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iPhone 5S design unchanged, will have gravity-defying properties

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iPhone 5S design unchanged, will have gravity-defying properties
How's an iPhone 5S leak to start the new week with? This one reportedly comes courtesy of an anonymous factory worker who somehow managed to take a photo of a pre-production unit and then post it on a Chinese microblogging site. The image in question, now taken down along with the tipster's account, reveals not only the smartphone's design, but also its mysterious "killer feature" that we heard about a few weeks ago.

Apparently, Apple has developed some new kind of technology that allows the iPhone to hover above flat surfaces. The feature appears to have evolved from this "airbag" concept that is thoroughly described in an Apple patent from 2010. As far as we can tell, the purpose of all this is to protect the iPhone's aluminum body from scratches by ensuring that it does not come in contact with the surface it is placed on. Additionally, it might be able to prevent physical damage in case the handset is dropped.

Leaked iPhone 5S photo

Leaked iPhone 5S photo

According to the tipster, this new feature will be called iFloat and will debut on the iPhone 5S. It won't be available on the cheaper iPhone model, however, presumably to keep its cost down. Sadly, he also mentions that third-party iPhone cases, or at least the ones available on the market today, will most likely not be compatible with iFloat. The lineup of iPhone cases that Apple will launch along the iPhone 5S, on the other hand, will play along well with the new feature.

The iPhone 5S is expected to be officially announced in June of this year, followed by a cheaper iPhone model, the name of which hasn't yet leaked on the web.

As many of you figured out, this was an April Fools' joke. Most of the statements above were made up while the photo was actually taken in our studio. 

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posted on 01 Apr 2013, 02:41 17

1. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Do you really think that the iPhone 5S was going to have an all-new design?

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 02:46

4. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Dang-it!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 03:20 9

11. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


No, im afraid that's not going to happen. they are going to stick with the current design. Just upgrade the camera to 13 MP i suppose.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:35 11

21. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


You can pollish a turd all you want but its still a turd

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 09:52 8

37. schinnak (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


All they had to say was - the next iphone will have a "new" design. That by itself would have been the best April Fool joke.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 02:42 40

2. Syksyd (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


LMAO.....nice April Fools joke.....im sure some idiot will belive this..lol

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 02:46 6

3. lumia920 (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


in case if it wasn't a joke then what about you???

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:38 4

22. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Wow can I sell you the golden gat bridge I own it. If there was this tech it would have came out on other products before a phone (I am still waiting for that skate board frome back to the future).

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 17:00

43. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


and in case it was true then why they don't just make the aluminium anti scratch

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:12

17. lyndon420 (Posts: 1716; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


That was a no-brainer. I was expecting someone like Mxyzpt*k to come along and scream 'innovation', but you may have bagged an iWPuser instead.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:14

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5617; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yup, we weren't even into the first day of April, and the jokes were coming fast and furious. iFloat is but one of many, with more likely to come.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 02:47 19

5. iammobilechris01 (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


iPhone is boring, was cool in 2007. Android is the best choice!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 06:11 3

29. quakan (Posts: 1159; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Great April Fools joke!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 06:55 1

32. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oops, you need to make it fairer. :)

*CORRECTION*
iPhone is boring, was cool in 2007. Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry is the best choice!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 18:34 2

44. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


I really don't understand the amount of hate on Apple on this website?!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:23

47. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Just ignore it, probably cr@pple fanboys.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:23

48. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


No, I'm asking why people HATE Apple so much? your answer makes no sense.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 06:17

50. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Because they are GREEDY AND EVIL, NO INNOVATION, ONLY SUE SUE SUE!! :(

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 23:28

51. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Sure, but can't people think about the good things of Apple? Oh what am i saying.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 02:48 14

6. Nimit_Desai (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Happy April fools day folks.....and if ifloat is true...the fandroids can say.." icrap can fly "...

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:08 6

15. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


flying s**t...damn if pidgeon s**t wasnt enough

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 02:48 2

7. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Waiting for tomorrow to come fast.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 02:52 2

8. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


great IF TRUE :D, but myt just be an april gimmick
but if TRUE
its really goin to be very very very difficult for galaxy s4 this time :)
this ip5 feature myt be somewhat not a dealbreaker for us android lovers, but iphone fans and other techkiddies will warmly accept and giggle w/ this feature :)
samsung carefully prepare ur note3, pls freshen up touchwiz more, make it more elegant or have two kinds of touchwiz skin to load> cartoonish and elegant..haha dreaming :) build ur polycarbonate like one x and lumias, but dont use aluminum if u dont have this airbag tsutsu, dont use glass if not sapphire lols

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 03:09 9

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Float on flat surface?
My flat ass!!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 03:14 1

10. ngyixian96 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


what the heck of killer feature is that ?
Or just apple don't have time to make some pranks video and release this kind of prank news ?!?!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 03:40 3

12. tmcr7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Happy April Fools! :))

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 03:44 1

13. iammobilechris01 (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


iPhone is boring... was cool in 07 when released. Android is where its at! with innovation and market share.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 03:51

14. jove39 (Posts: 1265; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


What is this patent for iFloat? Just curious...want to read about it!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:09

16. Andrewtst (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


No news today is real! lol

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:15 1

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


April fools

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 05:21

25. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


EVERYONE™

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 16:13

41. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Gravity defying! Yeah rite lmao!!!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:32

20. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


but i read before(somwhre march) the patents abt this, so maybe this isnt part of the april fools tsutsu haha

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:49

23. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Its 1st April!!!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 05:19

24. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


If this even comes to fruition how the f*ck can you put it in your pocket!?

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 05:45

26. magnanimus (Posts: 274; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Nice April fool's joke. Some dolts might actually believe an aniti-gravity mechanism exists

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 05:51

27. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Wow, they really prepare for their fall. Good for them.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 06:03

28. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 249; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


got me...

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 06:15

30. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 147; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Gotta admit, very convincing writing.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 06:53

31. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Change the design Apple! I don't want to see another circle"ish" physical home button again!

iFloat? USELESS!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 07:48 1

33. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


It's April fool man :P it's funny though. But I do want to see that technology so if my phone drops, it'll never hit the ground

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 07:56

34. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


lol :) Of course I know this is a April fool joke. But the iFloat is just useless don't you think? I don't even know how it can fit my pocket.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 09:34

35. bubbadoes (Posts: 326; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Wow factor at it's best...other than A7, nothing more than just the same ole phone from 2007

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 10:16

39. phonemonkey (Posts: 162; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


yeah and millions will still buy the same ole phone because people still love it
GROW UP

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 16:31

42. bubbadoes (Posts: 326; Member since: 03 May 2012)


And u r one of the fools tp buy it just to be in or at least think u r in

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 09:42

36. NateAdam8 (Posts: 185; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


A new design I can see but hovering is a load of s**t

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 09:58

38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6263; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


APRIL FOOLS and yet it still looks the same lmao

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 12:53

40. JDCohen722 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 May 2011)


This must be a April Fools Joke!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 20:52

45. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 914; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


my lumia 920 can do that i just download the app

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 21:23

46. Rager722 (Posts: 126; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


This is an April Fools joke isnt it?

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 03:57

49. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 914; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


yeah -_-

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