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Apple iPhone 5 to have new casing and 4 inch screen
According to an unnamed source at Foxconn who spoke with 9to5Mac, production of the Apple iPhone 5 is gearing up. Various prototypes of the next-gen Apple iPhone have been circulating and they all have in common a design that would mean a larger 4 inch display for the model One of the prototypes' 4 inch screen was made by Korean based LG. The shape of the phone will not be tear-shaped as was the overwhelming expectations prior to the launch of the iPhone 4S. Samples have been symmetrical in shape besides being longer and wider. None of the prototypes has the form factor of the Apple iPhone 4/4S.

If you're wondering how reliable 9to5Mac's source is, this tipster was dead on last year in saying that there would be no Apple iPhone 5 when everyone else was saying that the iPhone 5 was a layup. So when this source says that the information points to Apple getting back on track for its usual summer launch pattern that was broken last year, perhaps we should listen.

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:11 3

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5488; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i thought the tear shape was smexy though! :/

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:26 31

2. Council (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


It can never beat the Galaxy S3:

1) 1.5 to 2 GIGA HERTZ QUAD CORE PROCESSOR
2) 2 GIGA BYTES OF RAM
3) Screen : SUPER AMOLED 3 WITH PPI OF 352
4) 10 TO 12 MEGA PIXEL CAMERA
5) TOUCH-WIZ 5.0 (ON ICS) DEVELOPED WITH THE HELP OF GOOGLE.
6) LIGHT WEIGHT AND UNIQUE, PREMIUM CONSTRUCTION.

Extreme specs, even better than my old laptop. The display will be the one to look out for, closer to real life!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:37 6

5. Dr.Phil (Posts: 821; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


What source says this? I am sure the GSIII will be a great phone and I will probably end up wanting it, but I have yet to see a reliable source say that it will pack those things. It is all speculation at this point unless there is a credible (note the word credible) source.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:14 14

11. Council (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


Well, Dr.Phils, its actually speculation(S3) vs. speculation(iphn). S3 is a lot better even while speculating.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:22 7

17. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


What is a Galaxy S3?

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 06:13 2

23. SleepingOz (Posts: 2487; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


c'mon, is that all you can do? how lame!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:46 4

6. HTCOE (Posts: 344; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


i agree with Dr. Phil bc your way ahead of yourself with big hopes for what you expect in the galaxy s3 bc none of what you said are facts just speculations ... and i honestly believe the Samsung Galaxy Nexus S will be the best phone from Samsung even better than the s3

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:31 3

13. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Connection:
LTE
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
WIFI

Camera:
12MP
Dual LED
Xenon Flash

Screen: HD, no bigger than 4.3"
Processor: Quad Core
Memory: 64GB
Battery: 3300mAH minimum

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 06:05 2

22. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Lol...GS3 is not even released. These are all rumors, maybe at the end we won't have a GS3 and have a G(Enters a catchy name).

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 09:33 3

29. McLTE (Posts: 622; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The thing is.. the iPhone 5 doesn't have to beat the GSIII or any other phone.

Look a the 4s.. not much of an upgrade and it's sold in unbelievable numbers.

The iPhone 5, will probably dominate everything, regardless of specs.. just the way the market is right now. Apple has such a fairy tale hold on their consumers right now that they almost can't go wrong.. kudo's to them really, for creating such a following.

And this is coming from and ANDROID guy! I love android and will NEVER buy an iPhone.. but the reality is that nobody can touch the iPhone sales right now.

The benefit to all is this pushes Android, WP and everyone else to try harder.. which is leading to phones like the GSIII! I'm really looking forward to seeing it!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:41

34. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


It's sold well, but there's also been a high return rate; many folks were holding on to their iPhone 3G and 3GS hoping for a major update or just a replacement for a worn-out model, and found that the UX wasn't much of an improvement. Those that wanted another iphone got it, and those that wanted a UX improvement tried it, returned it, and got something else.
The next generation iphone really needs to be a heck of a step up; the product hasn't been "innovative" since the 3G came out, it's losing market share, Nokia is in the game with a huge marketing budget for its very appealing Lumia series, and iphone users are getting bored with the platform. A notification bar and a highly flawed "virtual assistant" are not ways to keep a platform fresh.

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 20:07 1

45. jzack (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


Who cares? Apple still the best. Wondering why?

I used to have 1.5Ghz android device with touchscreen even on the fastest android custom rom yet. but still it cant run unreal engine games. but my apple ipod touch 600mhz with 265 ram can run unreal engine game. an extreme graphic games on 600mhz + 265 ram device. but the game can't even run on 1.5 GHZ + 512 ram android device.

