Latest iPhone 5 rumor hints towards a slide-out keyboard

Latest iPhone 5 rumor hints towards a slide-out keyboard
Remember the recent rumors about a possible 4-inch screen on Apple's iPhone 5? Well, the leaking parts just keep on popping online for all of us to see and question their credibility. This time, a photo of a 30-pin dock connector, which supposedly belongs to an iPhone 5 prototype, suggests there might be a physical sliding keyboard on the next iPhone model. As it is clearly visible on the picture below, a ribbon cable is attached to the connector and seems quite similar to the one found in sliding form-factor devices.

Such a claim goes against all trends as Apple is notorious for stripping devices off their physical buttons, not for adding more of them. On the other hand, Apple has been reportedly involved in testing three iPhone 5 prototypes, one of which did include a hardware keyboard. The photo has first appeared on the Chinese website, where similar leaks do tend to show up. Even the Retina Display was showed off on before making its appearance in the iPhone 4. The very same post, however, labels the 4-inch iPhone 5 display as fake.

source: AppleInsider

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1. rwrife

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2009

I'm betting that we will see a slightly smaller version of the current iPhone and a slightly larger version w/ keyboard.

2. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

That looks like it'd be more of an iPad part. Around the dock connector it looks like an iPhone part, but then it juts out making it much wider than an iPhone then goes up. If it had a sliding keyboard I would think that it would continue going off to the side instead of going up. I think it's the part the connects to the iPad's battery to charge it. Because it's too wide for the iPhone and I would think that if it had a slide out keyboard that the ribbon would be pointing to the side and not up. Or it could wrap around and be a portrait slider or wrap around and connect to the battery. I think it's more of a battery connector as Apple likes to simplify their products. The iPhone's virtual keyboard is second to none, it's very fast and very accurate so I don't know why they'd introduce a physical keyboard as Apple is generally very stubborn when it comes to changing things.

13. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I completely agree with you. But mostly because I ask myself "why in the hell would a keyboard attach directly to the 30-pin. The dock connector is used to charge, transfer data, and transmit audio or video (the reason apple picks this over USB). Why would a keyboard need to be connected to this? Wouldn't the keyboard just need to be connected to the logic board and nothing else? If you want more evidence of this check any side sliding smartphone to see what the cable is connected to. I doubt it will be connected straight to the USB port.

14. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Oops...furthermore I think the cable either connects to the battery as you thought or to the logic board for data transfer. I also think iPad because the inside of an iPhone is very compact. Very little room for anything extra. And this looks like it'll have extra cable length. Just my opinion. I know it could be extra long because the connection may be on the other side of the part it connects to but considering apples design of the iPhone 3G, 3Gs, and 4 this is very unlikely.

3. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

iP with a slide-out keyboard will make for a pretty gross looking iP.

4. ReadaTech unregistered

Following the traditional release pattern, the iPhone 5 should come out in June. A slide-out keyboard on the iPhone 5 will be against Apple design and technical guidelines.

5. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

so will this mean that every phone that has ever been made with a slide out keyboard is now copying apple lol?

6. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Of course! Didn't you know that Apple made everything even it was made before they made it?

8. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

They had the idea first! I wonder if you can backdate a patent? LOL!

7. cannon unregistered

i saw a case with exactly the same keybord so maybe it's juist a fake ^^

9. bosmobi unregistered

I don't believe. Apple is to much design oriented. Keyboard fits not in concept.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

An iPhone with a keyboard? No that's not going to happen, that will only happen if you buy one of those keyboards this website has made topics about.

11. webOSdev2.0

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

AS much crap as I talk about the iPhone I would get this phone if it came with a keyboard

12. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

haha, true! tempting

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