Next iPhone reportedly caught in testing, shows off new design

To say iPhone 6 rumors were coming thick and fast would be an understatement, but new photos leaked today may show Apple's next flagship smartphone in testing. With a seemingly thin chassis, rounded corners and a protruding camera akin to the one on the Nexus 5, it looks like Apple are planning the biggest design upgrade since the iPhone 4.

Posted on Weibo, these images are allegedly taken from within Foxconn, however the legitimacy of this is still disputed as the images are photos of photos, shown on Windows machines. 

The renders and photos both seem to portray a device with an enlarged screen, as the device has been heavily rumored to include, although the size is not clear. The thickness and material, however, looks to be very similar to the current iPod touch, as it does not have glass on the rear as the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5s all had.

The camera does not appear to be particularly large, however maintains a similar depth to the current iPhone's sensor. This leaves it protruding from the rear. Apple use sapphire glass on their iPhone cameras, so this hopefully will not be prone to breakage or scratches.

Specs for the next iPhone remain mostly a mystery, despite recent hints at a 2.6Ghz processor and 389 ppi display. The device is expected to be announced later this year in the autumn.

Source: Weibo via 9to5Mac | Images: Weibo

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Not sure the author of this article knows their Apple stuff:

"it looks like Apple are planning the biggest design upgrade since the iPhone 4."

Wrong. The iPhone 5 was a complete redesign of the iPhone 4.

"it does not have glass on the rear as the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5s all had."

Wrong again: The iPhone 5, 5s both have an aluminum casing.

I would say this is an iPod Touch - the iPod has a single-sided speaker grill and the headphone jack on the bottom, as in the picture.

"Wrong. The iPhone 5 was a complete redesign of the iPhone 4."

So best guess the iphone 6 will be a complete redesign of the 5 like every major iphone model is.

"Wrong again: The iPhone 5, 5s both have an aluminum casing."

I suggest you pick up your iphone 5 and touch the glass at the bottom and top.

Oh come one, we're suppose to believe this? All it shows are images of a computer screen that has an image of a purported device that could have been rendered by anyone.

Ugh. Still rock'in the 4s over here. It's getting VERY slow... and I'm due for an upgrade in May.
Do I wait 'till September or upgrade to the 5s. Choices choices....

This phone image looks a lot like the HTC one with the white plastic hedges and curved corners, but I think Apple won't change the design dramatically as its not been there trend,

"as it does not have glass on the rear as the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5s all had."

Thats wrong because only the 4 and 4S had a full back of glass. If you consider the two panes for the atennas a big deal, then yes the 5/5S had glass on the back, but its not the same as the 4 and 4S.

So the brand new iphone 6 design is the iphone 5 design with the 5c rounded edges(which is also the same rounded edges from the original iphone)...

impressive. I can see why the fans are all over themselves :)

HawkMan said,
So the brand new iphone 6 design is the iphone 5 design with the 5c rounded edges(which is also the same rounded edges from the original iphone)...

impressive. I can see why the fans are all over themselves :)

I don't remember Apple saying anything about a brand new design in the iPhone 6. Actually I don't remember Apple saying anything at all about iPhone 6 :)

AsherGZ said,
Meh. Same old 2007 design. Waiting for the Lumia 930.

Not personally interested in an iPhone but... the line of the Porsche 911 is the same of the 356 which launched in 1963; the design of Tizio lamp, launched in 1972, is still cutting edge. Remaining in the smartphone area the design of my 920, which I prefer to the one of 925 and the Icon, is not very different from the N9.
In other words age is, not necessarily, a detrimental factor in design.

You can't compare cars and lamps with phones. Designs of those have been perfected over the years, but your phone's design should evolve with your needs. The first mobile phones were brick designs, but people still loved them. The iPhone's design and it's measly 4" screen might have been relevant in 2007, when smarthphones merely complimented a PC. Now, with massive screens and high res displays on almost every phone and processors more powerful than yesterdays computers, the iPhone feels like a toy in comparison. I think it's about time Apple ditch the current design and go back to the drawing board.

AsherGZ said,
You can't compare cars and lamps with phones. Designs of those have been perfected over the years, but your phone's design should evolve with your needs. The first mobile phones were brick designs, but people still loved them. The iPhone's design and it's measly 4" screen might have been relevant in 2007, when smarthphones merely complimented a PC. Now, with massive screens and high res displays on almost every phone and processors more powerful than yesterdays computers, the iPhone feels like a toy in comparison. I think it's about time Apple ditch the current design and go back to the drawing board.

Wait, so the iPhone is a toy because of it's screen size? Which itself is very subjective. But as far as processors go, Apple has always been at the forefront of the processors and graphic chips in its phones.

Not quite sure how you're backing up your argument.

AsherGZ said,
You can't compare cars and lamps with phones. Designs of those have been perfected over the years, but your phone's design should evolve with your needs. The first mobile phones were brick designs, but people still loved them. The iPhone's design and it's measly 4" screen might have been relevant in 2007, when smarthphones merely complimented a PC. Now, with massive screens and high res displays on almost every phone and processors more powerful than yesterdays computers, the iPhone feels like a toy in comparison. I think it's about time Apple ditch the current design and go back to the drawing board.

Screen size and design are two completely different subjects. Again the N9 screen size was smaller, 3.9" if I remember correctly, than the one of the 900, the 920 and the 1520 but regardless of the screen size the design has remain unchanged.