Other than that, when same game run by those 2 device (android - 1.5ghz + 512 ram and apple - 600mhz + 216 ram). But ipod runs so much smoother than the 1.5 ghz device. WTH?

So now i don't care what people are going to say about the superb and extreme difference between their dream device and my apple device. because deep down i know that their device are just a low class device

APPLE PWNS!!!!!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:31 3

3. oueighteen95 (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


I love this, 4 INCHES, I know some people hate large screens but c'mon, couldn't they have done 4.5". Maybe I'm being too critical but I just think apple should pull out all the stops for the iPhone 5 because I know all the new Androids this summer are going to be crazy.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:51 5

7. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Yes, android oem's went crazy overboard, while the iphone was more reserved. But look at the sales results. The iphone still outsold all the latest android devices combined. And again, considering that Apple did not go all out, this gives the iphone plenty of room for improvement on specs that consumers can look forward to and keep them excited, while android phones have pretty much peaked on specs. What's left for consumers to expect for android devices? A 16 megapixel camera? A 6-inch display? There's no tech yet after LTE. And if there is, carriers have barely started to widely support LTE, so even if there is already a better tech than LTE, no carrier would support it yet, so they have pretty much nothing left to introduce in that aspect. The only thing worth noting that android oem's could introduce this year would be a quad core chip. Even that is questionable due to battery life challenges. So what's left for android to keep their users excited this year? NOTHING :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:06 4

9. oueighteen95 (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


I do agree iPhone sales went through the roof yet that can be explained by the my "3 person iPhone" law. But I disagree that there is nothing left for android. You do have the quad cores, you also have NFC, and although I don't see a 16MP this year I do see a 12MP with better components than last year and I also see bigger batteries. Look at the RAZR MAXX, 3300 mAh battery, if the quad cores drain happen to drain the battery they will just put bigger batteries. I do see LTE catching on very quickly for Verizon, they seem to be the only carrier to actually be upgrading their network quickly. So theres alot to keep android users excited for this year.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:22 3

12. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


As I have said. Quad core chips are still questionable on smartphones this year due to battery life challenges. They could barely keep dual core phones lasting a day, how much more with quad cores. If squeezing in a bigger battery would resolve battery life issue, android oem's could've already done it in 2011 to give better battery life on their dual core phones. Obviously, there's more to it than that. NFC is still quite young, and is still facing privacy and security concerns which hinder and resist its adoption. I can see NFC ironed out better in 2014, or 2013 the earliest. 12mp cameras on android phones is not something new. It's already out there in 2011, some even late 2010. And again, for LTE, android has been releasing LTE phones in 2011, so what's new if they released LTE phones again in 2012?

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:57 8

15. blackrose (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wrong quad core does not drain battery, it actually improves it. Get your facts right, and what's new. To me ICS

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:59 9

16. bloodline (Posts: 688; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Actually your wrong, quad core chips are extremely efficient in terms of battery power but you will find devices are going to start getting bigger battery's while maintaining a slim design.

Your claim android cant do anymore? what a joke... the real question is, what can the iphone release thats better than what android already offers. Its no surprise that apple play catch up when it comes to specs against androids.

I guess you havent seen the potential of bendable amoled screens, better battery consumption on screens - sonys upcoming ability to link all sony devices together and use your phone to control all of them.

Not to mention this is the first year all top android phones and tablets will be running the same OS, androids potential is now set and ready to evolve, you should really watch this space.

another big threat to both android and ios is windows, from what im hearing windows has the potential to be great.

the iphone will always sell well, their marketing is above the rest and everyone knows the name because it was the trend setter for smart phones and people stick with what they know.

You know what will hinder the iphone - its os. I already know people who are bored with the same style and there is nothing more they can really do with it. The trouble with creating a very simple closed ecosystem is that you run the risk of making it simplistically perfect and cannot improve it further because it may start to get to complex for the targeted market that apple have set

All apple can do is create more native apps like siri and to be honest an app is an app there will always be other versions on other devices and android will always try that bit harder to match

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 05:57 3

21. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Good one!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 07:33

25. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


brilliant post.
though i'm skeptical about the windows 8.
and also, i think we should recognize that iOS will be supreme tablet experience once they make a proper synergy with their MacOS.
but i doubt that will happen this year

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 17:11

38. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@blackrose and bloodline. Ok, let's say hypothetically that quad core would improve battery life instead of diminish it, so what else would be new for android phones that would greatly impact interest? It's not like dual core phones are turtles in speed.

