Images of purported next-gen iPhone casing leaked

Images of what is purported to be the casing of the next iPhone have leaked. The case appears to feature the long-rumored elongated screen and a design similar to the current iPhone 4S, which was released last October. Unlike a previous video of the supposed case, the new images show what the fully assembled phone may look like.

The pictures, posted by Chinese supply and repair shop iLab Factory, show a smaller dock connector, the elongated screen and a new metal backing (replacing the previous glass backing used in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S). The website also posted pictures of the individual parts used in the next-generation iPhone, including the home button. 

Recent reports have indicated the new iPhone will feature a screen measuring at least 4 inches diagonally, which would be the first time the iPhone has seen an increase in physical screen size. The iPhone's screen has measured 3.5 inches since the original version launched in 2007. It was also recently reported that the screen would be thinner than the screen currently used in the iPhone 4S, with the traditional touch-screen layer being eliminated and instead integrating touch sensors directly into the screen.

Via: 9to5Mac
Source: iLab Factory | Images via iLab Factory

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Phalesafe said,
If this is real the new dock connector can bite my shiny metal ass.
Is it really that awful to have to use a new and improved format at the expense of backward compatibility?

SHaGGGz said,
Is it really that awful to have to use a new and improved format at the expense of backward compatibility?
For most, yes. So now all the stuff they had for their previous iPhone won't work. All the docks and other connective devices. I'ts not like they're $1 each so that's a lot of money people will have to reinvest. Of course this is good news for Apple.

KCRic said,
For most, yes. So now all the stuff they had for their previous iPhone won't work. All the docks and other connective devices. I'ts not like they're $1 each so that's a lot of money people will have to reinvest. Of course this is good news for Apple.
Good thing Apple doesn't let people's petty griping hold back technological progress. Plus, they include the damn thing with the phone anyway, so what is the big deal? Back when I got my third-gen iPod the cable was sold separately and cost $50... and the product was impossible to use without it. I don't even know how something like that is legal. You have far less to whine about.

KCRic said,
For most, yes. So now all the stuff they had for their previous iPhone won't work. All the docks and other connective devices. I'ts not like they're $1 each so that's a lot of money people will have to reinvest. Of course this is good news for Apple.

There might be an adapter for it. don't judge too soon

(Spork) said,
why am i not surprised that it looks the same ( for the most part ) like the iphone4 - 4s


other thank the ear phone port and power port

(Spork) said,
why am i not surprised that it looks the same ( for the most part ) like the iphone4 - 4s

Because those phones are among the best selling individual smartphone models of all time?

And they should make the entire surface the display, placing the earpiece on the back. No bezel would obviate the need for a larger form factor, while still increasing display size and aspect ratio.

SHaGGGz said,
And they should make the entire surface the display, placing the earpiece on the back. No bezel would obviate the need for a larger form factor, while still increasing display size and aspect ratio.

Either you're being wickedly ironic, or you're bonkers? Or you designed Windows 8?

SHaGGGz said,
And they should make the entire surface the display, placing the earpiece on the back. No bezel would obviate the need for a larger form factor, while still increasing display size and aspect ratio.

I was hoping this same thing. That they would make a rectangle home button on the bottom and the camera, light sensor and earpiece lined across the top for bigger screen.

Mugwump00 said,

Either you're being wickedly ironic, or you're bonkers? Or you designed Windows 8?

Why, what's wrong with my suggestion?

SHaGGGz said,
Why, what's wrong with my suggestion?

No bezel is not realistic with a touch-screen device, unless you have fabulously skeletal hands.

Earpiece on the back? As a user of public transport, no. Hell no! Unless you're thinking that calls are taken with the phone back-to-front, which I think would be awkward.

Mugwump00 said,

No bezel is not realistic with a touch-screen device, unless you have fabulously skeletal hands.

Earpiece on the back? As a user of public transport, no. Hell no! Unless you're thinking that calls are taken with the phone back-to-front, which I think would be awkward.

Having a more efficient use of space in exchange for learning to handle the screen differently would be an exchange I'd be willing to make. Or maybe there's some sort of mechanism similar to palm rejection on laptop touch pads that could be deployed.

Why is flipping the phone onto its back awkard? Not like you're using the screen as it's placed against your cheek anyway.

If they're smart, they'll obviate the uproar over the changing of the headphone jack location by allowing the device to be flipped upside down anywhere. Why don't they allow this already?

I like it, but then again i'm not expecting a drastic re-design like everyone else. Apple is known for not fixing what isn't broken.

This is thinner, bigger screen, sleeker.. it will sell.

So what you're saying is... Apple doesn't fix what's not broken, but they're changing the design? What type of mental gymnastics did you do to reach that conclusion?

Open Minded said,
So what you're saying is... Apple doesn't fix what's not broken, but they're changing the design? What type of mental gymnastics did you do to reach that conclusion?

the design is almost exactly the same.

FloatingFatMan said,
Hmm... Sod the headphone jack... Are those air vents I see? Will the new iPhone run a tad warm, you think?

Yep, there's a turbo intercooler in there for the brand new javascript V10 Nitro

FloatingFatMan said,
Hmm... Sod the headphone jack... Are those air vents I see? Will the new iPhone run a tad warm, you think?

Sorry if your comment was a joke, the holes are there for the speaker.

astropheed said,
Way to innovate Apple! Looks completely different from all the other iPhones, what with that headphone jack on the bottom!

How is being different same as innovation ?

Adamodeus said,
WOW! What an innovative form factor! Apple have outdone themselves again! So refreshing to see something like that...
Yeah, so terribly innovative, it blows my mind!!

Wait, never mind. Samsung should sue them for copying their Galaxy S screen size >.>

Agree.. Makes it a pain to use when its on the bottom... Hated most of my HTC's for this reason...

Lumia has it right putting it on the top out of the way

Those two pics are of different devices, are they both supposed to be the next iPhone? I reckon this is another mock-up and Apple are just doing their best to keep us interested.

CrimsonBetrayal said,
Those two pics are of different devices, are they both supposed to be the next iPhone? I reckon this is another mock-up and Apple are just doing their best to keep us interested.
I believe the second image is the back of the first one.

CrimsonBetrayal said,
Those two pics are of different devices, are they both supposed to be the next iPhone? I reckon this is another mock-up and Apple are just doing their best to keep us interested.

We must be looking at different images, looks like the same device to me Back and Front shot

brent3000 said,

We must be looking at different images, looks like the same device to me Back and Front shot

Look at the bottom. The earphone socket is on different sides in the two images, making it pretty obvious it's a front and back shot.

FloatingFatMan said,

Look at the bottom. The earphone socket is on different sides in the two images, making it pretty obvious it's a front and back shot.

Look at it again. The headphone socket is on the left-hand side on the front shot, then the phone is turned over, and it's now on the right-hand side in the back shot (along with the volume buttons, which is where they've always been).

MightyJordan said,

Look at it again. The headphone socket is on the left-hand side on the front shot, then the phone is turned over, and it's now on the right-hand side in the back shot (along with the volume buttons, which is where they've always been).


You're just reiterating what I said...