Front plate for the next iPhone pictured as production begins

Front plate for the next iPhone pictured as production begins
Tired of next-gen iPhone leaks? No? Then here is another one – a photo of what is said to be the front glass plate of the iPhone's next iteration. What we seem to have is the part's black version, and what looks like a white variant is actually the other side of that same component. The front plate, if genuine, suggests that the device will indeed have a larger display with a wide-screen aspect ratio. Furthermore, a closer inspection reveals another change that we are likely to see once the smartphone is announced. We are talking about the front-facing camera, which is expected to be moved to the center of the next iPhone's front side, right above the earpiece.

The positioning of the front-facing cam is not as exciting of a change as the fact that it is likely to support HD video, which, if true, would be a welcome upgrade. After all, those FaceTime chat would surely look much better in 720p. As far as the screen is concerned, it is believed that it will measure 4 inches in diagonal and its resolution will be boosted to 640 by 1136 pixels. This will add space for another row of home screen icons and will provide a display aspect ratio of 16:9.

Of course, we have no way of confirming that the component really belongs to the next iPhone, so who knows, it might just be a fake. Oh well, guess we'll know for sure later this year, once the next-gen iPhone is announced. If rumors are to be trusted, that is likely to happen in September.

source: Apple.pro via 9to5Mac


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34 Comments

1. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Building up the hype I see... iPhone will lose to the android "horde" on the long run. People start liking bigger screens (No Apple, a 0.4" increase isn't enough), better hardware, now if only they'd pay for their apps so devs create apps on time. I KNOW people buy apps (including myself), but a huge majority gets them from... less trusted sources.

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Not everyone has the same taste in size preference.

6. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

I prefer 4-4.2 over 4.3+, and I know plenty of people who feel the same. iPhones will continue to be the "basic" smartphone of choice, and those who want to tweak and adjust will get androids, as they've always done.

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

My GF told me that larger is better....

28. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

That's cuz u have 2 inches. Of screen that is wink.

24. EarnYourLeather

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

That's probably the fairest and most brief android VS iOS observation I've ever read. I would just throw the phrase "high-end" after the word basic as to not ruffle any insecure feathers.

33. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Thanks. Heh, if someone's feathers are ruffled by me not saying high end they're crazy.

34. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

And yes I know that means some Apple fans are definitely crazy.

19. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

dude you just dont know how 4inches is the "sweet spot" for the new iphone, nothing more nothing less...Now all they have to do is make it look purrrty.... :)

25. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

4" might be alright but they would be seriously stupid if they are just stretching out the current phone and making it longer. UGLY.

26. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

or maybe you should say '4" is perfect for one handed operation' but ask any woman, 2 hands and bigger is just more fun for everyone! :)

32. Killer_Instinct

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

BEFORE - Multitasking is stupid on phones - 4G is overrated - 3.5 inches is the perfect screen size, any bigger than that and the phone becomes unusable - if you use stylus you blew it - iPad-style tablet computers with smaller 7in screens would be “dead on arrival” WHAT IF APPLE MAKE A 4.5 SCREEN THEN YOU WILL SAY THAT IT IS THE SWEET SPOT FOR IPHONE, NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS. LOL

2. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

yeah that's the problem with android apps. if their users don't pay to buy apps from their store as much as ios users do, that won't help android pull away from ios that much.

4. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Embedding FFC right above the earpiece is a wastage of space as they have to arrange more room for bazel.

7. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There was already plenty there to work with. ;D

5. VonRondo

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Based on the photos of the front plate, it looks like the familiar 3:2 aspect ratio used in the current iphone 4s. I think that is a good thing and predicted that Apple will stick with the same aspect ratio. The 16:9 widescreen ratio simply would not look good, and that is key to Apple.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

:-/ I think your eyes are broken. That looks 16:9 to me. But I must agree with you, looking good normally has a higher priority to Apple than providing a competitive product...

8. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Damn that's one "long" smartphone haha :))

12. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

It is Long brick :))

27. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

LongFaceTime!!!

10. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

640 by 1136 pixels...weird resolution!

11. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It's not an HD screen so you won't be able to take full advantage of 720p video. Idk what Apple was thinking there.

15. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

It's just a rumour.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple hasn't patented HD video. Apple is trying to establish a different video standard for which it has a patent pending. It is all part of the plan for world domination by Apple.

13. Android1

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

It looks ugly

16. rigorimpossible

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

law suit

20. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Looks like the Samsung galaxy s3, copy cats.

21. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

What to say...........................all ****** rumors said that the upcoming iPhone will have an all new design............and what is this.......

22. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Looks like apple is a prisoner of their own resolution and they're cooking another quirkiness. 640 by 1136 pixels??? It had been a while till the others caught up apple's >300 ppi. Now the apple is the one who's chasing the tail.

23. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Essentially the same phone with a slightly different screen,apple you really have suprised us this time!!!

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