Eyes on with the iPhone 5 (sort of)

We've all seen the leaks appear in recent weeks, and if you haven't, check out this article featuring a video put together by an someone claiming to have a genuine iPhone 5 casing way back in June; or here for some other nuggets.

Today though, we have a hands on with what appears to be a prototype finalized design casing of the iPhone, in a mall, somewhere in Bangkok, Thailand.

The pictures seem to confirm what we saw in the video, and after reaching out to the source (who is an ex staff member from a long time ago) he confirmed that the iPhone is not a working device, but a "non functional replica prototype" and in his own words, "pretty accurate too."

So we can fall back on what we already know, which is that the unibody case appears to be redesigned to feature an aluminum shell. The glass backing that appeared in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is notably absent; instead, the entire exterior is a single piece. The casing appears to feature the rumored elongated design of the new iPhone, which is said to be around 4 inches in height. Additionally, a new docking port appears to be in place, and the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom of the device similar to Apple's iPod line.

This certainly must be a first, the general public getting a look at what's to come. One has to wonder if this sort of thing would have happened if Steve Jobs were stilll head-honcho at Apple.

Thanks to our awesome ex-staff member for the tip!

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Apple's relationship with Samsung is weird. Apple relies on Samsung's technology to make the memory and processors that power the iPhone and iPad, but Apple is are also involved in vicious legal battles over Samsung's allegedly infringing designs, as well as countersuits involving Apple's possible infringement of Samsung's cellular technology

This is highly doubtful! Coming from a source in Bankgok of all places (pirate capital of Asia) and especially from MBK where you can get all sorts of hacked and cheap crap there!

WOW!!. nice innovating design... my 4 year old can design better housing than that garbage.. HAHHAHA. APPLE FAIL on this one.. Jobs will roll over his grave and haunt Mr.Cook for messing up his design...

"One has to wonder if this sort of thing would have happened if Steve Jobs were stilll head-honcho at Apple."

All of these inane What Would Jobs Do questions I keep seeing are really starting to get tiresome.

I dont like the idea of the headphone jack being on the bottom... IMHO it makes phones so hard to use when in some case styles

But thats just me...

I like how the phone is charging when its not plugged in..... and the glare where the service would be...

Gen2k said,
I like how the phone is charging when its not plugged in..... and the glare where the service would be...

"a "non functional replica prototype" "

Gen2k said,
I like how the phone is charging when its not plugged in..... and the glare where the service would be...
Does that prototype's screen looks real to you?....

I was hoping for a totally new design, and I actually think that the 4 and 4S looks better than this. Hopefully it's not real but then again I hoped the same about Windows 8...

The speaker grill isn't very symmetric! don't like that one bit, i will steer clear if this is the iPhone 5's final design.

Does anybody know what their new dock connector is? Is it a new proprietary socket?

The only reason they could possible justify changing the well established dock connector is by changing it to micro USB like pretty much all other consumer devices these days. If they change it to another proprietary socket for no justifiable reason, then that's just criminal as it forces everybody to re-buy accessories, even cars, just to use them with their new iDevice.

Making the jump to USB while giving the same issues, would at least make the connector standard going forward, which I think would be worth the pain.

TCLN Ryster said,
Does anybody know what their new dock connector is? Is it a new proprietary socket?

The only reason they could possible justify changing the well established dock connector is by changing it to micro USB like pretty much all other consumer devices these days. If they change it to another proprietary socket for no justifiable reason, then that's just criminal as it forces everybody to re-buy accessories, even cars, just to use them with their new iDevice.

Making the jump to USB while giving the same issues, would at least make the connector standard going forward, which I think would be worth the pain.

in true apple form, they've decided to come up with their own design, so no micro usb. Why their not investigated buy the EU like MS was i'll never know...

Don't worry they can put new guts in an original and all the zombies will Oooooo and Ahhhhh it like it some sort of idol ...

