Apple reportedly takes design cues for next-gen iPhones from the Apple iPhone 5c and iPod nano

Apple reportedly takes design cues for next-gen iPhones from the Apple iPhone 5c and iPod nano
A published report out of Japan on Tuesday says that Apple will be launching two iPhone models this year, one with a 4.7 inch screen and a phablet with a 5.7 inch display. But according to the report, these new iPhone models will have a new look that is being described as a cross between the Apple iPhone 5c and the seventh generation Apple iPod nano.

Despite using the iPhone 5c as a design cue, the larger screened Apple iPhone will be a high-end model, according to sources. The report did not say that the Apple iPhone phablet will come with the same polycarbonate back that adorns the Apple iPhone 5c, but pointed out instead that the 5.7 inch model takes some of its design from the latest version of the iPod nano. The latter is available in multiple colors like the iPhone 5c, although it uses an anodized aluminum back instead of plastic.

The new models feature the same rounded back as the Apple iPhone 5c and have the same volume and mute buttons as the ones employed by the mid-range iPhone model. In addition the speaker and microphone holes on the bottom of the handset will be similar to the speaker and mic holes used on the Apple iPhone 5c.

As far as dimensions go, the 5.7 inch Apple iPhone phablet is said to be 7mm thick, which is .5mm thinner than the Apple iPad Air tablet. But sources say that the final dimensions of the phone could show thickness of 7.5mm so that the rear camera won't protrude as much. This is exactly the same reason why Apple shifted from a 7mm thick casing for the Apple iPad Air to the final 7.5mm design.

With the next-gen iPhone models rumored to be taking some design cues from the Apple iPhone 5c, you can revisit Apple's mid-range model by checking out the slideshow below.

source: Macotakara (translated) via AppleInsider

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  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
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1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Yayyy we gonna get a 2.0 inch plastic iPhone! 'instead of going bigger, we decided that we should go smaller instead. With this new iPhone 6, it can fit right into your pocket without you even noticing it!'

5. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

This is hella funny, how did this come to mind??

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Only design..... not the size.

29. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Some people can't take jokes very well

15. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Wait wait wait..... Apple wants to sell a bigger iPhone (iPhablet) and use the same "massively failed" design as the iPhone 5C? So they are breaching into a relatively niche market, and they're going to use the same design as their worst selling iPhone yet. Oh and they're probably going to charge an extra $100 on top of it? Yeah that's smart.

18. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Please note that this is nothing more than a rumor, and as such, should be taken with that proverbial grain of salt. I don't believe rumors, unless they carry some concrete proof, like a photo with them, and even then its questionable. Ill just wait for the official announcement. Also they aren't gonna use the same design, it says they are taking cues from the iPhone 5C design. I find that hard to believe though, which is why i am having a tough time buying into this rumor. Best bet is to simply wait for Apple's official announcement.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What isn't a rumor is the 3 million iPhone 5c's in inventory, and that Apple stopped making them back in December 2013. So hopefully they didn't get too many inspirations from the iPhone 5c ;-)

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Did apple say this, or does the article clearly say "A published report out if japan"?

2. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Get the designs from Mac! The 5S has a circus of components. Sapphires, aluminum, glass. Simplicity is better.

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

I expect a lot this year...

14. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Don't people that carry iPhones say "maybe this year" every year? ;-)

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, and every year it is some disappointment or another (they don't like to admit it though, everything is perfect in the reality distortion field). This year has big hope riding on it from consumers to investors and everything else. They have promised a lot and hopefully deliver on them because I think even iCultists can only delude themselves for so long.

19. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Ive not been disappointed yet. I don't get my hopes way up for any product though. I have an iPhone 5 right now and have no problems with it at all, suits my needs fine. Ill upgrade to the new model this year. Also there are blind fanboys and followers of other companies as well as Apple, but i never see you talk about them like you do Apple fans, funny how that works. Are blind fanboys and followers of other companies better in some way? Or is it you simply have a blind hate for Apple?

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Notice his lack of a response lol? Hmmmmm...

30. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Name some blind fanboys that are fine with tiny incremental add-ons.... And please don't say Samsung, because every year they throw in everything but the kitchen sink into their next iteration S-series phone. Not like Apple this year a new row of icons next year touch-id, oh and a 64 bit chip used with 1GB of RAM. Hahaha what a joke. O.o Need more RAM for that.

4. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

If they do this, it'll surely be interesting. With that being said, I guess we know it'll have a more rounded body this time.

6. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Best smartphone ever on the market! Keep up ur fantastic work, Apple!

10. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I just want you to know if you're referring to the 5c I'm down voting you.

27. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

5c best smart phone? I have iPhone 4s and the only difference in terms if functionality is lte.

31. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

nope it has a different newer processor, as well as double the Ram and a better camera (still 8mp though)

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So they will be able to sell the unsold 5Cs as "iphone 6 mini"! ;)

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, no. If this is true, it is absolutely the wrong move.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Nope, they have realized their core audience are kids and elderly and are now focusing in on that market even harder. It only makes them richer and more entrenched to better target their niche audience.

20. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Please hate some more, you don't do it enough. Im sorry but their core audience isn't kids and elderly, that is something only a blind hater/troll says. If you want to provide proof in some sort of statistics that show that is their core audience then please feel free to do so, otherwise you have NO CLUE who the majority of iPhone buyers are, or anything about them obviously. Im turning 30 this month and i enjoy my iPhone a lot, it does what i need it to. Im far from a kid or elderly person. It sounds like you need to grow up though, instead of making trolling comments like you do.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He's a notoriously childish apple hating troll, and you're right, their average user age is low to mid 30's. Regardless to who their demographic is, with the unrivaled success they've had, wouldn't they be smart to continue marketing to those who buy their products the most? Finalflash has no life other than hating, and jocking tech sites to blast apple. Sometimes I wonder if he's an ex employee, who couldn't handle it, and got fired. He has a weird obsession with hating apple.

11. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

the only positive I can think of right now is.... At least it's not faux leather.

22. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

Are you shading Samsung? Hahaha.

24. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Poor attempt.! Better luck next time. :)

12. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

The iPhone 5c feels sturdy and solid. If they do that on a high end 4.7 iphone it will be awesome. Not to mention the colors they might come out with.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

So basically the leaked back plate from a few weeks ago was spot on and real. I understand that the rendering that was along with it was fake.

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