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  • Looks Can Be Deceiving for 4th Gen iPhone


    Parts for the 4th gen iPhone have surfaced. And some iPhone obsessed Apple fanatics are peeved that no major design changes appear to be in store for the iPhone's big upgrade, likely planned for early this summer. The "outrage" was sparked by photos freshly posted by iResQ, which claims that their photos reveal a 4th gen iPhone that is almost impossible to distinguish from the present model.

    As soon as I began reading about this alleged photo leak, I had a flashback to what my mother always told me - beauty is in the eye of the beholder because it's what's on the inside that counts.

    Ah, yes - what's on the inside. These photos, if legit, only communicate to us that the 4th gen iPhone will look and feel a lot like the iPhones of the past. But is that really a bad thing? What these photos can't convey are the things that will make the next iPhone an A+ according to Steve Jobs. The photos tell us nothing about whether the device will be capable of multitasking. Or the prospective mega pixel upgrade for the device's camera. And what about the million other suspected upgrade rumors we've been hearing about for months.

    What can we deduce from these pics?

    1) The LCD appears to be factory glued to the digitizer.
    2) The iPhone 4G front panel seems to be about 1/4" longer than its predecessors.
    3) There is an interesting reflective, mirror-like surface directly above the speaker.
    There is nothing about the leaked photos of the 4th gen iPhone that should give anyone compelling reason for disappointment - unless, of course, you were hoping for a major handset redesign. Otherwise, keep in mind that it's what's on he inside that counts - advice that applies to the iPhone too.

    Image via iResQ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Looks Can Be Deceiving for 4th Gen iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 74 Comments
    1. jaminmc's Avatar
      jaminmc -
      I don't see how a unibody would work... there is going to have to be some big plastic area in the back somewhere for the phone to get signal and wifi. You cant put it under the glass on the front, because that would be shooting radiation strait to the brain, and that would really cause problems. Good luck getting that FCC approved. In a unibody laptop there is usually a grey plastic area on each side or the screen where they have their bluetooth, and wifi antenna's.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      and a better processor would be absolutely retarded without first figuring out how to power it.
      Not necessarily. A faster more power-efficient processor would actually get you better battery life.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thatskanyon View Post
      Here's what Apple will do with the 4G...... they would have to show me a phone that is wayy better than any phone out there in order for me to drop the cash for a 4g....
      That's funny.... that's the same thing I said about the 3Gs.... and I still got my 3G. I wonder how many lucky ones said that about 3G and kept their 2G? In my opinion, they were the smart ones! Those that didn't follow the heard off the Apple/AT&T cliff (for 3G nationwide service and "blazing" speed everywhere you go).

      I'm tired of promises, I will probably look elsewhere if I am going to upgrade, both carrier and phone.
    1. TheOnlyest's Avatar
      TheOnlyest -
      I hope they DONT change the size of the new model, OR the dock connector and/or pinout. If they do, I wont be upgrading. No way i'm buying all new accessories again (clock radio, charging dock, SkyDock, FM mod, etc). Honestly, they only thing they could do to improve on the 3GS, is add WiMAX capability and a removable battery.
      As far as the assumed enhancements in 4.0, thanks to JB, my phone already does all that stuff!
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Quote Originally Posted by back2thebeatof84 View Post
      Ahh. True. However, the 64gb will come with backwards-Chipmunk voice. Or is that for the 5G?
      You guys are hella stupid!

      The mirror is there so that you can video chat... with yourself. =P
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      Touch screen glued to the LCD ? Damm, I will have to charge my customers more to fix that. Already cost more for the 3gs because they changed the plugs to the logic board. Hope it's a fake story.
    1. Shane01638's Avatar
      Shane01638 -
      The Screen could be bigger and better. A little taller screen could mean more room for a better status bar, or an additional status bar at the bottom which shows which apps are running, and let you switch between apps with ease. The apps could run in a window the same size they are now.
    1. hotairgypsy's Avatar
      hotairgypsy -
      N card for wifi would be great
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      They could put an aluminium back on the 3G/3GS - it would be fine if you didn't actually want a signal....
      I don't discredit this statement, but all I want to say is that the iPad is all aluminum (as far as I can tell), including the one with 3G built in.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The 3G version is the one with a Black plastic strip at the top where the antennae is.

    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      LOL, that's a knock off iphone replacement screen, duh...
    1. love2drive2fast's Avatar
      love2drive2fast -
      Quote Originally Posted by back2thebeatof84 View Post
      That little mirrored button above the speaker is obvious. You press it in when on the phone with someone and it makes them speak in Chipmunk.

      How did you guys not guess that already?
      There SOOOOOOO oughta be an app for THAT !!! ... at $1 each you'd be rich !!!

      Quote Originally Posted by k.nitsua View Post
      You guys are hella stupid!

      The mirror is there so that you can video chat... with yourself. =P
      Yeah, cause there won't be a front-facing camera to use ... so ya video chat with anyone else ... lmao !!!
    1. treble26's Avatar
      treble26 -
      i really hope apple doesnt keep the same design as the older models. im personally getting tired of that iphone look. i want a new look and feel for the 4th gen iphone. if they do keep the same design then they would just be doing what sony does with its PS3 controllers. i dont hate my PS3 but i also dont like it. my is catching dust. the PS3 controller needs a new design and so does the iphone. if apple made a new design for the iphone i think it would make a lot more people fall back in love with the iphone. and aslo fix some of those iphone OS bugs.
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Treble, you've gotta be crazy.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      after looking at how awesome the aluminum unibody macbooks look i wish the new iphone would go back to the first gen look so it matches all the new macbook pros and also keep the current white one to match all the white macbooks or other products in apple products lol or maybe different colors like the ipods but who knows hopefully an aluminum unibody look like the ipad would be cool and as for the reflective surface... video chat camera?!
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      On the inside that counts...yep. The mirror? It'll be for seeing how mad you are at those pages that have flash content!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      lol this is all a bunch of bull. all we're gonna get is a faster processor, and multitasking. i'm predicting that is pretty much it. i mean, we'll get those 2 big things, and like 200 things that you won't really notice.

      like the fact that the 3.0 update came with landscape stocks, and if you held 2 fingers on the chart, it would show you the change.

      stuff that no one notices, or uses.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      My solution for the aluminum unibody would be to make the apple logo bigger at the back and make it plastic with painted chrome. And put the antennas there. I want a redesign a front facing cam and a bigger screen. Developping for the 4G wouldn't be a problem on the AppStore there are many apps with 3gs specific versions. So I would detect automatically which phone you have. I want true 16x9 keep the size but make he screen a bit wider.
    1. Slimz's Avatar
      Slimz -
      While were at it, let's just carry around a 50 inch LCD in our pockets. Really, the screen is more then suffcient. I can think of a lot more things I'd like before any increase in screen size.
    1. f3nd3rmus1c's Avatar
      f3nd3rmus1c -
      Quote Originally Posted by Slimz View Post
      While were at it, let's just carry around a 50 inch LCD in our pockets. Really, the screen is more then suffcient. I can think of a lot more things I'd like before any increase in screen size.
      50 inch? Aren't you exaggerating a little?

      ... go with a modest 42