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Production of 6th generation Apple iPhone rumored to start with a change in back

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Production of 6th generation Apple iPhone rumored to start with a change in back
Production of the 6th generation Apple iPhone has started according to reports based on Chinese sources. According to these "insiders," there are some design changes involved in the production. Glass has been added to the uni-body back of the next iteration of Apple's iconic smartphone, which is being called the Apple iPhone 5 by these knowledgeable sources.

While some reports had called for a uni-body casing for the Apple iPhone, the model being produced will include an inlaid piece of glass between the top and bottom edges. That will replace the original design of a plain aluminum surface on the back of the handset. The current Apple iPhone 4S and the Apple iPhone 4 are both like a sandwich with Gorilla Glass covering the front and back of the models. The new design has a backplate that will be only partially covered by the glass material. Speculation has the change being made due to an increase in the display size to 4 inches and a change in the aspect ratio to 16:9.

The microphone hole between the camera in an earlier picture (top) is not seen in the newest photo of what is alleged to be the next Apple iPhone chassis

The microphone hole between the camera in an earlier picture (top) is not seen in the newest photo of what is alleged to be the next Apple iPhone chassis

The latest pictures of what is claimed to be the chassis of the new iPhone appears to be missing a small hole between the camera and the LED flash which some believe is being used a microphone for video. Sources say the hole is still there, but is too small to be seen with the naked eye. The hole can also be seen on leaked photos of what is claimed to be samples of  the engineering mold

The sixth generation Apple iPhone is expected to launch in late September or early October. There is thought that Apple wants to release the phone as early in September as it can in order to have the phone ship during Apple's fiscal fourth quarter which ends in September. Last year's launch of the Apple iPhone 4S in October forced the Cupertino based firm to account for the launch of the phone in the first fiscal quarter of the current fiscal year. This led to an unexpected shortfall in earnings for the fiscal third quarter which momentarily stunned Apple's stockholders.

source:Macotakara (translated) via AppleInsider

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posted on 14 Jul 2012, 22:47 42

1. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Really wanna see apple do good but with androids potential rising and rising its really hard for me to ever consider an apple product...

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 22:56 38

2. imkyle (Posts: 1076; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Agree. Jellybean is fantastic on a device that is over 6 months old. So fluid.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 23:04 28

4. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Very true, I put Jelly Bean on my GNex last night and was amazed

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 00:01 10

12. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


sorry dude, I know I'm about to upset 97.5% of the users on this site, but I really don't think JellyBean is as great of an update as people are making it out to be. iO6 is a 'meh' update. Jellybean is most definitely a better update, but I still feel its in that 'meh' category.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 00:43 9

23. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


reasonable, but how so..elaborate more, what is it missing to make to keep it in the "meh" category?

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 01:30 11

25. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


please elaborate on how it's a meh update?

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 03:24 5

30. MeoCao (unregistered)


Haha, there's revolutionary 'Don't disturb" mode and Siri's high tech "universal" answer: "I don't understand ..., shall I search the web (read: do Google search) for u".

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 16:31 2

56. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


If someone was to ask me if they should buy a phone without Ice Cream Sandwich on the device, I would say no don't do it. But if someone wanted to buy a phone without Jellybean, I'd say go right ahead.

Really the only improvement I would look forward to is the improved notification system, which I like a lot. Google Now I can't tell right now if its going to be a killer feature or one of those features that will die real soon. I think most of the excitement for this feature stems from the fact that most of you think its better than Siri. And I have mixed feelings about "project butter." I feel as if this was loooong overdue. Just like you Android folk don't think iPhone users should be happy about features/improvements that should have been incorporated long ago, I have to say the same for "project butter." Where the hell has Google been? They probably didn't update this sooner because every time an Android user buys a new Android device, they claim its the smoothest thing over w/ no lag at all. total bs

I don'tt think 4.1 is a bad update (any update at all is welcome), I just think its meh. Any more questions?

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 20:09

62. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


aaa did you see the fluidity that jellybean brings??? the speed increase is amazing man....Jellly bean is definitely worth upgrading too over ICS..

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 05:54 5

35. smartphonemad (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


It increases the framerate across the OS, adds google now and makes notifications handier.. they are only three improvements but they are great improvements not to be classified as "meh"

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 18:42 1

58. boovish (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


Oh you mean the notifications that were stolen from webOS? Or the "revolutionary" project butter that Apple already had for years? Or the voice command system that is Siri with a different UI? Or the fact that android handsets are over hyped? Or that Phablets are stupid? Or that Samsung has horrible ideas? Answer that fanboy

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 19:11 2

59. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"Oh you mean the notifications that were stolen from webOS?"

Android always had them. But you can't say they stole the specific web os style ones when the guy who made them for webOS works for google now.

" Or the "revolutionary" project butter that Apple already had for years?"

It's still a nice feature for Android.

"Or the voice command system that is Siri with a different UI?"

Neither of them invented it so another moot point.

"Or the fact that android handsets are over hyped?"

