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Alleged schematics of Apple iPhone 5 case shows larger home button, curved back

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Alleged schematics of Apple iPhone 5 case shows larger home button, curved back
While the design of the Apple iPhone 4 has received high praise, if some schematic designs for an Apple iPhone 5 case obtained by MobileFun are for real, the next generation model of Apple's touchscreen phone looks to be taking a step back in time. With the back of the device curved like the Apple iPad 2, the rounded back design brings back memories of the iPhone 3GS.

But that doesn't mean that Apple is bringing back an older model. The screen size appears to be increased to a range of 3.7 to 4 inches, up from the current 3.5 inch display size. As expected, the screen will be edge to edge allowing Apple to use every possible inch of real estate to increase the size of the screen while keeping the phone a decent size. Back in May, we reported that a prototype of the phone showed such a screen design.

It should be interesting to seen how Apple handles the resolution of a larger screen, if they keep the 300ppi needed for the display to be a Retina Display. If the screen is expanded to 3.7 inches and the 640 x 960 resolution remains the same, the ppi will be 312, down from the current 326, but still enough to be called a Retina Display. Talk of a gesture based home button would explain the larger size of the button in the schematics.

MobileFun says that according to the design document, side buttons have been moved to the opposite side and the lock button is now near the camera and the volume controls are more than half way down the side of the phone. That doesn't seem apparent from the schematic design. MobileFun also theorizes that the lock and volume buttons could be touch sensitive and that the Apple logo on the back could be the antenna.

Just before every Apple iPhone has been announced, leaks start to increase in number and in accuracy. We might not be able to glean information from a prototype found in a bar like last year, but information from case manufacturers has historically proven to be quite accurate. And to make things more interesting, a second case manufacturer provided MobileFun with a picture of one of their cases allegedly made for the Apple iPhone 5. The openings correspond nicely with the schematics.

source: MobileFun via 9to5Mac, RedmondPie

Schematics supposedly for an Apple iPhone 5 case (L) reveals a change in design from the current model, a different case manufacturer shows off its product for the Apple iPhone 5
Schematics supposedly for an Apple iPhone 5 case (L) reveals a change in design from the current model, a different case manufacturer shows off its product for the Apple iPhone 5

Schematics supposedly for an Apple iPhone 5 case (L) reveals a change in design from the current model, a different case manufacturer shows off its product for the Apple iPhone 5




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posted on 26 Jul 2011, 21:43 1

1. iFake (unregistered)


I don't think Steve Jobs would ever let the home button be an ugly ass oval shape like that.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 22:05 7

5. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


If the home button is gesture based it may not be a physical button, which would mean it wouldn't be oval shaped but the touch sensitive portion may be oval shaped. Being capacitive would mean ots basically invisible but would need an oval shaped opening for the button on cases

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:14

32. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


I think that's a sensor and not just a home button.

See:http://www.tipb.com/2011/07/26/rumoured-iphone-5-cases-show-home-button-flipped-controls/

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 00:11

48. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


thats what i was inferring. but thx for saying it, i couldnt articulate it at the time.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 10:48

43. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


edit.......

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 21:44 6

2. Just observing (unregistered)


"Back in May, we reported that a prototype of the phone showed such a screen design"

Don't break any arms patting yourselves on the back. You've published any and all iPhone rumors since Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 19:53

53. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I have no idea what you're on about.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 21:45 8

3. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I expect Apple to raise the bar on their already award winning design. Can't wait to see it.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 22:31 16

10. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


The iPhone 4 is an award-winning design, that's for sure! Too bad, it wasn't originally Apple's design and it was Garmin who won the award, does this look familiar???

http://red-dot.org/2791.html?&cHash=de5e1220d7f00b294bd00b01cdcc541b&detail=7398

http://nexus404.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads2/2010/07/iphone-4-jailbreak-unlock.jpg

Garmin nüvi 3790T won that design award long before the iPhone 4 was even released.

Seriously, they want to sue Samsung for copying elements of design??

Garmin should be suing Apple!

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 23:43 1

17. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


run along junior with your half baked pos crapdroid

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 00:42 3

20. android_hitman (Posts: 592; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


stop trolling around

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 01:42

23. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I agree nexus should stop trolling and find a different hobby

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 04:56 4

28. Are You Sure? (unregistered)


Not to be shallow and off topic, but if that picture of NeXoS is real, she's the most attractive troll I've ever seen on Phone Arena. :-)

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 01:45 2

24. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Garmin is a GPS. Not an Android device. So nice try, Smart One.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 07:36

39. Laurynas (unregistered)


So what taht it is GPS ?

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 20:00

54. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Does it have to be an Android device? No. Point is Apple is just like Microsoft, stealing designs and other stuff from other companies and announcing it as their own and then being arrogant and smug enough to sue any other competition in order to scare them off. Bullies. This is no surprise, seeing as their CEO Steve Jobs stole the W.I.M.P. UI from Xerox in Palo Alto in the first place anyway.

Taco, go find something sensible to say in order to defend Apple instead of insulting NeXoS. Don't embarrass your fellow Apple fans.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 02:01 2

25. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Ok taco made a very good point about a very designed based companies excellent design and then nexos comes along saying the copied garmin. Im surprised taco didnt go off on this one.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 11:52

44. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


interesting that nexos came in and took a shot at Apple for no reason yet the trolls are thumbing him up and me down. Time to go into battle mode I guess.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 21:57

4. baldilocks (Posts: 505; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Umm, the side buttons are on the exact same side they are now except for the vibrate switch......

