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  • Alleged iPhone 5 Part Hints Further at Sliding Cover


    On Monday, a new photo of a supposed iPhone 5 part surfaced, sparking further speculation about what phsyical attributes Apple's fifth generation iPhone will sport. The image in question puts the spotlight on a 30-pin dock connector cable (part designated 821-1300-02 HF/c1.) that is rumored to be an integral part of the iPhone 5. Originating overseas, the pic first surfaced on apple.pro.

    Additional details speak to the recently suspected sliding screen cover that could very well indicate the iPhone's adoption of a physical keyboard for the first time in the device's life. According to the Chinese report, other recent photos that have surfaced (specifically, of the larger edge-to-edge screen) are, in fact, fake. Of course, at this stage in the game it's impossible to decipher reality from rumors. But the apple.pro revelation suggests that Apple will take a completely different direction with the next refresh of its handset.

    It's only fair to say, however, that this particular online hub of part leaks has been incredibly accurate in the past. From revealing images that foreshadowed everything from the iPod nano to the white iPhone 4, apple.pro has some serious credibility when it comes to dishing up hush-hush images of supposed new iDevice parts. If such is the case yet again in this instance, the iPhone 5 may take on an entirely new shape and appearance than its siblings of yesteryear.

    Source: apple.pro (for Google Translate click here )
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Alleged iPhone 5 Part Hints Further at Sliding Cover started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 91 Comments
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i would prefer the option to have the keyboard or not have the keyboard because i dont want the keyboard at all im passed that point in life and i just want my sleek sexy iPhone.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by iFlash20 View Post
      Dude anything and everything apple makes is great. Just think about it. A slide out keyboard is right up apples alley. Who better to perfect it than apple.
      That is not apple at all... in the original iPhone conference, which you probably didn't watch, Steve Jobs shunned those keyboards. After all these years, a slide out keyboard is impossible, and would ruin the iPhone.


      On second hand, Tim Cook is running the company.

      HOLY SH*T!
    1. ramicio's Avatar
      ramicio -
      If it has a sliding keyboard I will buy it. I would never make a habit of buying the next year's phone, just the 2nd next year, but I will replace my iPhone4 for the newer one IF it has a sliding keyboard. I can't type without my eyes with a smooth screen.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      I'm not in favor of a sliding keyboard. This is a draw back.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by zygersaf View Post
      That would be amazing, i lvoe that idea of a second touch screen :P
      That would be cool, but someone already released a tablet that has two touchscreens, and it isn't selling too well, I hear.


      On the second hand, Tim Cook is running the company.

      On the third hand, Apple's chief engineer is leaving for england, they could never coordinate this.

      On the fourth hand, there really is no third hand.
    1. AkkeDaBest's Avatar
      AkkeDaBest -
      Orite guys, I'm not concerned at all about this. Rumours are rumours and this might well be a prototype of some kind. The keyboard won't happen, it isn't apple. And as earlyer menitoned steve even bashed and crushed the keyboards at the original iPhone's keynote.

      If, however, this happens, then I'm gonna spend my saved 700 on something else than upgrading my 3GS.
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      I'm gonna go with this not happening. If it does. I will buy it an then throw it on eBay and keep my i4. I'm extremely happy with this phone. I love multi touch gestures and touch screen keyboard. I can't see changing this. But I dunno
    1. ErikH's Avatar
      ErikH -
      What says that is an iPhone part? Could just as easily be an iPad part. Man the wild speculation around here is horrible.
    1. akafred's Avatar
      akafred -
      a lot of i phones on kijiji here because the users cant stand the touch screens and are are going back to blackberry. i wouldn't mind a keyboard but could live without it also..

      apple probably wants a larger share of the business market..
    1. ///Maybach's Avatar
      ///Maybach -
      This looks like it is for the Verizon iPhone, the dock connector and microphone are in the exact same spots as on the iPhone 4's dock connector.
    1. InDashMP3's Avatar
      InDashMP3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      IF, and that is a HUGE IF, there will be an iphone with a moving cover:
      Perhaps it won't be a physical keyboard, but instead another lower res touch screen devs will be able to use to display custom controls. This way your fingers aren't in the way on your screen. A physical keyboard wouldn't add any functionality that doesn't already exist. And the public has gotten so used to touchscreen interfaces that Apple doesn't stand to gain much market share from those still holding out for a physical keyboard. A physical keyboard will add cost, and more moving parts. As we all know, the more moving parts the greater the opportunity for things to break. BUT, adding an additional touch interface would add a ton more functionality and seems much more in line with Apple's thirst for the awe-factor.
      My thought exactly. I just don't see a physcial keyboard on the iPhone. The first thing I thought of was the Kyocera phone that was recently demo'd. When I saw it, I thought, "Man, Apple could pull that off way better.". Well, maybe they will..

      Kyocera Pimps Dual-Screen Android Smartphone | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhUDmRzz9ac]Kyocera Video Demo [/ame]

      Just think...micro bezel +2 retina displays???
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      This actually proves nothing. The current iPhone 4 has the exact same part in it with a different part number. The design has not changed in any way, shape, or form.
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      I think a slide out keyboard is a great idea. Hopefully it will also have game controls and a trackpad. It would be the best phone ever if it gets jailbroken.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      It won't happen, until I see a leak like the iPhone 4 last year or Xperia Play, its all rumours.

      It also goes against what Apple said "how you can't add a new key to a hardware keyboard".
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      What a disaster. So many nice iPhone designs on google.com and they are going towards physical keyboard.

      Maybe this is Apple's phone that said it will compete with android the smaller version of iPhone.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      IF, and that is a HUGE IF, there will be an iphone with a moving cover:
      Perhaps it won't be a physical keyboard, but instead another lower res touch screen devs will be able to use to display custom controls. This way your fingers aren't in the way on your screen. A physical keyboard wouldn't add any functionality that doesn't already exist. And the public has gotten so used to touchscreen interfaces that Apple doesn't stand to gain much market share from those still holding out for a physical keyboard. A physical keyboard will add cost, and more moving parts. As we all know, the more moving parts the greater the opportunity for things to break. BUT, adding an additional touch interface would add a ton more functionality and seems much more in line with Apple's thirst for the awe-factor.
      Awesome idea man, awesome!


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    1. D_LA_ROC's Avatar
      D_LA_ROC -
      I bet if it has a slide out, it will still be thin and sleek. Apple will figure a way to make it like that so it will be different.
    1. akafred's Avatar
      akafred -
      that is one choppy laggy phone, i got frustrated just watching the video.. hope they improve that before releasing!!

      Quote Originally Posted by InDashMP3 View Post
      Kyocera Pimps Dual-Screen Android Smartphone

      Just think...micro bezel +2 retina displays???
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Apple are more likely to release an iPhone running Android OS before they put a physical keyboard anywhere near an iPhone.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      If the 5 has a slider, I will buy an entire crate of 4's both AT&T and Verizon (Just in Case) for myself