Last year's single core, 5mp ip4 is still being pitted to dual core with 8 and 12mp android phones. Just shows that an iphone with a more conservative spec figures can still challenge android phones with over the top specs. Want proof. Look at the sales figures.

What android does, because it cannot compete with the iphone, is, as soon as new tech comes out, no matter how early and young it is, they would add it on right away, to make it seem like theynare ahead in tech. When really, they're just rushing techs in prematurely.

Bendable display? Yes, I bought a phone so I can bend it around, or so I can comfortably sit on it, lol. Even if my phone can bend, I still wouldn't sit on it.

That "all android devices will be running on the same os" notion will never happen. Good luck on that make believe.

Winmo is a threat to android, not to iOS. We're a cult remember? So we won't be abandoning our iphones for anything :)

Stop it already with iphone users are bored with their iphones. The user satisfaction survey clearly indicates that iphone users are very happy and are likely to keep their iphones.

The original will always rule. And the rest.....well.... they'll remain copycats :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:22 4

37. oueighteen95 (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


They are not questionable, and blackrose is right, they improve battery. Of course oem's could of put bigger batteries on phones for 2011, they could of done alot of things but they didn't, doesn't mean that they can't. NFC is gonna be on at least a third of the android phones this year, visa and the others are jumped on board last year. And yes 12mp has been on very few phones, we are gonna see more and more and more and more LTE, I didn't say it was new, I just said theres more to be excited about this year.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 17:17

39. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@oueighteen. Is that the best excuse you could come up with? That android oem's could've put in bigger batteries but they decided not to? Lol.

As for NFC. It doesn't matter if all major credit cards jump on it. If privacy and security remains a concern, the consumers will remain apprehensive about it.

If quad core and bending displays are all you have to offer, then how are those mindblowing and exciting? It's almost like, they're just rushing those in because they have nothing else to offer, lol.

Sorry, but android's growth has stagnated, and will deteriorate even when winmo gets more attention.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 20:19 1

42. LionStone (Posts: 436; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


No matter how hard you try, you can't blast the competition because it innovates. Just accept that Apple is finally catching up...lol. Oh and yea, my thunderbolt with its single core, 4.3" display on LTE is still whipping your 4s...lol...keep waiting.... ;)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:08 3

33. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


"Oh look! I´m so disappointed because my phone has the best current technology...

If I had an outdated phone I would be so happy to have something to look for..."

This must one of the stupidest comments I have ever read.

If this is the kind thought that goes through someone´s mind, I wouldn´t even bother to start a discussion with this person.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 17:21

40. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@dmann. What's disappointing is that, your android phone with the latest technology and that's supposed to be significantly better, is being beaten by last year's iphone model with conservative specs. Not just in sales, but in overall performance as well. Now that's disappointing.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 18:12 1

41. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5488; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you know i thought you were a better Troll than this gemini. guess i was wrong. :P

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 00:05

43. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I never said anything about Apple or Android in my post. Your logic is STUPID regardless of company or technology.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 12:26

32. bighandssmallpockets (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Right now Apple is the ONLY one making a smaller phone with top of the line specs. I think 4" is the limit for a truly pocket sized phone so I hope the bezel is not too big. That said I am still waiting for an android phone not too much bigger than my sad old eris!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:52 1

35. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I think you are contradicting yourself.
4" screen with a small bezel would be smaller than an iPhone. If the iphone aggressively utilzed the real estate on the front of the device, and got rid of the home button, it could have a large screen, almost 5" on the diagonal, with a minimal bezel, and keep the same overall dimensions of the existing product line.
As bezels get smaller, and screen sizes increase, the phones will remain pocketable. I'll grant that phones like the Dell Streak 5 and the Galaxy Note are on the upper thresholds of pocketability (though they are friendly to a medium-sized purse or any laptop bag), phones like the HTC Titan clearly illustrate that a large screen is attainable while still being pocketable, with the added benefit of a large screen to be able to fully enjoy movies, games, and other multimedia entertainment.
Compare the size of a phone with a 4.3" or larger screento a phone from a decade or so ago: they're slimmer, wider, and offer a larger screen, thus making it more pocketable as the overall dimensions and volume have decreased.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:01

36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5488; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


agreed with most of everything you said but another thing you have to count in is aspect ratio, not to mention all the developers with apps and games that only support 3.5" displays. i'd like to see a 4" iPhone myself but Apple may just see it as doing more bad than good.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:35

