Possible images of iPhone 5 design leaks
The images show what appears to be a larger screen that extends further towards the sides of the phone than any of the previous models. You can see that the bezel around the screen is thinner than before and these details fit the supposed leaked parts of the front bezel from last week.
Manufactures sometimes get their hands on what is called mold drawings in order to get cases ready for the time of a new device’s launch. Here is what iDealsChina had to say about these images:
We just got what appears to be mold engineering drawings for iPhone 5. These would be used by case designers to create plastic, TPU, aluminum, silicone and leather cases. A while back we hear rumors that iPhone 5 would have a curved back but these images show iPhone 5 with the same form factor as iPhone 4 but with an edge to edge screen.
Of course you should take these images with a grain of salt as anybody with some moderate skills could have doctored them up. However, it is possible that these images are accurate as has been the case a few times in the past. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
source: MacRumors via Redmond Pie
1. Sniggly (Posts: 6197; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
*Notes virtually no change from the basic design of every iPhone ever*
Yep, yep, it's probably authentic. Typical Apple innovation. I'd believe it.
*snark snark snark*
51. Lucas777 (Posts: 2115; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
uh r u retarted cause when i look at the iphone 2g, i think it looks pretty different from an iphone 4, but thats just me...
2. iMan (unregistered)
Looks strong. Hope they will add more features in it
3. Sace (unregistered)
What you expect from a minimalist design?
Typical Apple innovation.
Less is more.
4. Sniggly (Posts: 6197; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You're right. It is minimalist, including minimal innovation, minimal variation, minimal customization, and minimal phone reception.
They could at least TRY to come up with something different looking from their norm.
6. clevername (Posts: 1379; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
iPhones get great reception...when the network allows it. Att has bigger the iPhone down.
17. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
put 35 million iPhone's on any network and see what happens, if you ask me ATT has done very well keeping up on the network.
5. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Just another flop. Each generation just gets further behind.
19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
The Bulgarian douchebag strikes again. A flop is one of the most advanced and best selling smartphones on the market. Get a life loser.
22. speakdatruth (Posts: 24; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
hey taco you get a life an iphone is for simple minded people, people like you that like to be told what to do. I guess you gotta keep things simple for idiots like you.
DANCE APPLE PUPPETS DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
35. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)
hey, some assclown hippies from the 60's called, they want you to get your own god damn mindset and opinion.
stick it to the man speakdatruth!
52. Lucas777 (Posts: 2115; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
anyways there is more customization in cydia then on any android phone...
24. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
This guy, right here, must be some kind of crazy. Granted, it is the best selling smartphone on the market. Then again, anyone can sell a product that only has two working features: app store (to get your money) and internet (to get your money).
Maybe, just maybe, you have heard of these new, crazy contraptions call Android phones? You know, the ones that make phone calls, doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and allows you to make your phone reflect yourself, rather than having to reflect your phone? Because the open source has been far more revolutionary than the iPhone has been in recent years.
34. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)
Ive heard of those. They are the ones that decide when to work and when not to. There are so many undistinguishable models and are so mass produced, they resemble a bad case of diahrrea after a night at Taco Bell.
36. Owlet (Posts: 444; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
You are right about that, taco will give you diahrrea!
BTW, I guess I'm extremely lucky, my android never decided not to work. And never gave me diahrrea unlike taco.
41. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Android phones are ok if you don't mind a phone that freezes up all the time and a touchscreen that doesn't respond well.
43. rfrapp (Posts: 73; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)
Have you even tried an android phone sir? I doubt it beaner
45. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I have and I'm not impressed by their inaccurate touch screens or cheap designs. They're ok phones but there's obviously a reason so many people pick iPhone. It's still the best.
44. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
What exactly is so open? Widgets, wallpaper, or an app store where any shitty app gets accepted? Wallpaper is for kids, widgets don't add any functionality. I'll pass on badly designed apps and malware. Thanks.
53. Lucas777 (Posts: 2115; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
I agree.. half the market is wallpapers and pointless apps... it is almost impossible to find good ones
8. ralphyd (unregistered)
I don't get how you have an entire year to come up with ONE new phone and you don't even change the design of it. How many phones do htc and motorola come out with a year. I think it's pathetic. If you're going to release a product on an annual basis it should be something that is completely innovative both specs wise and design wise. Sadly, if this is the design of the new iphone it will still sell like hotcakes.
9. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
It's called economies of scale, folks. If they can make minimal changes from the iphone 4 to 5, they save on parts, reduce costs and maximize profits. As for the overall design being similar, that's been Apple's plan for the iPhone since day one. It's instantly recognizable as the iPhone.
15. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
HTC makes a lot of phones within a year that resembles one another....
10. ryq (unregistered)
with so many people that keep bashing iphone, steve jobs must be hurt and is crying all the way to the bank.
25. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Yeah, probably. But he saves so much money by not having to pay any engineers or code writers to change anything. Just make one phone, and call it "new" every year. It saves money, and keeps the money flowing.
But, hey, maybe im the only one that likes innovation.
12. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
If these are engineering designs intended for case manufacturers, it's not a black button on a white phone. They're blacking out parts that must remain exposed.
13. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
If these drawings and my rough calculations are correct, Apple is (finally) bringing the iPhone in line with the screen size of current and future Android devices. By reducing the bezel and changing from a 3:2 aspect to a more modern 5:3 (used by everyone except Motorola), they'll be able to wedge a 3.9" screen without changing the size of the device:
3.54", 960 x 640 = 326 ppi
3.94", 1100 x 660 = 326 ppi
I may be alone in caring about this, but I think the gains they've made in screen resolution are pretty impressive.
14. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
Good calculations. I agree with your hypothesis and I too am impressed with the screen resolution. However, one glaring design flaw is the edge to edge screen that will be extremely difficult to use with a case.
I can see it now, there will be an outcry about how customers can't touch the edges when using a case, and Steve Jobs, assuming he is alive, will say..."You're casing it wrong!"
16. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I don't think they're really reducing the bezel as much as the drawings suggest - a gain of 20 pixels will only increase the screen width by 1-2 mm.
40. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
They see me trollin'...they hatin'... Thanks for feeding the troll speakdatruth. U da man!
18. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
we all know the way Apple is, iPhone 5 will be a refresh of iPhone 4, just specked up like iPhone 3G and 3GS.. iPhone 6 will be the one to look out for. don't get me wrong I love my iPhone 4 but I don't know what else they could put in 5-6 to do any more to the device. they are running out of software improvements to do with the phone, they need to look at what everyone else is doing, otherwise iOS will just become the next bloated WM 6.0.
26. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Man, they have you so trained that you are willing to wait for iPhone 6 to see any innovation?
Strangely, i feel no pity.
31. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
I'm not waiting for 6 I'm just saying that is when the new design will come out. just comminting on the story, they would have to do a huge overhaul to get me to buy another.
46. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
What innovation is android coming out with other than copying iOS?
20. brett012405 (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Mar 2011)
I understand everything that everyone is saying on here. I have an iphone 4 and I've loved the phone ever since I got it the first day it came out. I have been considering getting the new Motorola Atrix 4g and getting away from the iphone because I do like the Android operating system and I do want to try out the new dual core Tegra processor.
I agree Apple needs to step it up in order to keep pace with HTC and Motorola. But I do have to say that a LOT of the people that have iphones love them BECAUSE of their simplistic design and ease of use. The Android OS does need work though, dont get me wrong they have came a long way from the original Android OS, but there is still a lot to work on.
29. Whateverman (Posts: 3064; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I was with you up until you said that the Android OS needs work. I don't know what it is that iOS users think that Android needs to work on, the OS is just about perfect. You can customize it, make your own apps, change it's performance, it has a variety of phones, manufacturers, form factors, sizes, chipsets and carriers to choose from. Some iOS users usually point to force closes as a serious problem, but I find that updating your apps when there is a new update solves all of that.
My sister, an iP4 owner, keeps asking why I would own several Apple products but opted for the Android over the iphone. At first I said nothing because i didn't want to rain on her parade. But she kept asking so I just showed her all the things I could do on my phone that she couldn't do. The live wallpaper, the flash games, the widgets, all the free apps. But she really got pissed when I took a phone call on my Droid in her condo where her iphone never worked. She doesn't ask me anymore.
32. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
I agree, as a iPhone user myself Android is very cool, but it's too fragmented. once they can work out getting all apps to work 100% on all versions of the software then it will be the best out. I also think they should do more to prevent viruses and such. but until then I will continue with my iOS.
37. Whateverman (Posts: 3064; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Even the virus issue I think is all about the user. If I see a wallpaper that wants to have access to my contacts, I don't download it because I know its not just wallpaper. If something gets by me, that's what the anti-virus is for. I don't want my OS or the manufacturers to think for me, I just want my phone to do what I want it to do. And as much as I love my iPad, I get sick to my stomach looking at the same blocks day in and day out sometimes. I guess what what I would like to see is for Apple to smarten up an iphone. Maybe a more feature rich version of iOS for customers to choose from. Keep the simple version for those looking for simplicity and offer a more tricked out version for those who can handle adding a widget to a homescreen. This way, Android isn't my only option, because iOS is the only other OS that offers a good user experience IMO. I just think Apple could do more with their already top notch UI.
47. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Spoke like a true fanboy. Android is perfect? So I guess we don't need any more sw updates for it, but Apple isn't innovating unless they reinvent the wheel every year. Wow.
49. Whateverman (Posts: 3064; Member since: 17 May 2009)
First off, I said its just about perfect. I didn't say it was perfect. And no, I don't need any more updates because my DX works great and I actually know how to use it, so no complaints from me.
Second, I never said they need to reinvent anything. What I said is they should do more. I don't think they have to reinvent anything to add widgets. My Mac has widgets, why can iOS? And who said they weren't innovative? Is customization, widgets, removable battery, 4 inch display, flash or reception too much to ask?
50. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
All the things you listed is not an I can't. Apple's strategy is not to include those things. They keep widgets out to improve battery life. All their products are unibody now without removable batteries. Steve Jobs has made it clear he chooses not to include flash. Reception is about AT&T and not Apple. Apple chooses to forego some things for a better user experience. So far I'd say it's working based on their sales numbers. For people that don't like it it's an easy choice. Buy something else. I just don't understand why if youre not interested in Apple products you feel the need to constantly comment on their stories.
54. Whateverman (Posts: 3064; Member since: 17 May 2009)
You apparently didn't read my first post where I said I had several idevices in my home. I would love to add the iphone to my collection, but I went with the Droid because it works better for me. I don't like the restrictions, but I never said it was a bad phone. SJ can make whatever justification he wants for not adding the simplist features all he wants, after all removable battery isn't a deal breaker. But all the little things added together are a deal breaker. I get a day and a half on my DX with widgets and live wallpaper, so why can't Apple do it?
21. speakdatruth (Posts: 24; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Looks like another piece of shit iphone
27. iphonefatboyi (unregistered)
I put my apple production on the line that the next iphone come out will not be next gen. iphone5, it will probably a better specs ip4. call ip4gs or some shity.
Otherwise i'll burn all the product i have with apple and post a youtube video of it.
"It will Be MAGICAL"
28. joey18 (Posts: 486; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
is bieng alot rumors i hope the next iphone can do facetime 3g or 4g network. so is the same iphone 4 no body is going to get it bcs u only need. to make upgrade your old iphone and keep the new sofware. thas simple ..... but i blv the next iphone is going to look like the new ipaq2 thinnez and better antenna
30. MCS 67 (unregistered)
4G, CDMA & GSM , Multiple Colors and Gorilla Glass, Please!
39. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Would you like real 4G or marketing-grade HSPA+ 4G?
48. p0rkguy (Posts: 671; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
3G was limited when the iPhone 3G first came out.
I'm guessing you weren't around back then to actually realize it though or you just refuse to believe it because it's Apple.
Now the question is, would you like new options? or would you like to be limited to what Apple allows you to have?
You might as well ask your mother about your favorite cereal too because clearly you don't have the options.
33. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
the only thing it gets me mad is, its not lte or wimax enabled probably hspa+ but with at&t hspa+ ill pass D;
55. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
At this point in the game there is no reason to even consider an iP5. why even wait? we all know it is just going to be a minor refresh to the iP4, with no LTE support. Apple likes to be thorough and since pretty much everyone's 4G is spotty at best (fuck you T-Mobile...your 3G is terrible so how is your 4G supposedly the greatest?) i seriously doubt that Apple is jumping on the LTE train this time around. Apple is never known to be the first to do something but they rather wait until the dust has settled and the foundation is a little more sound. wait on people, i'm going with the iP4. i'll put my stock on the next iteration of the iP beyond iP5 when LTE is more realized or maybe WP7 will be more polished & app-ready. Android...been there, done that...i need a new toy.
57. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
"(fuck you T-Mobile...your 3G is terrible so how is your 4G supposedly the greatest?)" cough* what? YOu must be joking unless ur only talking about ur area's coverage because im doing very great in mine.
56. Who cares (unregistered)
Why is it that if we just put up a title saying "leaked iphone 5 photos" we assume and thats a huge assume that this is the end all be all of any product out there to be 100 percent true. First off they already said their getting rid of the home screen button. Case and point automatically its not the phone two its white not black hooray options on colors. I promise Iphone 5 will be fuckin sweet and any and all android phones can go start from scratch to catch back up!!!!
58. IOS5 (unregistered)
Android phones battery eater, worst camera, worst audio, worst Apps etc...