Rumored iPhone5 prototype has metal back and larger screen

Gathering intel on upcoming products is becoming a game of cat and mouse for companies and the media. Now that the iPad 2 has been released, the rumor mill is going full-tilt about Apple’s next device, the iPhone 5. An insider at Foxconn has shared information with 9to5Mac indicating that prototypes of the new mobile device have been seen around the company and that mass production of the phone will be starting in the near future.

There are only two notable differences rumored about the iPhone 5. The first is that the back of the phone will no longer be made of glass but will instead be an unidentified type of metal and will be flat instead of curved. Some people are wondering if the backing will be made of Apple’s recently acquired LiquidMetal, but it’s probably safer to assume it be plain old aluminum. The second difference between the current-gen and next-gen iPhone is that the screen is expected to be slightly larger, moving from 3.5 inches to four inches. It is unknown whether the increase in size will result in an increased resolution.

Although the new rumors don’t point to a drastic change in the iPhone line, the old adage of, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it” will also come into play. Apple has a very popular product on its hands and a few tweaks will only help to make it better.

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There might only be two noticable differences between they're not looking at all the hardware.
I can see the new A5 chip going into the Iphone 5, which would be a great update.

And at the end of the day, it will still basically be the same L&F it's had for the last 5 years now? No thanks, I've moved on.

Bigger memory (64Gb+)
USB connector (non-proprietary) for charging and for file sync
Ability to use device as USB drive, store files etc, drag-drop between phone and PC
Ability to sync photos etc without having to use iTunes :-(
Password lock on specific sections (eg contacts but not photos or vice versa)
Radio (FM or digital)
There's plenty still to do!!!

gb8080 said,
Bigger memory (64Gb+)
USB connector (non-proprietary) for charging and for file sync
Ability to use device as USB drive, store files etc, drag-drop between phone and PC
Ability to sync photos etc without having to use iTunes :-(
Password lock on specific sections (eg contacts but not photos or vice versa)
Radio (FM or digital)
There's plenty still to do!!!

It's called an Android phone ;O

gb8080 said,
Bigger memory (64Gb+)
USB connector (non-proprietary) for charging and for file sync
Ability to use device as USB drive, store files etc, drag-drop between phone and PC
Ability to sync photos etc without having to use iTunes :-(
Password lock on specific sections (eg contacts but not photos or vice versa)
Radio (FM or digital)
There's plenty still to do!!!
nice! and put itunes in te cloud

gb8080 said,
Bigger memory (64Gb+)
USB connector (non-proprietary) for charging and for file sync
Ability to use device as USB drive, store files etc, drag-drop between phone and PC
Ability to sync photos etc without having to use iTunes :-(
Password lock on specific sections (eg contacts but not photos or vice versa)
Radio (FM or digital)
There's plenty still to do!!!
ohh well they'll throw them another bone next time maybe one of those items then the hordes can run out and upgrade and say wow look a fm radio I just can't believe someone did that

Better camera, 5MP is fine but just needs a bit more quality.
Better Battery
Bigger screen - HTC Desire size would be great

Thats all I want, everything else is great

There are only two notable differences rumored about the iPhone 5. The first is that the back of the phone will no longer be made of glass but will instead be an unidentified type of metal and will be flat instead of curved.

The back of the iPhone 4 is curved? OMFG I live in a parallel universe!!

Gabotril said,

The back of the iPhone 4 is curved? OMFG I live in a parallel universe!!
They are probably referring to the iPod touch, which still has a curved metal back (and scratches like no tomorrow, even in a case!)

I find it funny the Steve Jobs insulted the size of the Droid X last year and all the iDrones agreed with him.. If this phone will come out, all the iDrones will think it's the best idea Apple has ever come up with.

UndergroundWire said,

Is a stupid marketing word that Apple likes to throw around. Hello? Windows anyone?

It isn't a marketing word.

Examinus said,

It isn't a marketing word.

Yes it is. Let me explain something that hopefully will make sense. Apple does hardware and software. They can't afford to offer too much variety because it will hurt there bottom line. As such, Apple refreshes there products once a year. You can always expect a new iPad on Spring, iPhone on Summer, iPod on Fall, etc...

