7/30/2012 8:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
Well... they did change significantly between 3Gs and 4... but I think they are considering 4/4s a sweet spot re design, and don't want to steer to far from it.

They also had number of different laptop and desktop designs, until they got where they are now... and this design gets a bit of fine tuning here and there, but no major changes for a while.

I'm personally finding 4/4s too sharp and edgy in hand, but at least they seem to be dropping double-glass sandwich concept which I think was really bad.

RE: Sony...
By bennyg on 7/31/2012 9:34:00 AM , Rating: 2
...unless you ran a phone repair shop or owned a Shenzhen factory that counterfeit glass replacement panels.

RE: Sony...
By distinctively on 7/29/2012 4:33:55 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, that is very true. However, I still maintain that it also looks like something you'd get in a McHappy meal. I wonder if you can get these in Mickey Mouse versions as well.

RE: Sony...
By Flunk on 7/29/2012 9:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
I like it, it looks good.

I'm still not buying one, but it looks good.

RE: Sony...
By BillyBatson on 7/31/2012 9:22:51 PM , Rating: 2
I like how comment had a 5 rating but people rated you down lollll some people just don't have a sense of humor.

RE: Sony...
By random2 on 8/1/2012 3:23:35 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... I see what you did there. Making reference to the fact apple iphones are based off of a Sony design from years ago.

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