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  • Apple Testing Slide-Out iPhone 5? Really?



    A Taiwanese website that has a had a decent track record of verified iPhone leaks is claiming today that Apple is evaluating 3 different hardware prototypes of the iPhone 5, one of them including a slide-out keyboard. The Google translation of the report on tw.Apple.pro is pretty hard to understand, but seems to indicate that in addition to the slide-out model, there will also be an updated "traditional" iPhone with minor under-the-hood improvements compared to the iPhone 4.

    It's not clear from the googletrans what the phrase "sliding cover" refers to, but it may suggest a physical keyboard that slides out from the case. In addition to this model, Apple is supposedly testing an iPhone 5 that is styled like the iPhone 4 but with a longer-lasting battery and a better camera. Like the upgrade from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3GS, then, it would be an evolution rather than a redesign, which is in line with recent reports. There is no description at all of the third prototype, though this might refer to the "iPhone mini" that has generated so much buzz of late.

    There are - obviously - a lot of things to question in this report. The iPhone's touchscreen is perhaps its most fundamental element, and so the idea of a slide-out keyboard pretty much flies in the face of Apple's whole design aesthetic. Steve Jobs explained back in 2007 why Apple decided not to put a keyboard on the iPhone, saying that once you do "it's there forever and [it's] hard to change the buttons to work with different applications." However, for some users learning to type on a touchscreen is a significant barrier, so it may be that Apple has decided to include this as sort of "training wheels" for those customers.

    The report would be laughable if Apple.pro hadn't got it right on numerous occasions. In 2008, they showed off the unibody MacBook before it was released, and in July of last year revealed the small touchscreen which would eventually turn up in the new multitouch iPod nano months later. Last year, they previewed the white iPhone 4 bezel before the phone was even announced, and showed off an iPhone 4 battery in June. So this is not necessarily something you can laugh off... yet.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Testing Slide-Out iPhone 5? Really? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 132 Comments
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      disaster written all over haha
    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      If Apple puts this on the iPhone 5, I'll stick with my iPhone 4 thanks
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      All I will say is this: if the new iPhone "slides out," it had better reveal a D-pad, action buttons, and 2 shoulder triggers.
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Ahh....No.




      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      You know what I just noticed? Every writer BUT Messany is reporting nothing but rumors. Strange.
      I noticed this as well...lol
    1. Legend_master's Avatar
      Legend_master -
      I'm pretty sure that will not be released since that would go completely against the iPhone status quo. If they did tho, that would definitely be the first model of the iPhone I would NOT own!
    1. davidst3r's Avatar
      davidst3r -
      Smack yourself Steve jobs !
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by TreFlon0007 View Post
      That's fake. Look at the picture closely. There's another iPhone under the keyboard. Looks can be deceiving. It's a normal keyboard that was miniaturized to fit in the picture on top if an iPhone. So fake.
      You know that's not supposed to be real, right?
    1. Blik's Avatar
      Blik -
      Quote Originally Posted by playboii View Post
      a keyboard on a iphone will be the biggest fail so this is deff bullsh*t
      totally agree

      only thing I want to see on the IP5 is 1 GIG of MEMORY and 64GIG hard-drive.......minor would be 4 inch screen
    1. dd721's Avatar
      dd721 -
      This can't be true.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by TreFlon0007 View Post
      That's fake. Look at the picture closely. There's another iPhone under the keyboard. Looks can be deceiving. It's a normal keyboard that was miniaturized to fit in the picture on top if an iPhone. So fake.
      Since you're new here, let me explain. The picture is just a mock up that was made to accompany the article. As you'll learn during your stay, many of the pictures posted with articles are either mock-ups or parodies, especially any picture of Steve Jobs.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Apple has/is testing dozens of different designs and features that will never be implemented into the final product. I would imagine Apple tested slide out keyboards with early prototypes of the first iPhone.

      Also MMi is becoming increasingly late to the game reporting on rumors and news
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      no, not really.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO


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    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Since you're new here, let me explain. The picture is just a mock up that was made to accompany the article. As you'll learn during your stay, many of the pictures posted with articles are either mock-ups or parodies, especially any picture of Steve Jobs.
      Made me lol


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    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TreFlon0007 View Post
      That's fake. Look at the picture closely. There's another iPhone under the keyboard. Looks can be deceiving. It's a normal keyboard that was miniaturized to fit in the picture on top if an iPhone. So fake.
      that pic isnt a prototype...its a mock created by the OP to use for his story...
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      that pic isnt a prototype...its a mock created by the OP to use for his story...
      (OP means original poster or original post)
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Say goodbye to iPhone cases...
    1. aayushcool's Avatar
      aayushcool -
      Well this is what i think about Iphone 5

      Same design as Iphone 4 - Home button(instead it will sport a 4" screen)
      8 mp Cam
      Front either 1.3 or 2mp cam
      NFC capabilities
      A5 dual core processor
      Bigger Battery

      That's it no more changes
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I won't buy it if it has a slide out keyboard. I don't think apple will do it tho they would be back tracking in technology. Apple likes to be innovative not doing what has already been done
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      go hangout at the bar and stole a prototype