Sounds like a Daniel Dilger argument from 2010 when he said the android hype would die that year and iOS would take over. He's been wrong on so many fronts.

"Or that Phablets are stupid?"

Why? 6-9 Million sold isn't a failure whatsoever.

"Or that Samsung has horrible ideas?"

Liiikkkkkeee????????????

Balls in your court "fanboy"

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 22:44

78. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


have you considered that the iphone is even more overhyped?
have you realized that 3.5 inches is considered small?
or you mean the apple notifications that were stolen from android?
"horrible" and "stupid" are subjective. explain your faulty logic
siri is stupid. it has no practical functionality except for hiding bodies(trust me. my brother has one)
you realize that google had voice commands before siri
you realize that siri was bought by apple so it wasn't apple's idea?

answer that fanboy

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 22:20 2

64. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have JB transitions, sounds, animation, font, Google Now, and the JB Google Music app on my Droid Razr .215....looks great.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 15:47 1

71. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


How can people consider and overhaul in the maps application to bring turn by turn navigation, passbook feature that offers a lot of the same features as Google Now, improved Siri voice commands, and other features to be sooooo bad an then you get an improved notification system, google now, and less lag to be so amazing?

If iMaps is stupid not because it isn't a good feature but because Google had it long ago, then why aren't we saying the same for project butter and features like better autocorrect (which by the way sucked on the GSIII)? The truth is that both of these updates bring very similar features and also bring each OS up to speed with the other (quite literally w/ project butter).

So why does one suck and the other doesn't? I think fanboyism is the answer.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 23:02 23

3. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


I think that if Apple allowed the customization, multitasking and widgets that Android offered, they'd have a better product. They already have a great ecosystem with iTunes.

But the problem is that they're stuck in their ways like RIM and Nokia. The only difference is that Apple really knows how to sell a product and make people want something just for it's name alone.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 23:05 6

5. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


well regardless if apple isnt in the lead at the moment, it doesnt change the fact that there are millions of apple fans out there waiting for the release of this phone...Samsung knows all to well what is going to happen when this phone gets released thats why they are doing everything they can to maintain the lead now!!

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 23:25 7

7. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


millions of happy Apple fans if I may add....

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 23:28 2

8. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


hahahaha.... gotta respect there happiness too

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 00:07 6

14. MeoCao (unregistered)


Apple is doing great in customers' satisfaction, but I do hope they will not rely on the past too much. iOS6 is big disappointment and removing Google map is a step backward. Another bad thing is they impose restriction on Chrome and other apps they say "duplicate" iOS features. That stiffles the competition and less value to the users.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 12:16 1

48. amish1512 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


removing Google map is not a step backward, if u know or not but google decided to upgrade their maps in android first and after a year upgrade in any other os so apple had to remove it cuz they cant wait that long

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 23:44 6

9. MeoCao (unregistered)


Apple's strategy is always save money on hardware so their OS must be light to allow fluidity. That's why iOS lacks many features of Android and is still essentially unchanged since Steve Jobs.

If iOS tries to match Android it will be a huge upgrade that leaves old devices incompatible just like WP8, and profit margin of iDevices will be cut substantially.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 23:56 3

11. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ya know i never looked at it like that...Apple is actually tied or bound to its predecessors and like you said if it where to change to much it would be incompatible... Wow kinda sucks for them but once again it doesnt change the fact that people are still gonna buy it...SO thats where they are safe but in the near future things might get rough for them...

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 00:21 6

17. MeoCao (unregistered)


Overall Apple's ecosystem is still better than Android, but recently Android has made some huge leaps forward and when JB is adopted and Google efforts in improving apps' quality with the new SDK are materialized Android will have the edge.

But even now with ICS high end Androids sales can match iPhone. And with N7 Android tablets will take off. Competition is always good for consumers.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 00:34 8

19. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Google has been making efforts to improve the quality of its application store for the longest time, and I've yet to see the improvements.

When I had the SGIII (yes already returned, lol) I was really disappointed to see how bad the application store was in terms of quality. 3/3 of the games I downloaded were a bust. I tried downloading the gameloft soccer game and it said it wasn't compatible with my device. I downloaded the Fifa soccer game and it looked really crappy compared to the iOS version. Instead of utilizing the SGIIIs large screen to see more of the field, they just magnified the iOS6 version to fit the screen and it looked bad. And cut the rope was suprisingly disappoitning too, because the images and colors were so dull and saturated.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 00:36

20. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


sounds like a bad experience bro...

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 16:04

74. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


it was a bad experience....my point exactly

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 11:49 1

47. superguy (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


That sounds more like lazy development rather than Android's fault.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 15:57

72. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


In the end, those lazy developers make Android look bad. ANDROID applications are part of the whole experience of owning an ANDROID device. Wouldn't you agree?

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 22:22

65. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I highly doubt you are speaking the truth - I have several games for my Cappy and Droid RAZR, and they look great to me. Madden, Call of Duty clone, Assasin's Creed, and a bunch of other emulator games.

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