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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: Don't Fix What Isn't Broken
By Brandon Hill on 7/29/2012 3:15:44 PM , Rating: 4
To be fair, even the Apple fanatics are crying over the design on this one:

as well as a revamped OS.

The OS isn't really revamped. iOS 6 is pretty much the same operationally and visually as iOS 5, iOS 4, iOS 3, iOS 2, iOS 1. Sure, Apple has added quite a bit of functionality to iOS over the years, but to say that iOS 6 is a revamp compared to iOS 5 is a bit much.

This device will have LTE, a bigger screen, possible NFC, more RAM

So it will be like a year-old Android smartphone?

I keed, I keed ;)

RE: Don't Fix What Isn't Broken
By KPOM1 on 7/29/2012 4:04:15 PM , Rating: 2
They said the same about the 4S, and it sold 38 million the first quarter and 35 million the next. Sales are down this quarter because it's up against the Galaxy S3. Samsung fans were equally ho-hum about the S3 since it didn't look much different from the Galaxy Nexus.

Don't go by what fanatics say. After 5 years, the general public has an expectation of what an iPhone "should" look like. The new one will sport LTE, so sales at Verizon should go back up. If it adds NFC there's little if anything that an S3 would do that the new iPhone won't. The important thing is if it gets TD-SCDMA support, so that China Mobile can start selling it. Apple is well established in the US and UK. They need to step it up a bit in China.

RE: Don't Fix What Isn't Broken
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/29/2012 5:10:24 PM , Rating: 4
If it adds NFC there's little if anything that an S3 would do that the new iPhone won't.
Except it's already been done, and Apple will sue everyone for it.

RE: Don't Fix What Isn't Broken
By name99 on 7/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: Don't Fix What Isn't Broken
By Brandon Hill on 7/30/2012 5:28:54 AM , Rating: 5
He said that the new iPhone would come with a revamped OS. That's what sparked my response.

I'm sorry, but iOS 6 is NOT revamped compared to iOS 5; it's just a minor sidestep. I own both a third generation iPad and an iPhone 4S. My iPad is running iOS 6 Beta 3 and my iPad is running iOS 5.1.1 (Jailbroken).

iOS 6 adds Apple's own mapping technology (instead of Google's), but iOS already had a core Maps app, so that's a sidestep. Facebook integration, PassBook? Shared Photo Streams? I'm sorry, that is NOT a revamped OS.

About the biggest thing added to iOS 6 that I have enjoyed is the ability to upload photos natively in Safari versus having to rely on a jailbreak (Safari Uploader) to do it -- that was the ONLY reason that I jailbroke my iPad when it was running iOS 5.

And I didn't say that iOS 6 was functionally deficient -- I said operationally and visually it it is just like previous iOS versions. Navigating iOS 6 still operates and looks much like iOS 1 from the chicklet grid layout to the lock screen, to the way we navigate in and out of apps, to the lock screen that still doesn't give you something as basic as glanceable weather.

In many ways, iOS has been updated functionally to be a very powerful, modern mobile operating system. But compared to Windows Phone or Android, the ability to have "living, breathing" realtime data streams on the screen is where iOS really shows its age and feels like you're living in a 1.0 World.

This is especially apparent with the iPad with its large screen real estate. An iPad with rows and rows of static icons on every homepage is a productivity waste. No widgets, no news feeds, no live photo updates (ala Windows Phone)...not even a permanent widget on the homepage to show you realtime weather without having to click into an app?

By Brandon Hill on 7/30/2012 6:28:19 AM , Rating: 2
That should have said my iPhone is running 5.1.1

RE: Don't Fix What Isn't Broken
By BSMonitor on 7/31/2012 9:24:50 AM , Rating: 2
Except that one doesn't have to pull the battery out every other day.

RE: Don't Fix What Isn't Broken
By JasonMick on 7/31/2012 2:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
Except that one doesn't have to pull the battery out every other day.

Do you come from an alternate universe or something? Because in ours Android phones are now regularly beating the iPhone in battery life...

Apple only manages a lead in 3G web browsing:

"But wait!" you cry, "The droids have huge batteries!"

Well that's certainly true with the Droid Razr MAXX, but look at the Droid 4 beating the iPhone in Wi-Fi browsing battery life with only a 6.7 watt-hour battery which isn't much larger than the iPhone's battery.

In other words the iPhone may still be near the front of the pack battery-wise, but there are today better things in the Android world, by most metrics.

RE: Don't Fix What Isn't Broken
By marianz on 8/24/2012 3:04:11 AM , Rating: 2
I think that most of iPhone owners will upgrade to the new model no matter how it looks or its specs. It is harder to make the switch after buying apps and music and using services to monitor other family members.
Should matter so much, because new apps show up every day and I personally don't like to keep my shinny phone wrapped in a bulky case. Why when a smartphone is replaced every two years?
Bigger screen, battery life and usability should matter.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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