The big iPhone rumor this year is that Apple will release a lower-cost model with a polycarbonate plastic backing, similar to the one found on the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Today, an image has cropped up that purports to show the rear shell of the budget model iPhone. As you can see, it's similar in size to the iPhone 4, and is mostly flat, rather than the rounded 3G/3GS design. Tactus, the company that is making the claims, also has other details:
I’ve also heard on the grapevine that the alleged budget iPhone will have an A5 processor like the iPad Mini with a 32nm diecast. It’s also rumoured it will have a 3.5 inch retina screen, much like the 4S, but not as big as the iPhone 5 … I’ve also discovered the factory producing this secretive project have confirmed the device will be available in Black, White, Blue, Red and Yellow.
A multi-colored low-cost iPhone? What do you think?
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We are about half-way through the iPhone 5 product cycle, and that means it's time for iPhone 5S parts to start leaking. Today, iLab factory is showing what is purported to be flex cables for the iPhone 5S home button, vibrator, volume/mute buttons, and the front camera. Interestingly, the mute switch seems to have gone away, replaced by a mute button instead. As always, these should be taken with a grain of salt, but Apple is definitely set to start ramping up production of the next iPhone since it won't be long before it's introduced to the masses. These parts may also be reserved for the rumored lower-cost iPhone, rather than the iPhone 5S. Time will tell.
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is set to launch the iPhone 5S this summer, and that the company is just about ready to start production of the handset that will be "similar in size and shape to its current one", which has been indicative of all the S model iPhones since the debut of the iPhone 3GS. If the report is accurate, it also marks the return of the iPhone to its summer release schedule, which it diverted from with the introduction of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, both of which saw fall releases. It could be that Apple is bumping up the release schedule of the iPhone, similar to what we saw with the short timeframe between the third-generation iPad and the fourth-gen model. Many will complain if that's the case, but us? Bring it on.
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The big rumor today is that Apple is set to launch the iPhone 5S in August, with a new 5th generation iPad and 2nd generation iPad mini appearing in April. Rene Ritchie at iMore has received reports that Apple is seriously considering the launch of the next iPads next month, including a redesigned iPad, and an iPad mini that may possibly see a Retina display. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5S will carry the same outer design that the iPhone 5 sports, but with a faster A7 processor, and improved camera (we're hearing 13 megapixels.) One rumor also says that the iPhone 5S may also coming in multiple colors, similar to the iPod touch. For now, iPhone 5 users need to rely on services like AnoStyle to get custom colors on their smartphones.
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The rumor mill is churning again, and it's saying that not just one, but two new iPhone models may see daylight in 2013. The two iPhones are rumored to be the iPhone 5S and a new 4.94-inch iPhone 6 (or iPhone +.)
This information comes courtesy of laoyaoba.com and a source claiming to have seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple suppliers. The source also claims the iPhone 5S resembles the iPhone 5, and that the iPhone 6 is the lightest and thinnest iPhone to date.
The report states that Apple is planning to bring the iPhone 5S to market this year, no surprise there. The larger iPhone +, however, is supposedly to be released as a backup against the rising popularity of larger Android phones.
Hit the source to see mocked images of what a bigger iPhone would look like.
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We've already shown you how the next-generation iPhone 5 will look like in a 3D video illustration. Now, a purported black iPhone 5 with what was referred to as a back "matte" finish just debuted on YouTube. The iPhone 4S is compared to the alleged new iPhone, and the latter looks considerably thinner and taller. The dummy device even turned on and displayed the famous "Connect to iTunes" message. Enough with the reading watch the video!
The guys at MacRumors have done a fantastic job at illustrating how the alleged next iPhone would look like with its new taller screen and how the aspect ratios of movies and apps would utilize and benefit from the extra display real estate. Purported leaked parts indicate that the next iPhone will adopt a 1136x640, 3.99- or 4-inch screen with a pixel count of roughly about the same as the iPhone 4 and 4S Retina display of 329dpi, give or take a pixel or two. Check out the video after the break--and if you didn't see it, check out how thin the next iPhone is gonna be compared to previous models.
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The next-generation iPhone 5 leaks continue, this time seemingly revealing a built-in NFC module. NFC code has been found in iPhone prototypes, and Apple has even patented its method for including NFC into a future iPhone--and it just so happens that the patents and the location of this new chip match up perfectly (the top-left corner of the front of the device.) At the iOS 6 reveal, Apple showed off its Passbook digital wallet app. Since then, many have commented that NFC might be the perfect companion to Passbook. We'll find out on September 12.
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Apple continues to be unable to keep information on the next-generation iPhone under wraps, as more purported iPhone 5 parts have leaks out of China. If real, the parts confirm the news of both a small home button, centered FaceTime camera, larger display, and nano-SIM card tray.
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We've been covering the rumors of what the next-generation iPhone 5 will look like since the iPhone 4S launched. At this point we're pretty certain that users can expect a redesigned iPhone with a longer display based on leaked hardware components. Today, we also have further proof stemming from the software side of things. 9to5Mac took the latest iOS 6 beta and was able to run it in the iOS Simulator software at 1136 x 640 resolution. The result? iOS 6 automatically added a fifth row of app icons to the home screen.
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