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Alleged snapshot of the next iPhone's display production line features a revamped home key

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Alleged snapshot of the next iPhone's display production line features a revamped home key
A photo has emerged on Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, and it allegedly depicts a production line at Wintek, an Apple touchscreen components supplier.

The user who posted it claims that the display components in the picture are from working on parts for the next iPhone, and if that's indeed the case, a few observations spring to mind, that tie up with previous rumors about the screen's features.

First off, the bezel on the sides seems extremely thin, and also the whole module seems a tad wider, but before it's placed next to an iPhone 4, there's no way to know for sure. Still, those rumors about a larger than the current 3.5" display on the next iPhone might hold water, after all.

Alleged snapshot of the next iPhone's display production line features a revamped home key

The most interesting thing, however, other than the fact Wintek workers are still making iPhone screens despite their bosses poisoning them with N-Hexane last year to speed up the production process, is the home key.

Alleged snapshot of the next iPhone's display production line features a revamped home key
Granted, there aren't any closeups of the screen component itself, just an overview of the production line, but one can still observe that the home button seems elongated, which coincides with a lot of rumors and leaked case schematics that the next iPhone will sport a home key with different shape, and it is talked to be touch-sensitive, for some gesture navigation fun.

Make of it what you will, and we should know more soon enough.

via Tinhte (translated)

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posted on 18 Aug 2011, 02:33 2

2. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Looks around 4" to me. Anything less wouldn't really interest me. I guess jobs finally realized how itty bitty his displays are compared to the comp.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 02:49 9

3. klpos (unregistered)


it's time for Samsung to sue Apply for home button copycat.. :D

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 02:56

5. cheetah2k (Posts: 737; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Its probably why Apple is suing Samsung, because Samsung got to it first.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 05:15 4

9. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


They should all stop sueing each other for pointless things.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 17:30

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh man, if they use a rounded off rectangular button, samsung has got a countersuit like no tomorrow.. lol.

Id say that screen is probably close to 4 inches. Its either that or they shrank the phone because the bezels are smaller.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 02:56 3

4. pong (unregistered)


It may be samsung, who knows

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 02:57 3

6. cheetah2k (Posts: 737; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


It really does seem odd that Apple would change the home button.... Its the centre piece and an icon of the iPhone itself!

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 09:57 1

15. quakan (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Right, I don't feel like there's a need for a change of the home button. I like it the way it is.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 04:07 2

7. andro (unregistered)


This is the same news that isheep have been salivating over for the last few months,the exact same iphone which has been around for 5 years now with larger screen,wow this changes everything again....a larger screen!

APPLEs can be rotten and have worm inside.......isheep wil still keep eating it anyhow!

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 04:27 3

8. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


this is not much of a change design wise.
How can apple fans want to have a phone with the same design for 4 years ???
That just becomes boring.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 09:04 3

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


And what is the design change on android phones? Don't they come out with a similar phone year after year?

Galaxy I & II similar design
Droid X 1 & 2 exact same
Moto Droid 1,2,3 SAME DESIGN

So do you think android phones are boring? How could android fans get excited over the same phone year after year with some new specs?

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 09:14 4

13. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


That's what makes having more than one device on an OS such an awesome thing. If I get bored with one device I have multiple devices with multiple makers to choose from. You are stuck with the same phone just $200 lighter every year for that priviliage.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 09:39

14. ieattacoswithmyapple (unregistered)


Hey isheep the galaxy s had a curved edges and the galaxy s II has boxy edges they don't look anything alike

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 22:52

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


Kind of like the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4? Copycats

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 11:18

16. bbyguy (unregistered)


people dont normal go from one phone to its sequel as most are released in consecutive years, though ive witnessed iidiots go from 3g to 3gs to black 4 to white 4 as soon as they are available

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 14:16 2

17. jroc74 (Posts: 3959; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I get what you're saying...I've used that argument when ppl said all Motorola phones look the same.

Yea the....sequels....for the most part will look the same.

The thing is...the iPhone is one phone. So all you will ever see is a sequel to it. If there is ever another radically different design to future iPhones, thats another story. You mentioned 2 different manufactures. And 3 totally different designs.

Look at the Epic 4G, the EVO 4G, the Droid X, the Droid 3, the Galaxy S, Mytouch, Photon, Charge, Motorola Flip Out, Droid Pro, etc

The Photon, Flip Out and Charge are borderline unique with their designs.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 06:10

21. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


First, i'm not a android fan, as you can see on my profile picture !
Second, there are lots of different designs you can have on a Android phone, in difference to WP7 and IOS.
Bada, for example have different phones that look different (expet the wave and wave 2, they look really similar).
Check outwww.bada.com and look under devices.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 08:30 1

10. RemmyZero (unregistered)


i don't really think that's an elongated home button. if you take the digitizer off and turn it over that's exactly what the front glass panels look like underneath (there is a metal retainer under the home button to make up the circuit. Also, the fact that you can see the connector ribbon in the photo means it's turned over, so unfortunately these photos can't really confirm or deny a different home button.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 23:31 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i dont know enough to know if ur full of it or not, but if you are at least its a a well thought out line of BS.. lol. :)

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