Everything looks great except the back, it needs to all be aluminium not just a bit, it looks like its just wrapped around then ran out of money

Dan~ said,
Everything looks great except the back, it needs to all be aluminium not just a bit, it looks like its just wrapped around then ran out of money

I chuckled there.

If this is real then this is really bad, Apple losing their touch. 5 years of same old same old interface and 3 years of same old same old phone design? c'mon!

This does NOT look like something that Apple created. Notice the metal casting edges on the to and the bottom, that does not look like a good design job, Apple is know for better designs.

I just read this 'Idgaf what it looks like I'm getting it. I've had every iPhone so far. Why stop now?'

Although it makes me not want to live on this planet anymore, it provides insight as to why this phone will sell regardless.

Tom said,
I just read this 'Idgaf what it looks like I'm getting it. I've had every iPhone so far. Why stop now?'

Although it makes me not want to live on this planet anymore, it provides insight as to why this phone will sell regardless.

It's not your wallet at risk, is it?

Plus it's not good to generalize. If a few individuals insist on blind purchases, well let them.

If its aluminium, and that is a conductor of heat, under heavy load of playing games on it dont you think its gonna start burning your hand? or at least be uncomfortable to play

Coolaaron88 said,

Thats what people said about the iPhone4 design before it became official

Aiye and this is very similar - I like neither. Just personal preference.

Yes, Steve Jobs probably would have traveled through time and killed this man before he ever had the chance to post these pictures. That's why this stuff gets leaked now.

Or... it's a bunch of crap. It might be a prototype, at best.

Phouchg said,
Good thing you've mentioned Apple makes it. Otherwise I'd think it's a new Samsung

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I like it, and a lot of people hated the design of the 4 in prerelease photos...when it was released people loved it.

Apples forte is design, it'll be nice looking - don't worry.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
I like it, and a lot of people hated the design of the 4 in prerelease photos...when it was released people loved it.

Apples forte is design, it'll be nice looking - don't worry.

I hated the iPhone 4 design, now I still marvel at it. I like the back on the iPhone 5 but really don't like the bottom (speaker grill)

HMmm cross screws and not pentalobes...

I really hope these are all fake, that back is hideous! Compared to the old glass.

Edit: Not to mention the speaker and mic appear not to be symmetrical... If you ask me....

Draconian Guppy said,
HMmm cross screws and not pentalobes...

I really hope these are all fake, that back is hideous! Compared to the old glass.

yes, but if true this design probably won't crack like a MOFO on a short drop.

warwagon said,

yes, but if true this design probably won't crack like a MOFO on a short drop.

Man I can't tell you how many times i've dropped my iPhone 4 on... Concrete, Asphalt, wood, dirt, water... unintentionally... and every time I drop it, time stops, my heart accelarates and I gulp... But alas... A phew scratches here and there on the screen protector and barely noticeable...

The worst was when It fell of my work vest ( i'm around 6 ft tall) whilst I was getting into a work truck (toyota hilux) and while I was grabbing the steering wheel, I tilted to grab the door and it fell around 9ish feet or 2.5ish meters straight into gravel..

Another time I was playing basketball and forgot to take it out my short's pocket...
That other time, I leaned down to grab a steel tube to try and twist the opening... the iphone slipped and hit sideways the steel pipe....

knock on wood...

Then i've lost track of how many times i've dropped it face on...

So either i'm really lucky or people are really REALLY trying to break them.


Most of the time it only had a skinomi front screen protector, I later added the back one... Then I changed it for a nice metal matte stick on on the back, then removed it and stuck another transparent protector... I used to have a caselogic case for it... Now it's collecting dust.

ahhell said,
The back of it is awful.

Think they may have changed this so there will be less issues with glass breaking. I liked the glass back better myself, but hopefully this will make the phone more durable.