4. Dr.Phil (Posts: 821; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I'm sorry but I did kind of laugh when they said: "If you're wondering how reliable 9to5Mac's source is, this tipster was dead on last year in saying that there would be no Apple iPhone 5 when everyone else was saying that the iPhone 5 was a layup." I mean I know a pretty good handful of sources that predicted there wasn't going to be an iPhone 5 release this past fall. However, I do predict a 4 inch screen would be on the next iPhone. It is sort-of a giveaway.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:00

8. HTCOE (Posts: 344; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


Im looking forward to the -- Samsung Galaxy Nexus S X Apple iPhone 5 X Samsung Galaxy SIII X HTC (A considerable top of the line flagship ICS device)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:06 2

10. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


People should already have learned a thing or two by now on the iphone's release cycle. Just look back on how they did it the past 4 yrs. Iphone3 in 2008, then came iphone 3gs in 2009 with the same design with only a few but important upgrades. Then came the major redesigned iphone 4 in 2010. And then again in 2011, just like the iphone 3 to 3gs, the iphone 4s kept the iphone 4 design and included only a few notable upgrades.

Apple keeps the iphone's design for two years with minor upgrades on it's 2nd year, and then releases the next generation iphone on the 3rd year. Which means, the iphone5 would look discernably different from the ip4 and ip4s. Simple :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:46 5

14. bbblader (Posts: 537; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


apple iphone 7 with an integrated toilet

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:22 1

18. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


I'm 11 and what is this.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:37 1

19. Commentator (Posts: 2186; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


So this source was right about one thing before and it's a knock-dead deal? Forgive me for being skeptical, but one example doesn't necessarily indicate pristine journalistic integrity, and for the record, 9to5 Mac was still on the "iPhone 5 redesign" bandwagon at least as late as September 1st, 2011 (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apples-latest-Phot​o-Stream-beta-outs-iPhone-5-design_id21729). As much as this article does make sense, I think it's still way too early to be calling any leaked information concrete.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 04:16 2

20. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Hmm sounds a lot like the rumored 4S/5 from last year... hmm

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 07:23 1

24. Astreo (Posts: 98; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Arent the android fans always the ones criticising everyone for always expecting the next iphone to be even better than the previous? lol all im seeing is all of you also becoming sheep when a new droid phone is announched or even speculated at just like everyone else. S2 was released and i remember reading some comments along the line of "Hmm not bad but ill wait for the s3, that will be even better". in any case glad apple is moving to a 4" screen.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 08:23 2

27. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


apple dont know what they want to do im just a lil pissed that they brought out the same phone with a few added features and specs

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 08:01 1

26. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


i hate that when u see an article about the iphone people start talking about android... and when u see an article about android people start talking about iphone.... cmon people we like what we like. leave it alone.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 09:05

28. Astreo (Posts: 98; Member since: 05 May 2011)


its no use.its been attempted to make a truce of sorts but theres always someone that has to speak up. i totally agree, i could care less what the next iphone or android or even windows phone will be. the only thing that matters is if i will like it or not. i have both OS and they each have their flaws. but i have always found it so funny when the droid users call the iphone users sheep when they do the exact same thing lol.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:06 3

30. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


It would be nice if we could get this correct.

Original iPhone (2007 1st gen)
iPhone 3g (2008 2nd gen)
iPhone 3gs (2009 3rd gen)
iPhone 4 (2010 4th gen)
iPhone 4s (2011 5th gen)
and what comes after 5?.... 6 next iPhone will be iPhone 6 not 5. If I'm wrong I will eat my own hair.. If everyone can please stop calling it iPhone 5.. thank you *end rant* lol

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:33 1

31. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1476; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


It will still be called the 5, Apple isn't going to skip a number lol Most people dont even know the full line ie: calling the iPhone 4 the 4G haha :)

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 05:50

44. smartx84 (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


i left android 'coz its buggy..for an iphone...not really impressed w/it and i miss a lot of features/funcitonalities from android....fortunately, while galaxy nexus still suffers from bad battery, ics is a leap... now that samsung had said they were to build beautiful handsets with longer lasting battery, i most likely will be returning to android w/ samsung...

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 23:31

46. jeffhanson1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


There's a reason Steve Jobs planned a lawsuit against Samsung. He was paranoid by the worldwide Korean giant and saw them as the biggest threat to Apple iPhone and iPad.
Afterall, Samsung has the previously untouchable Japanese electronics giants against the ropes.

He saw Google as much the same ever since they developed the Android system. Any mention of Google around him was not a good idea.

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