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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 name99 on 7/29/2012 2:19:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I understand the complaint here.

Haven't we heard over and over again (frequently from the commenters and posters on this site) that Apple is a company based on "fashion" and "surface appearance"? And yet it is THESE PEOPLE, not Apple, who seem to be most upset that Apple refuses to change the appearance of their phone every six months. WTF?

I'd have thought that a company that has a REPEATED pattern of refining its designs, and then retaining them for years on end (MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, iPad, now iPhone) is pretty clearly NOT in the fashion business, and it's more than a little foolish to criticize them on these grounds. But what do I know?

Anyway, I'm sure Brandon is busy with his next articles on how the Boeing 747 still looks the same as always, boring and dowdy.




RE: ???
By TakinYourPoints on 7/29/2012 10:13:56 PM , Rating: 2
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Haven't we heard over and over again (frequently from the commenters and posters on this site) that Apple is a company based on "fashion" and "surface appearance"? And yet it is THESE PEOPLE, not Apple, who seem to be most upset that Apple refuses to change the appearance of their phone every six months. WTF?

I'd have thought that a company that has a REPEATED pattern of refining its designs, and then retaining them for years on end (MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, iPad, now iPhone) is pretty clearly NOT in the fashion business, and it's more than a little foolish to criticize them on these grounds. But what do I know?


Exactly, the designs are based on the functional goals of the products. This is why the MBP unibody design has been with us for so long. The main changes have been shaving millimeters off, but otherwise they are basically the same. Hell, the basic Mac Pro case design has been with us for eight years.

They pick a design that works and stick with it. Being fashion conscious isn't a factor. As you said, the main people who are mad that the design are Apple-haters. It is ironic that they are the most fashion conscious of them all, look at all the fawning over the Nokia and Samsung designs.

Speed, battery life, and app selection are all that matter to me, especially now that phones are basically a screen these days.


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