Is this the iPhone 5 exterior?

A new video has been released showing what it claims to be the exterior of Apple's upcoming iPhone revision, the iPhone 5.

ETrade Supply, an online phone and tablet part shop, uploaded the video late yesterday. In it, 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.

The new iPhone is expected to launch sometime later this year. Apple is hosting its developer conference, WWDC, next Monday through Friday. An iPhone revision is unlikely to appear at the conference, however, as it typically revolves around software and, at times, Apple computers and laptops. Apple's new iPhone is rumored to run on its upcoming iOS 6 upgrade, which many expect to be shown at WWDC. The iPhone 5 was previously rumored to be revealed this month, however recent reports indicate October is a more likely month for the phone to be revealed.

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If he iPhone comes in October, there is a small possibility that the design will be much different. However, I personally believe that this will be it. It takes a long time to test all the aspects of a design, and since these back-plates seems to be all over the place, you can bet on it that this'll be the real deal. I need to see it fully assembled to get a real opinion, but the longer I see this design, the more it grows on me.

Edit: but to be honest, this kinda is a longer version of the iPhone 4, without the glass-back and some tweaks on the bottom.

with so many leaked pics and openly shown all over something tells me the new iphone wont look like that. maybe its just judging on past apple reactions to this kind of stuff.

downhillrider said,
with so many leaked pics and openly shown all over something tells me the new iphone wont look like that. maybe its just judging on past apple reactions to this kind of stuff.

Very good point. If they were real, Apple's lawyers would be all over them by now.

The most glaring thing about this is the dock connector - I seriously (that means very seriously) doubt Apple is going to completely change the dock connector considering the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dock accessories that the iPhone brand (and iPods as well) have built up over the past oh, 10 years or so and make all of them completely useless with one brand new device.

I won't put it past Apple because they do tend to just change things within a product cycle but, honestly, even as a mockup that's the most glaring booboo with these kinds of videos. I could be wrong, of course, and next week we'll most likely find out for sure but, I don't know at this point. I'd say it's BS - I can understand a chance in terms of screen size, potentially resolution, potentially not using a glass backing anymore (enough shattered devices front and back, really), with a composite material that's radio-wave-neutral, and the other aspects.

But that dock connector... even on a prototype device (if that's what the case happened to be from, an earlier design concept) would never have a smaller dock connector port like that. Apple ain't going the microUSB route like the rest of the industry did, it's just not happening. It would be like scrapping 10 year of iPod and iPhone and iPad development and tossing it out the window forcing third party accessory makers to literally start completely from scratch all over again.

Even Apple ain't that powerful.

I really hope that is not the final design of the back, its really ugly. I do like the headphone jack on the bottom though, makes much more sense.

bbfc_uk said,
I really hope that is not the final design of the back, its really ugly. I do like the headphone jack on the bottom though, makes much more sense.

Not a fan of the headphone being on bottom. When I pull my 4S iPhone out of my hip holder, I looking at my phone correctly. When it changes to the bottom, I'll be looking at the screen upside down, If I still keep the headphone jack in the front.

hagjohn said,

Not a fan of the headphone being on bottom. When I pull my 4S iPhone out of my hip holder, I looking at my phone correctly. When it changes to the bottom, I'll be looking at the screen upside down, If I still keep the headphone jack in the front.

I would presume that most people keep their phone in their pocket when headphones are plugged in. So if you take the phone out of your pocket it will already be in the right position rather than having to turn it around.

The back is ugly. Like the length but they should have widened it a bit. Sooner or later it will get wider, IMO. Just make the change now when your lengthening it.

hagjohn said,
The back is ugly. Like the length but they should have widened it a bit. Sooner or later it will get wider, IMO. Just make the change now when your lengthening it.