Not trying to cause an argument here...just giving a possible reason.

techbeck said,

Think they may have changed this so there will be less issues with glass breaking. I liked the glass back better myself, but hopefully this will make the phone more durable.

Not trying to cause an argument here...just giving a possible reason.

I don't think the lack of glass was their complaint, I think it is the two toned color rather than aluminum across the whole back.

x90DarkThunder said,

I don't think the lack of glass was their complaint, I think it is the two toned color rather than aluminum across the whole back.

I know, just giving my opinion on why they went away from a glass back and chose this design instead. The phone is rumored to be bigger so all that glass can crack even easier...especially if thats what most of the device is made out of.

torrentthief said,
the back should be all aluminium not all except the top and bottom.

Yeah I'll bet that will do wonders for your reception.

.Neo said,

Yeah I'll bet that will do wonders for your reception.

If it's anything like the iPhone 4S, the antennas will be on the band around the sides of the phone, so an all-aluminum back won't interfere with reception.

cyberdrone2000 said,

If it's anything like the iPhone 4S, the antennas will be on the band around the sides of the phone, so an all-aluminum back won't interfere with reception.

Except this is a unibody design, so the band is actually part of the entire casing, which is why the back is like this I am guessing

I don't care much for the way Apple designed the back. Anyway, iOS kinda lost its appeal to me. Starting to look really bland and uninteresting compared to Windows Phone.

.Neo said,
I don't care much for the way Apple designed the back. Anyway, iOS kinda lost its appeal to me. Starting to look really bland and uninteresting compared to Windows Phone.

The back is my favorite bit. I don't like the speaker grill

.Neo said,
I don't care much for the way Apple designed the back. Anyway, iOS kinda lost its appeal to me. Starting to look really bland and uninteresting compared to Windows Phone.

Their ui is just so old and outdated. WP really makes it look bad and android can make it look boring too

.Neo said,
I don't care much for the way Apple designed the back. Anyway, iOS kinda lost its appeal to me. Starting to look really bland and uninteresting compared to Windows Phone.

I don't like the look of Metro, it's the most awkward interface designed professionally. IMO iOS has been designed right from day 1, it was meant not to change much over the years. Could be nice to have a different Springboard, but I love the way it's made right now.

I can't stand my Android phone for work and can't stand the slowness of my iPhone 3GS with iOS 6 beta 3. I will be the first in line to buy the new iPhone, and make my company pay what they paid for my Android phone directly to me so that I can reduce my iPhone bill.

.Neo said,
I don't care much for the way Apple designed the back. Anyway, iOS kinda lost its appeal to me. Starting to look really bland and uninteresting compared to Windows Phone.

That's what jailbreaking is for. I don't think I'd want to own an iPhone unless I could jailbreak it and tweak it, theme it, mod it, etc.

do you use linux?

Jahooba said,

That's what jailbreaking is for. I don't think I'd want to own an iPhone unless I could jailbreak it and tweak it, theme it, mod it, etc.

thatguyandrew1992 said,

Their ui is just so old and outdated. WP really makes it look bad and android can make it look boring too

I agree, but I doubt they'll change it. I know that a lot of iPhones are sold to technophobes purely because of their ease of use. It's so boring and restricted that you can't really do anything wrong.

.Neo said,
I don't care much for the way Apple designed the back. Anyway, iOS kinda lost its appeal to me. Starting to look really bland and uninteresting compared to Windows Phone.

The problem is no matter how outdated iOS looks compared to the amazing WP8, there will be the Apple bandwagon of people that will continue to use it. Mainly due to the fact that they are used to it and don't want to change to a new OS that they'd have to "learn" the features of.

Jahooba said,

That's what jailbreaking is for. I don't think I'd want to own an iPhone unless I could jailbreak it and tweak it, theme it, mod it, etc.

Just saying... I don't have an iPhone. But I seen phone jailbreak theirs, but all to me it still looks the same. Just different icons, different font but the layout is still the same old thing....