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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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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.

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