I think part of leaving the width alone has to do with allowing your thumb to have full reach across. This allows you to fully make use of the phone without inconveniences like the skin from the base of your thumb touching the screen screwing up your navigation around the UI and such. It's all about usability, and judging how some folks are now questioning whether they really wanted such a big screen, it's an important factor to consider.

drazgoosh said,
At last! A larger screen. I mean I'd still go for the One X or S3 over it, but at least Apple are making an effort.

An "effort?" Apple is single-handedly responsible for upping the ante on smartphones from the pitiful Nokias and BlackBerries 5 years ago to what smartphones are today.

That includes the displays, whose resolution Apple randomly quadrupled out of the blue and everyone else is still trying to play catchup with 2 years later.

The 3.5" screen was a very much researched choice, not a lack of effort. Apple found that people couldn't comfortably operate bigger screens with one hand.

Above is also probably why this new bigger prototype is only longer, not wider.

Well the majority people I talk to, prefer to have larger screens (4" to 4.7"). Sure Apple suddenly made other phone companies step up when the iPhone was released, but now many agree that they are playing catch-up in terms of Hardware and Software.

Digitalx said,
Well... at least they're attempting to catch up to others.

what by sticking a stupid big screen on it? It's a phone not a tablet. I dislike phones with large screens. The current 4/4s screen size is perfect.

mbowman said,

what by sticking a stupid big screen on it? It's a phone not a tablet. I dislike phones with large screens. The current 4/4s screen size is perfect.

I'm with you on that one. I would really like it if they had updated models with the current sized screen.

The Laughing Man said,
headphone jack on the bottom, not a fan of this....

Really? One of the few things I wish the iPad and iPhone had was the headphone jack on the bottom like the iPod Touch. To me that makes more sense. You can slide it in your pocket in the orientation that you hold it in and the headphones come out the top of your pocket (bottom of the phone). Currently, I have to have the headphone against the bottom of my pocket (which adds stress to the connector) or I have to flip my phone around every time I pull it out.

The Laughing Man said,
headphone jack on the bottom, not a fan of this....
You have to be kidding, my Galaxy Nexus has the port on the bottom and I LOVE that feature. The headphone jack in this position is meant for the device going in your pocket the proper way with no flipping.

That phone doesn't look any wider than the iPhone 4/4S. Is Apple planning on increasing the display size by simply making it taller?

bj55555 said,
That phone doesn't look any wider than the iPhone 4/4S. Is Apple planning on increasing the display size by simply making it taller?

Screen size is measure diagonally so making it taller will give it a bigger display size...

I thought only the 'patent watchdog' department is working and the rest of Apple is on off

About time the iPhone got bigger.
But I still don't like how locked down Apple products are.
Guess I'll never get an Apple product this lifetime (unless its given to me free)

Here we go again. Did everybody forget why iPhone 4 was called iPhone 4? It was because it was the 4th generation of iPhone. There is no reason why Apply would call the new iPhone, iPhone 5. If they called it by the number they would call it iPhone 6.

Anyhow, I believe that they will market it as the New iPhone and in the documentation it will refer to the phone as simply iPhone (6th generation).

AtriusNY said,
Here we go again. Did everybody forget why iPhone 4 was called iPhone 4? It was because it was the 4th generation of iPhone. There is no reason why Apply would call the new iPhone, iPhone 5. If they called it by the number they would call it iPhone 6.

Anyhow, I believe that they will market it as the New iPhone and in the documentation it will refer to the phone as simply iPhone (6th generation).

Apple's naming conventions for the iPhone have been messy because of the 3G version, but one thing that has been true for the last few releases is a new number to signify a redesign, followed by a refresh using an edited version of the previous name.

I personally think the numbers don't relate to the generation, but they increase with every major redesign. I expect the next iPhone to be called the iPhone 5. They were brave enough to call it the iPhone 3G even though it was the 2nd generation and I expect them to do the same thing with the '6th generation'.