Microsoft and Google only do software. As such other companies take there software at place it on there hardware. The refresh cycle is so often, offering many types of devices and hardware.

Before I go any further, is Windows Operating System fragmented? Yes! How come you never hear that "buzz word" thrown around for it then? Can I run Crysis on A Core 2 Duo with integrated graphics as well as my friend who has very high specs and were both running Windows 7? Of course not. That would be silly to expect the same results.

Back to my point, if Android wasn't "fragmented", then Android would not have exploded they way it has in the past year and half. This is the main reason why Windows Operating System (Desktop) and Android OS have taken huge market shares.

People like variety (yes I know it's shocking but Steve Jobs thinks you only need one kind of phone). They don't want to have the same type of phone like the next person. Android offers touch screens, big screens, keyboard sliders, compact, gaming types, Blackberry like devices. Unfortunately for Apple, they don't see this point which is why Steve Jobs has a hissy fit with Google.

If fragmentation didn't exist, Windows and Android would never have held a HUGE market share.

So to sum it up, you can throw around the word fragmentation but remember that Apple can not hope to claim the Number 1 spot without it being fragmented.

UndergroundWire said,

Yes it is.

No, it isn't. "Fragmentation" is the kind of word we avoid in marketing because it needs huge explanations that nobody reads.

Examinus said,

No, it isn't. "Fragmentation" is the kind of word we avoid in marketing because it needs huge explanations that nobody reads.


So I guess your absolutely right then. Android is fragmented. Windows is not fragmented. You heard it here folks go run your Crysis game on a $500 Windows 7 Dell machine. Everything will work as it should.

My point is that your average users knows nothing about fragmentation. It's haters that throw the word around. When more and more users switch to Android and Android has a market share similar to what Microsoft has in desktop computers, I can guarantee you that word disappears.

UndergroundWire said,

So I guess your absolutely right then. Android is fragmented. Windows is not fragmented. You heard it here folks go run your Crysis game on a $500 Windows 7 Dell machine. Everything will work as it should.

My point is that your average users knows nothing about fragmentation. It's haters that throw the word around. When more and more users switch to Android and Android has a market share similar to what Microsoft has in desktop computers, I can guarantee you that word disappears.

Your point was that "fragmentation" is a marketing word. It isn't, and none of your replies seem to relate to that assertion in any way whatsoever. I'm not too sure who you're arguing with.

Tim the Enchanter said,
fragmentation

you are a developer and you want to do a program that work in most system but there are a little detail :exist different hardware. So, you pick the average and do different version (i.e. fragmentation) of the software for those different hardware.

For android exist 4 different kind of fragmentation :
-legacy software (i.e. for <2.0), usually for small screen.
-med-screen , almost all compatible for 2.1.
-hi-res screen, almost all compatible for 2.1.
-tablet

But Apple is not the exception, but it is way more "evil". First, he force to early discontinue some products, later it force to some software to be compatible only for newest version and finally it launch different kind of devices.
For Apple the fragmentation is:
-iphone/ipod legacy
-iphone 2g,3g,3gs mid-screen.
-iphone 4g hi-res screen.
-ipod touch
-ipod touch 2g

while is possible (in both cases, iphone and android) to play a low-res application in a hi-res screen but it is undesirable.

Examinus said,

Your point was that "fragmentation" is a marketing word. It isn't, and none of your replies seem to relate to that assertion in any way whatsoever. I'm not too sure who you're arguing with.

I'm not arguing with anyone. I'm arguing how people use that word. My point is it's a marketing word pushed by Apple to give a negative meaning to it. But without fragmentation, Android would not have penetrated the market like this in a short amount of time. So yeah, fragmentation sucks but guess what, programmers are still making the apps for the phone because it would be stupid not to and Android has dominated in sales over Apple.

That's why I laugh when some one's argument of Apple vs Google is fragmentation. I reply yup absolutely it's fragmented but Android has overpowered Apple because Apple only offers one device a year and people are not always going to like what they have to offer.

Fragmentation is why Android is now number 1. And that by no means is a negative thing.

