iPhone prototype now surfaces in Bangkok: is it real?

iPhone prototype now surfaces in Bangkok: is it real?
The iPhone rumors are literally swamping us recently - will it have a new thinner and larger screen; will it feature LTE; will it come with a redesigned dock connector and finally, of course, will it blend? Those are all questions we don’t know the answers to for sure (we’d bet it’d blend, though!). What we do know is that most rumors agree on a larger, possibly 4-inch screen, LTE connectivity and best of all - an official announcement that will come very, very soon - on September 12th.

And now as we’re just around a month away from that big upcoming event, we get to see more images claiming to be of the iPhone. This here set of images is no exception - they claim to be of a non-working iPhone prototype spotted in Bangkok. The source for the images of the alleged “prototype finalized design casing” came from ex-staff member at MBK Center in Bangkok. Overall, it looks fairly realistic to what rumors have programmed us to expect, but that single physical menu button spoils it all for us. It just looks non-proportional, as if it was from a cheap knock-off and makes us doubt the whole thing.

We can’t vouch whether they are real or not, but what we do see is some form of conformity with all those rumors we pointed out. How do you like what you see and how real you think these images are?

source: NeoWin

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62 Comments

1. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

The difference between all the iphones is that it is either stretched verticaly or horizontally or just smashed with a hammer to make it thinner. For God sake, change the UI.

4. MeoCao unregistered

Changing the UI is not enough, they have to make iOS more powerful with better multitasking support.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

iOS is far away from Android's level. ;)

39. KaiTech

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I think you meant far behind...

41. Myst3ryr00tsec

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

No he said ahead, if apple wasn't so controling, and wanting it "There" way instead of the "Peoples" way it would be so much better ten folds. But right now I work for a phone company and I have experianced both worlds of Apple and Android there both good but until apple picks there game up Android is a WIN!

44. samsungIScopycat

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

iOS is way much better than android.... you know why? cause android copied all materials from iOS

45. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Any proves? How copied? Android have more than iOS!

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Android did rip off iOS. We stole multitasking, turn by turn navigation, the notification system, and last but not least, geometric shapes. How silly of me!

49. boycottapple

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Android had folders first, FREE turn-by-turn navigation for years (iPhone just got it with iOS6), Android had the notification pull-down first and it is still much better than iOS's, Android has REAL multitasking like on a PC, unlike iOS where the iPhone is so weak it can only pause apps. Geometric shapes? Are you high?

53. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You must not understand sarcasm...

10. Aeires unregistered

Looks odd with the screen stretched so vertically now, but not enough horizontally to balance it. Agreed on the UI, it's stale. iOS is the only UI I can think of that's 5 years in the making and basically the same since it was released (appearance wise). Time for them to move out of their comfort zone and make some changes. Just because you're raking in the money doesn't justify hanging onto something so dated.

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

The problem is if they change the UI they lose tons of people who are too dumb to use anything else.

40. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Oh I guess you're a genius because you use android? Studies show android users don't even know how to use basic stuff like wifi. They also show Apple users are more educated and make more money.

46. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

There you go with those studies again... Valid facts in your arguments... Please...

52. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Studies are facts buddy

50. boycottapple

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

The level of ignorance and arrogance in your comment is TOO DAMN HIGH!

54. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

iOS users wouldn't either if it didn't pop in their face every 10 seconds that they try to use data

61. levvy

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

hell yeah!!!! Androidians are less educated so that to stay away from making such comments of Grade-C

32. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Images are gonna be so stuffed on this aspect ratio. I can't imagine why anyone would buy an iPhone anyway

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that design will be similar, but in my opinion this prototype is fake!

6. MeoCao unregistered

I think it's real, that's what Tim Cook and Co. can do w/o SJ's guidance.

22. nyuvo

Posts: 72; Member since: May 10, 2012

It's clearly not real. Apple would never release a device like this, as we have all seen there were many prototypes before the original design. They will most likely release something that makes everyone go WOW because that's how they roll. I'm an android user, so I am not trying to go all apple worshipper on you, but that phone right there doesn't make sense.. Why they would just elongate the "perfectly" sized iPhone with its 4:3 ratio.

28. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

"Because that's how they roll"??? Like when we were all WOW'd by the 4S? I agree that the phone there doesn't make sense, but I don't think we're going to be "WOW'd" just because it's Apple. I also think it's perfectly within the realm of possibility that they will simply elongate the "perfectly" sized iPhone... why? Because people will still buy it.

29. MeoCao unregistered

4:3 ratio limits the size of the screen b-c it will make the phone too wide. there are too many consistent and detailed evidence to say it's fake. Actually the samples are well built and the only disapointment is lack of innovation, or Wow factor in your words.

23. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

yup man you are soo true but why didn't you point out that the battery indicator showed it is charging while there was no cables attached to it?

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my opinion even display is fake, it is only paper picture behind the transparent plastic.

3. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

How can a phone have a user review before launch? But still i m not buyin it.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"But still i m not buyin it." I also!

8. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

WINDOWS PHONE 8 HELL YEA!

9. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

For apple haters you guys are quick to read and post on their articles

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