AtriusNY said,
Here we go again. Did everybody forget why iPhone 4 was called iPhone 4? It was because it was the 4th generation of iPhone. There is no reason why Apply would call the new iPhone, iPhone 5. If they called it by the number they would call it iPhone 6.

Anyhow, I believe that they will market it as the New iPhone and in the documentation it will refer to the phone as simply iPhone (6th generation).

I think so too. Just like the new iPad, it is a good bet that Apple will drop the numbering off of the iPhone line as part of the branding as well.

DomZ said,
They were brave enough to call it the iPhone 3G even though it was the 2nd generation and I expect them to do the same thing with the '6th generation'.

Nonsense.. What's brave about calling it what it is? This was an iPhone with 3G connectivity, so they called it the iPhone 3G. It had nothing to do with implying that it was the 3rd iPhone. It's not rocket science.

iPhone 1: iPhone
iPhone 2: iPhone 3G
iPhone 3: iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4: iPhone 4
iPhone 5: iPhone 4S
iPhone 6: ?

In my opinion it would be fairly stupid to call the 6th iPhone "iPhone 5". They'd be selling themselves one short. Anyhow, as AtriusNY said... I think they'll just call the new one The New iPhone like they did with the iPad... even though that's just going to cause confusion down the line. All new iPhone's were known as "the new iPhone" when they came out

Enron said,
They're going to call it the 'new' iPhone, like they have the 'new' iPad. No number.

I don't know why so many people have a problem with the iPad or iPhone not having a number attached to the end. Where were the complaints and confusion with the iPod, iMac, and MacBook lines? I sure never saw an iPod Nano 6 or or a MacBook Air 2 ...

What's with it being Matt at the back except from the top and bottom, doesn't look very nice. Overall doesn't look like it will be a massive change from the iphone4 design unless there is big changes on the front which is doubtful.

Gaffney said,
What's with it being Matt at the back except from the top and bottom, doesn't look very nice. Overall doesn't look like it will be a massive change from the iphone4 design unless there is big changes on the front which is doubtful.

Well if, and I repeat if, they will increase the screen size to 4" or even better 4.3" it will make a big difference; plus there are rumors that the screen will get the Gorilla glass II.
Time will tell though..................

Gaffney said,
What's with it being Matt at the back except from the top and bottom, doesn't look very nice. Overall doesn't look like it will be a massive change from the iphone4 design unless there is big changes on the front which is doubtful.

I imagine it's something to do with antenna design. As mentioned in the video the back and the antenna are completely separate on the iPhone 4 design which means when you're touching the back you're not interfering. Because they're all connected in this design they've probably used some material for the majority of the back to stop interference, but left some nice big parts metal to improve the signal

Fritzly said,

Well if, and I repeat if, they will increase the screen size to 4" or even better 4.3" it will make a big difference; plus there are rumors that the screen will get the Gorilla glass II.
Time will tell though..................

What's interesting is, if this is legit and they really are changing the screen size, the width is currently the same as the iPhone 4. That means the only direction they can increase the size is vertically and that also means there would be a new resolution to develop for + aspect ratio.

Not bad, I think the design suits the phone well.

On another note, what is up with these sponsored ads (already saw Engadget, CNET, etc) from other websites doing underneath the articles?

este said,
On another note, what is up with these sponsored ads (already saw Engadget, CNET, etc) from other websites doing underneath the articles?

Exactly, I thought being a Subscriber meant I didn't have to look at ads.

I hate the new dock connector, what does that mean for all the devices that support the current dock connector? Will the new phone come with an adaptor so it remains compatible with all current docking stations etc :-(

joemailey said,
I hate the new dock connector, what does that mean for all the devices that support the current dock connector? Will the new phone come with an adaptor so it remains compatible with all current docking stations etc :-(

why would they? this is Apple, rebuy everything! Always thought integrating a single companies connector into everything was stupid... cars with the dock connector, stereos, heck some houses had them built in when being built

neufuse said,

why would they? this is Apple, rebuy everything! Always thought integrating a single companies connector into everything was stupid... cars with the dock connector, stereos, heck some houses had them built in when being built

So you are still using Windows 3.0 on your Compaq workstation, driving your Ford Pinto and listening to Bach ?