A few weeks ago I was writing about the the lifecycle of Apple fanboyism. The metal back was perfect. Then the plastic on the 3G was better, making it lighter and scratch resistant. Then they claimed the glass back was better because it was not plastic and looked better. Now we will hear how metal is better than glass.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

nohone said,
A few weeks ago I was writing about the the lifecycle of Apple fanboyism. The metal back was perfect. Then the plastic on the 3G was better, making it lighter and scratch resistant. Then they claimed the glass back was better because it was not plastic and looked better. Now we will hear how metal is better than glass.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Yep. Fanboys give a bad name to everyone else who can enjoy a product without worshipping it.

nohone said,
A few weeks ago I was writing about the the lifecycle of Apple fanboyism. The metal back was perfect. Then the plastic on the 3G was better, making it lighter and scratch resistant. Then they claimed the glass back was better because it was not plastic and looked better. Now we will hear how metal is better than glass.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

lol

nohone said,
A few weeks ago I was writing about the the lifecycle of Apple fanboyism. The metal back was perfect. Then the plastic on the 3G was better, making it lighter and scratch resistant. Then they claimed the glass back was better because it was not plastic and looked better. Now we will hear how metal is better than glass.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

true, i still think plastic is the best, i don't own an iphone (thank god) but i did own ipod before and the chrome back was horrible, it got scratches just by holding it.

Different people prefer different things. I never really liked the plastic back, but I liked the original metal back and, despite the risks of having a phone made of glass, I also really like the iPhone 4.

Simon said,
Different people prefer different things. I never really liked the plastic back, but I liked the original metal back and, despite the risks of having a phone made of glass, I also really like the iPhone 4.
Welcome Mr. Fanboy.

Jebadiah said,
Welcome Mr. Fanboy.
Thanks! Always nice to be reduced to a simple meaningless statement by someone who clearly has nothing valuable to say.

Nice meeting you!

Simon said,
Different people prefer different things. I never really liked the plastic back, but I liked the original metal back and, despite the risks of having a phone made of glass, I also really like the iPhone 4.

I didn't like the glass back on my iPhone 4, so I have installed a metal OEM back.

Apple really should just stick with a plastic back, it doesn't fracture as easily as the glass back and doesn't scratch and dent like the metal back. Apple's choice of materials and design seems to focus too much on the appearance.

Simon said,
Thanks! Always nice to be reduced to a simple meaningless statement by someone who clearly has nothing valuable to say.

Nice meeting you!

+1

Fandroids will keep throwing mud

nekrosoft13 said,

true, i still think plastic is the best, i don't own an iphone (thank god) but i did own ipod before and the chrome back was horrible, it got scratches just by holding it.

because you are holding it wrong :-P

Four inches would be nice. I think they would do that to have a more iPad like menu system.
Either way, higher resolution front and rear facing camera but mainly a software overhaul would be nice.

Personally I would be surprised if they upped the resolution - I think a larger screen is a possibility but I don't think apple want to get into the business of having so many resolutions that apps are required to support. Owning an iphone 4 my wish list would be a way to improve reception, improved battery life, better camera and an overhaul of the notification system.

empty said,
Owning an iphone 4 my wish list would be a way to improve reception, improved battery life, better camera and an overhaul of the notification system.

+1 my wish list is the same

empty said,
Personally I would be surprised if they upped the resolution - I think a larger screen is a possibility but I don't think apple want to get into the business of having so many resolutions that apps are required to support.

Which is why they should have encouraged the use of SVG in their phones. I can't believe SVG hasn't become more popular since it can effectively scale from a mobile to a tablet to a PC and everything in between.

Co_Co said,

+1 my wish list is the same
that pos suffers all those problems and you still have it...?
thats dedication ..no wonder jobs is laughing all the way to the bank

ishtarusa said,
that pos suffers all those problems and you still have it...?
thats dedication ..no wonder jobs is laughing all the way to the bank

In fairness, what smartphone owner wouldnt wish for at least half of those?

thommcg said,

In fairness, what smartphone owner wouldnt wish for at least half of those?

You have to remember people who sheepishly follow Apple are just as bad as those who are sheepishly anti-apple. I'm using the iPhone 4 (and I own a blackberry,windows phone7 & Galaxy S) and i find the camera is amazing quality and also battery life kicks ass I can use my phone all day quite extensively and it can pull through flying colours the same can be said about my LG optimus 7 and Bold 9700 although the Galaxy S has a terrible battery life for what I use it for at least.