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 22:15 2

7. matistight (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 May 2009)


Thank you for not being the only one to catch that too. The camera is already under the power button...

If the buttons are touch sensitive, then how'd they make a case???

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 22:07 8

6. apple fanboys are lame (unregistered)


Ugly...like all their phones.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 22:18 3

9. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1811; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


dude don't hate, apple has made some improvements on their latest iphone

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 15:53

51. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3992; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I personally hate the Apple, except for Ipods, but even I can admit that their build quality is excellent. Software and the fanboys however...not so much.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 22:15 1

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2959; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Honestly why would the home button need to be any bigger? That's just wasted room where the screen could be.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:12

31. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


I think that's a sensor and not a home button.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 23:04

11. quakan (Posts: 1176; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Apple is not going to lower their resolution for sure

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 23:06

12. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


it won't lower the resolution just the ppi and it wouldn't even be noticeable

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 23:08 1

13. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


does anyone actually even want a home button because i hate physical buttons on all of phones

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 00:01 1

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I do it's useful to use the phone one handed

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:31

34. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


...True! What makes me wonder, if the sensor technology that has been rumored to be present on the iP5 - nice improvement- actually comes with it, would you need to use both hands almost at all times to manage it?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:20

33. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


" Steve Jobs originally intended for the iPhone to be buttonless, but found he couldn’t quite get away with it. It looks like he’s some way closer to that goal with the iPhone 5; the physical home screen button has been replaced with a touch-sensitive ovaloid area which takes up the middle half of the bottom border. This area might be used for unique multi-touch gestures, given its increased size." (only that is on the top instead of the bottom or so it seems)

from: http://www.tipb.com/2011/07/26/rumoured-iphone-5-cases-show-home-button-flipped-controls/

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:36

36. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


*the pic is upsidedown

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 23:17 1

14. repwhat (unregistered)


Either or unless Apple takes its death grip away and allows better commission I will still try and talk people out of an iPhone just like now

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 23:36 3

15. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Ah yup, as usual the hypocrisy continues. People complain about Android trolling, but they just can't get enough trolling Apple articles.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 23:43 1

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


yup at least half the posts are fandroid trolls

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 00:14 1

19. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Couldn't have said it better.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 00:45 3

21. broseph (unregistered)


anyone who doesn't like apple products must be a dumbass fanboy of some other manufacturer! YEAH!

High Five, Bro!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 16:04

52. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3992; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I only like ipods... I dont like ipads, or Macs, or the iphone... just ipods... that's my own personal preference though... I do prefer HTC over Apple in phones because of Sense. I'm not judging Apple, I think they have made a very successful product. I just don't like the simplicity of iOS, though the simplicity does give you the advantage in speed, I would rather have a little lag and more customization than smoothness and not as much personality... just sayin. Not saying my product is better, or yours is bad, just that everyone has their own personal taste to things, and mine just happens to be Android with HTC Sense, not iOS.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 01:32

22. So... (unregistered)


If the green shaded area is the display area, does it mean that the button also features a displayable screen under it? o.O

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 03:45

27. Irad (unregistered)


It's unlikely to be true. this phone is ugly - and if we learned something from the cellphone industry - Apple make nice looking phones. (even though i'm not sure right now if the iPhones until iPhone 4 were nice looking...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 04:57

29. Are You Sure? (unregistered)


Not to be shallow and off topic, but if that picture of NeXoS is real, she's the most attractive troll I've ever seen on Phone Arena. :-)

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:05 1

30. andro (unregistered)


Wow the back is slightly curved,this changes everything again again. So the most breakable phone screen in the world will now get even more so with edge to edge.

Fans boys rejoice your masters have slightly changed your device to make a 'new' one,get ready to hand over alll your savings yet again

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:34

35. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Hey Miz....

Why not cheer the iphone in a thread about the iphone?

Curved back! What an innovation! An ACTUAL curve!

woohoo.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:46 1

37. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


What a guy! A hero is born ;)

" First iPhone 5 Buyer Already In Line For New iDevice"

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2011/07/first-iphone-5-buyer-already-in-line-for-new-idevice

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:54

38. pandamaja (unregistered)


not a fan of the touch sensitive volume buttons. Physical buttons add a 'locational home', that is, if I just need to turn the volume up a bit, its nice to be able to reach in my pocket and find the buttons. I'm sure apple will find a way to implement this gracefully.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 08:53

40. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


It looks like an iPod Touch.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 08:55

41. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


My guess is that it will look like the iPad 2 Mini.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 09:01

42. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


If this is the new design it loses some originality points, but it seems like it will be more durable and comfortable to grip than the iPhone 4. I assume that they've addressed the antenna issue too. i hope the back is aluminum ala the iPad 2 and not plastic or chrome.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:21 1

45. iWish (unregistered)


Hmmm, that oval shape looks a lot like the Galaxy S II. Get the lawyers ready Samsung.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 03:14

49. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh yes, because Oval shapes is such a patented design.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:49

46. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


YAAWWWNN!!!!

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 18:12

47. M0nkeyBr (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


Its looks like a custom ipod touch

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