Welcome to the real world where every company evolves new things to sell or die.

joemailey said,
I hate the new dock connector, what does that mean for all the devices that support the current dock connector? Will the new phone come with an adaptor so it remains compatible with all current docking stations etc :-(

They'll probably have a rather expensive adaptor. But if this new port is Micro USB then in the long run its a good thing because that's the standard every phone should be using IMO

joemailey said,
I hate the new dock connector, what does that mean for all the devices that support the current dock connector? Will the new phone come with an adaptor so it remains compatible with all current docking stations etc :-(
It means you have to replace everything with that connector. Welcome to reality.

laserfloyd said,
It means you have to replace everything with that connector. Welcome to reality.

Or just don't buy the phone.

DomZ said,

They'll probably have a rather expensive adaptor. But if this new port is Micro USB then in the long run its a good thing because that's the standard every phone should be using IMO

Agreed. I'm thrilled to see phone companies headed in this direction.

DomZ said,

They'll probably have a rather expensive adaptor. But if this new port is Micro USB then in the long run its a good thing because that's the standard every phone should be using IMO


Except for the fact that the standard Apple dock connector does a hell of a lot more than a micro USB connection.

I'm sorry, but how is this being Apple's way of making you "rebuy everything" when they've kept the design the same for quite some time?

roadwarrior said,

Except for the fact that the standard Apple dock connector does a hell of a lot more than a micro USB connection.

How so? With MHL, a micro USB port can transfer HD video, digital audio, and power. What more do you need?

humanz. said,

delusional thinking, there's "always on usb" available. Apple uses proprietary hardware to manipulate its consumer base into buying more of something that isn't necessary

What in the hell does "always on USB" have to do with anything I said? The Apple dock connector provides not only standard USB signals, but also audio and video (both digital and analog), as well as a method of controlling the iPod/iPhone/iPad and/or the device attached to the connector.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...media_player_dock_connector
http://pinouts.ru/PortableDevices/ipod_pinout.shtml
https://nuxx.net/wiki/Apple_Accessory_Protocol

roadwarrior said,
The Apple dock connector provides not only standard USB signals, but also audio and video (both digital and analog), as well as a method of controlling the iPod/iPhone/iPad and/or the device attached to the connector.
Surely that's basically the same as a USB connection then? Granted, the Apple dock has unique protocols, but what would prevent USB from doing those? It's not like I can't control my webcam using USB, etc.

Kirkburn said,
Surely that's basically the same as a USB connection then? Granted, the Apple dock has unique protocols, but what would prevent USB from doing those? It's not like I can't control my webcam using USB, etc.

On that point, you are correct, but I'm talking about the iPod, etc. directly controlling another device without the aid of a computer, and/or the other device controlling the iPod (changing volume, tracks, etc.). And (other than with MHL, mentioned in a post above), you can't directly get things such as audio or analog/digital video from a USB port. Even with that, you only have digital audio/video, not analog. Those signals are directly present on the dock connector, needing only a simple cable to hook them up to your TV or stereo.

roadwarrior said,

Those signals are directly present on the dock connector, needing only a simple cable to hook them up to your TV or stereo.

a simple cable that costs $39.
For the same money you can get an HDMI to S-video/composite converter box that works everywhere, not just Apple hardware.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0047PDBP0/

edit: fixed link.

Edited by gonchuki, Jun 8 2012, 12:27am :

gonchuki said,

a simple cable that costs $39.

Yeah, if you buy it directly from Apple, much cheaper just about anywhere else. And your link 404s.

Which leads us to having lovely docks at the gym where I can just hook my iPod up to the treadmill/elliptical/bike to be able to control my music directly from the machine without touching the player too.