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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. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      For what? Do they think this will help sales with the ViPhone? Everyone who already owns and iphone has adapted to the touch screen keyboard. This is just going to take up space and make the phone bigger and uglier imo. However, that isn't apple at all so ill assume they found a way to make the phone and all its parts smaller (thinner) and squeeze in a bigger HD and a bit more RAM and somehow made the battery life longer and found space for a keyboard?!?!?!

      Edit. INT3 has the right thinking if and that's IF they have a sliding/moving display expect something big not a measly keyboard psh who has those things anymore they're like cassettes VHS and commodores!
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I would bet just about anything that a physical screen is not going to be the case. That is like going back to a rotary phone. really?!?!
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Tired of freaking posts about rumors and suspected and leaked and w/e else crap...
    1. ss4adib's Avatar
      ss4adib -
      Apple, why are you making me more tempted to get a windows 7 phone???
    1. johnzo~'s Avatar
      johnzo~ -
      this is like a step backward for apple and a step backward in the future of smartphones.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      This would mean more parts and more money Apple has to waste so no this is BS. Apple has worked hard to push the touch interface of the iPhone and a physical keyboard would be like a step back. The only thing that I would like sliding out would be video game buttons (Xperia Play style). Otherwise slide out keyboard would be the wrong move for Apple.
    1. newyork0900's Avatar
      newyork0900 -
      Quote Originally Posted by InDashMP3 View Post
      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

      Kyocera Video Demo

      Just think...micro bezel +2 retina displays???
      This just wouldn't sit right on an iPhone! Dual screen, too bulky, with a black 10cm split down the middle! No, no, no!!!! The new iphone will deffinatley have a bigger screen, to keep in line with the up and coming smartphones. We all have the idea of "the perfect phone" and so do Apple, but it would be Market suicide to give people, all what they want in one phone; so they will give us the next iPhone with a bit more of what we want, sell it for $500 and then next year produce another iPhone, with a bit more of what we want and wait for it, yes, sell that for $500..........etc
    1. lordz's Avatar
      lordz -
      If its got a physical keyboard ,, its not an iphone.
    1. justin7942163's Avatar
      justin7942163 -
      Physical Keyboard = Stick with iPhone 4.
    1. eman297's Avatar
      eman297 -
      then if they would want that why would they give us cool multi touch gestures in lion?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Misdirection by Apple?
      People hunger for Apple news even if it is fake, why not throw some misdirection out to people to keep people talking?
    1. chuk12chuk's Avatar
      chuk12chuk -
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Apple don't go down that road please! We don't need a physical keyboard, the one we have is excellent!
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnzo~ View Post
      this is like a step backward for apple and a step backward in the future of smartphones.
      How so? What if you want a smartphone with a physical keyboard, but you don't want to buy a Crapberry or go on Sprint's network to get an HTC Evo Shift? My perfect idea of a smartphone has jailbroken features and a proper physical keyboard.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      If that happens then I will be waiting for the iPhone 6 and sticking with my 3GS... possibly getting the i4 if the i5/6 turns out to have physical keyboards. I hate em... adds too much bulk
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Don't panic. We know Apple will never put a physical keyboard or any kind of sliding mechanism on the iPhone since their trend has been towards thinner/sleeker/lighter.

      Not to mention the on-screen keyboard on the iPhone is light years better than the one on even the largest mainstream Android phone, the Droid X. The on-screen keyboard on Android phones is garbage and the predictive text input takes up way too much screen real estate.

      That being said, I would LOVE to have Swype on the iPhone. If you have ever used it I'm sure you'd agree.
    1. vstarag's Avatar
      vstarag -
      What if is not a keyboard, but game controls.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      The iPhone will never have a physical keyboard messany you moron.

      Stop spreading crap rumours.
    1. Nielsenius's Avatar
      Nielsenius -
      This is a load of crap.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      "iPhone DS" (dual screen)
      "iPhone Flip" (flip phone)
      "iPhone _____" (???)