Browsed the AT&T store over the weekend and every single other smartphone on the wall made the iPhones there look like an antiquated PoS, hard to believe how far behind they have fallen design-wise. I guess when you have such a captive audience there's no need to innovate.

Lord Method Man said,
Browsed the AT&T store over the weekend and every single other smartphone on the wall made the iPhones there look like an antiquated PoS, hard to believe how far behind they have fallen design-wise. I guess when you have such a captive audience there's no need to innovate.

I wonder why HTC completely copied the look of the 5 then :)

In my personal opinion, if design is an issue, the S5 is absolutely the wrong choice. It has been criticised for its plastic feel that is nowhere near as premium as an HTC One, a Lumia or an iPhone. I can't understand how someone would favour the industrial design of a Samsung device over an iPhone.

Not saying these aren't real, but maybe they are older prototype designs. I say this because isn't that the old dock connector in the left photograph in the right pane on the computer screen? Maybe these show early designs for the iphone 5. Would explain the XP, office 2003, and overall rounded look better.

mr_han_solo said,
Not saying these aren't real, but maybe they are older prototype designs. I say this because isn't that the old dock connector in the left photograph in the right pane on the computer screen? Maybe these show early designs for the iphone 5. Would explain the XP, office 2003, and overall rounded look better.

That image shows the volume buttons

What new design? Seriously, I don't see it. I think it looks like the last version of the iPhone (even seems to have the headphone jack at the bottom of the phone - still can't get over that one; I think that's a massive design-faux-pas. The headphone jack should be at the top, like on the iPhone 4)

pallipdrsn0 said,
What new design? Seriously, I don't see it. I think it looks like the last version of the iPhone (even seems to have the headphone jack at the bottom of the phone - still can't get over that one; I think that's a massive design-faux-pas. The headphone jack should be at the top, like on the iPhone 4)

To me the headphone jack on the bottom makes more sense. It allows you to put the phone in your pocket without having to flip it around first. Then, with the headphone attached, you can grab the phone from your pocket as you would normally hold it and bring it out of your pocket, again without having to flip it afterwards. Even when the phone is lying on a desk, it makes more sense to have the jack on the bottom since if it were on the top, the wire sometimes covers the screen, but not so when at the bottom.

pallipdrsn0 said,
What new design? Seriously, I don't see it. I think it looks like the last version of the iPhone (even seems to have the headphone jack at the bottom of the phone - still can't get over that one; I think that's a massive design-faux-pas. The headphone jack should be at the top, like on the iPhone 4)

- Looks like it's thinner
- Looks like it's larger

Other sources have indicated this for the same design leak:
- Looks like the display is edge-to-edge
- Looks like it's a bit rounded (possibly a 6C leak)
- Looks like the camera will need a bulge

Yep, and it looks like that back is very similar to the current backs...the one in the picture is just missing the glass inserts...that's why the camera appears to be protruding.

I wouldn't rule it out just because it is XP. If these came from a contractor of Apple's, then why couldn't they be running XP? Apple uses some of Microsoft Azure's platform for iCloud (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/micr...-azure-to-power-icloud/9687).

But I do agree about the design. It could just be a prototype though. I imagine Apple is still testing different designs right now before they settle on something. Still months away from any real announcement.

jordanspringer said,
Hard to believe these are real, considering they come from Windows machines. XP even... and the design isn't very nice.

Foxconn also produces Android and Windows devices for other partners. A lot of companies keep using XP because they know their software works on it. Upgrading to them seems like a needless expense.

I actually believe them more because they are on WindowsXP. Manufacturing is all about efficiencies. WindowsXP is solid, runs on old hardware, manufacturing software runs great on it, no reason to upgrade since manufacturing computers are really more like appliances.

jordanspringer said,
Hard to believe these are real, considering they come from Windows machines. XP even... and the design isn't very nice.

Other sites are saying these shots came from Foxconn - the OEM that builds the iPhones.

jordanspringer said,
Hard to believe these are real, considering they come from Windows machines. XP even... and the design isn't very nice.
Can't tell if troll or serious.

Ronnet said,

Foxconn also produces Android and Windows devices for other partners. A lot of companies keep using XP because they know their software works on it. Upgrading to them seems like a needless expense.

XP was also very easy to hack the install, and in some parts of the world, it is fairly common to use non-licensed software when it comes from another country.

StandingInAlley said,
Still running Windows XP :\

I read a book for my 5th graders class last week. He showed me his classroom assigned netbook. He opened it and said "It runs XP, they gotta upgrade this thing bad". Pretty sharp kid, if I do say so. ;)

RommelS said,
In other words ...Can't build an iPhone without Windows. :)

Or more accurately, can't build an iPhone without Microsoft.

If some die hard Apple iPhone fans knew how much Microsoft technology was in the iPhone they would be shocked.

StandingInAlley said,
Still running Windows XP :\

XP runs really well on fairly low spec PC's which is one of the reasons some assembly lines are powered by XP, also "if it ain't broke don't fix it".

TomHall said,

XP runs really well on fairly low spec PC's which is one of the reasons some assembly lines are powered by XP, also "if it ain't broke don't fix it".

and if the computer aren't on the internet, no reason to upgrade past XP if it works... just a computer running a machine, no security risk

In production environments most of the, older, machines only support Windows XP. Also, these machines don't need or use the internet either.