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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. pcuserforever's Avatar
      pcuserforever -
      it's gonna make coffee and walk the dog too!
    1. jmudslinger's Avatar
      jmudslinger -
      It would be cool if it opened up to an additional screen. The keyboard would just be lame
    1. nomad707's Avatar
      nomad707 -
      perhaps with the leak of the iphone 4 prototype Apple simply wants to keep everyone guessing what the iphone 5 will feature. the rumor mill has them appear to be all over the place, and maybe that exactly what they want.
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
      Yeah... I call bullsh*t. If you couple this with the rumor about them removing the "Home" button, it makes absolutely no sense that they would add 50 some more buttons. Apple hates buttons... why would they invest so much time and money in Multi-Touch just to throw it all away with a bulky, dumb, slide-out keyboard?
      Bingo!!!!
    1. Lilmatrix's Avatar
      Lilmatrix -
      Well it has its pros and cons. Bt the big positive in this case is for people who have trouble pressing one letter on the touch screen.
    1. cesar666cu's Avatar
      cesar666cu -
      I guess it's to attract all the blackberry lovers....
    1. Blackonion's Avatar
      Blackonion -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Daniel Ash View Post



      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
      They should create a doble múlti touch screen slider,that way wen you are playing games or texting etc... your hands doesent' get in your way
    1. Lilmatrix's Avatar
      Lilmatrix -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmudslinger View Post
      It would be cool if it opened up to an additional screen. The keyboard would just be lame
      Ur thinking of tht new sprint phone that is jus completkey ********
    1. nomad707's Avatar
      nomad707 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aayushcool View Post
      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
      I think that this is pretty close to what we will see this year.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackonion View Post
      They should create a doble múlti touch screen slider,that way wen you are playing games or texting etc... your hands doesent' get in your way
      That would be a horrible idea sorry, second touch screen just to control something on the first touch screen?
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      What a stupid article.

      Anybody who has any clue at all knows that Apple will NEVER add a physical keyboard to the iPhone. NEVER.

      Remember the outrage when Apple decided to release a phone with no keyboard? Everyone laughed.

      Now no major smartphones have a physical keyboard.

      Stupid article.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Wasn't there a rumor about now physical buttons also?
    1. Mr. Quackers's Avatar
      Mr. Quackers -
      Quote Originally Posted by drewstone View Post
      efffff that thing. ill stick w/the current design. either a iPhone 4 or even a 3Gs. thank you very much........off topic but i read a article on how the new ibooks will disable the ability to read books on a jailbroken device. be careful when updating iOS......
      The iBooks issue was fixed today by Comex.
    1. NegativeBeef's Avatar
      NegativeBeef -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      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.
      Yes!! I much rather have a slide out control pad than a keyboard.
    1. iRetina's Avatar
      iRetina -
      I heard there will be a 4" screen of both sides of the phone.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      I hate this concept,, please no!!!!!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Sounds like Apple's trying to find out who's leaking info with all these crazy rumors going around lately. The day Jobs puts a physical keyboard on the iPhone is the day he integrates Flash in his products.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      Wasn't there a rumor about now physical buttons also?
      There was one to get rid of the home button. On the iPad, they are experimenting with I think a 5 finger swipe down closes a page, so no home button would kind of make sense...
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Watch the original iPhone keynote, the main selling point of the iPhone was no keyboard. Steve jobs hates them. This is BS.
    1. xgus69's Avatar
      xgus69 -
      damn thats ugly