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

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.

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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50 Comments

1. HASHTAG unregistered

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

4. HASHTAG unregistered

Dang-it!

11. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

21. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

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

37. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

2. Syksyd

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

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

3. lumia920

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

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

22. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 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).

43. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

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

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

5. iammobilechris01

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

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

29. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Great April Fools joke!

32. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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!

44. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

47. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Just ignore it, probably cr@pple fanboys.

48. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

50. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

51. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

6. Nimit_Desai

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

15. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

7. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Waiting for tomorrow to come fast.

8. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 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

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Float on flat surface? My flat ass!!

10. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 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 ?!?!

12. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Happy April Fools! :))

13. iammobilechris01

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

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

14. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

16. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

No news today is real! lol

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

April fools

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

EVERYONE™

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