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  • Next-Gen iPhone Prototype Front Panel Pictures Leak



    MacPost leaked pictures last week of the next generation iPhone's back panel, and today they leaked pictures of the front.

    The photos show an iPhone front panel labeled "N94" with an "Engineering Verification Test 1" stamp, and is dated March 3, 2011. The unit contains the entire front panel assembly for the "N94" including digitizer panel, LCD, and a space for a physical home button. There was some speculation with last week's leak that the physical home button would be replaced by a touch area, or be moved completely. According to these images, that grand idea appears to be false.



    Also, the design appears to be a carbon copy of the iPhone 4. If there is in fact a newly redesigned iPhone 5, this is not it. Rather, it is likely the front panel to the iPhone 4S that has been mentioned via rumors lately. It would make sense, especially considering the "N94" model number. The previous versions of the iPhone 4 have model numbers "N90" for AT&T iPhone 4s and "N92" for Verizon iPhone 4s. A new iPhone 4[S], compatible with more networks, i.e. Sprint or T-Mobile, could receive a similar incremental designation.

    Photos of "N94" (or 4S), parts keep leaking, but iPhone 5 leaks have been non-existent. Will Apple be able to successfully prevent any leaks of the new iPhone they will unveil shortly, if it even exists? I hope so. Surprises are pleasant, especially in the era of 24/7 news when there are so few.

    Source: MacPost
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Next-Gen iPhone Prototype Front Panel Pictures Leak started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Make the "square" in the home button a multicoloured LED for notifications and I will BUY IT ASAP even if I have to spend ALL my money.
      You, my friend, are a genius!
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by luketinsley View Post
      Was that necessary?
      Was THAT necessary?
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      If it the new iPhone can transform Into an iPad on voice command I'm all in. :P
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      How are they going to improve the screen. The Retina display is one best on the market.

      Maybe a 720p Screen?
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      lol. All these expectations for this phone.....it's just going to be a 4S, nothing more except iOS 5 and a speed boost. No larger screen, no fancy LED notifications, and probably no upgraded front or rear camera either.

      Save ur money for next year.
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      lol. All these expectations for this phone.....it's just going to be a 4S, nothing more except iOS 5 and a speed boost. No larger screen, no fancy LED notifications, and probably no upgraded front or rear camera either.

      Save ur money for next year.
      I've been thinking for months that theyre just gonna release something else that's not very big, then everyone will be all upset and I just laugh...gotta love rumors
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      If At&t iphone 4 is n90, and Verizon's iphone 4 is n92, isn't it VERY likely that n94 is not the iPhone 4s, but a sprint or tmobile version of the iPhone 4? That just seems to make more since. I don't expect a HUGE overhaul in the next iPhone, but I would expect there to be at least one change to the design.
      3G and 3GS looked identical from the outside, so why would you expect any design changes on this one?
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      3G and 3GS looked identical from the outside, so why would you expect any design changes on this one?
      A design change can be as simple as adding some shiny text... Or maybe Tim cook wants to bring back the rainbow apple
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Make the "square" in the home button a multicoloured LED for notifications and I will BUY IT ASAP even if I have to spend ALL my money.
      Go MetallicaFan1991
      I'm with you, lets take this phone up a couple notches!!
      Multi-colored LED's...
      Do you have a patent on that???
      AWESOME!!
    1. iDom's Avatar
      iDom -
      This site has become as hilariously pathetic as the HuffPo and countless others.
      AYFKM?
      This article, Mr Swanson, is probably one of the best "how-to-talk-with-your-*****" ever.

      This, is called : "The Art Of Making News Out Of Thin Air". After all, in an era of budget cuts, why even bother writing news articles, when one can simply type vague hearsay (when not utter BS), all-the-while sucking on a greasy good ol' American sandwich.

      This is also called journalism from brainless trouts.

      Yipee Kay Yay…
    1. Spikestrip's Avatar
      Spikestrip -
      How is iPhone 4S not the same as iPhone 5? Do the writers here not realize how different the iPhone 3GS was from the iPhone 3G? Same exterior appearance, totally different device. Seems obvious to me.

      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      lol. All these expectations for this phone.....it's just going to be a 4S, nothing more except iOS 5 and a speed boost. No larger screen, no fancy LED notifications, and probably no upgraded front or rear camera either.

      Save ur money for next year.
      They will NEVER make the iPhone bigger, or put lights on it. Are you kidding? That is simply not in the cards for the future of these ultra-sleek devices. They will remove functionality before they add something chintzy like LED indicators. Look at the lack of ports, removable battery, and limited buttons. If you want something bigger, get an iPad or a MacBook Air. Also, why would you think a speed boost is not a major upgrade? The 3GS was WAY faster than the 3G, and that's about it. The camera was better, but only a little. Mostly, it was the new iOS and a faster processor with more RAM. But, that's pretty much the definition of a better computer. Does anyone really know what the difference between the 3G and 3GS was? They only called it 3GS because it was the third one, and they already used 3G on the second one. The "S" did NOT indicate a smaller design change. iPhone OG was iPhone 1,1. iPhone 3G was 1Phone 1,2. The 3GS was iPhone 2,1 indicating a bigger change than from the first gen to the 3G.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spikestrip View Post

      They will NEVER make the iPhone bigger, or put lights on it. Are you kidding? That is simply not in the cards for the future of these ultra-sleek devices. They will remove functionality before they add something chintzy like LED indicators. Look at the lack of ports, removable battery, and limited buttons. If you want something bigger, get an iPad or a MacBook Air. Also, why would you think a speed boost is not a major upgrade? The 3GS was WAY faster than the 3G, and that's about it. The camera was better, but only a little. Mostly, it was the new iOS and a faster processor with more RAM. But, that's pretty much the definition of a better computer. Does anyone really know what the difference between the 3G and 3GS was? They only called it 3GS because it was the third one, and they already used 3G on the second one. The "S" did NOT indicate a smaller design change.
      Are YOU kidding? I don't need a history lesson on the iPhones, I'm well aware of everything you are pointing out and it has nothing to do with my post. I was simply criticizing all of these people who are expecting massive changes....especially to the cosmetics of the device.

      And no I do not consider a speed jump a major upgrade. I can deal with waiting an extra half-second for my programs to open and an extra few seconds for a web page or Youtube video to load.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by deathbybunnies6 View Post
      I want a bigger screen, so I hope that isn't it
      iPad?
    1. Spikestrip's Avatar
      Spikestrip -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Are YOU kidding? I don't need a history lesson on the iPhones, I'm well aware of everything you are pointing out and it has nothing to do with my post. I was simply criticizing all of these people who are expecting massive changes....especially to the cosmetics of the device.

      And no I do not consider a speed jump a major upgrade. I can deal with waiting an extra half-second for my programs to open and an extra few seconds for a web page or Youtube video to load.
      It isn't necessarily about making the current firmware and software run faster. They are going to release iOS 5.0, and without any doubt, it will require more resources. Ever run firmware 4.x on a 3G? That is why there are speed boosts. Not so 1.0 runs faster, but so they can make a more powerful and more feature-rich firmware that the new devices can handle easily.

      Edit: I had to add something. A faster device doesn't mean faster web loading. If your device is suffocating due to lack of resources, then a faster device will help web pages load a little faster. But if your iPhone isn't starving for RAM, then iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, or whatever it is, will load web pages and youtube videos just as fast, or slow, and your older device did.
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Where is the research to buck up this stunning statement?

      I believe you are wrong and the majority of people do not want a larger screen. There is a small, vocal, minority tah think that just because they want something the 'majority' also want it. The silent majority do not want a bigger device, lower battery life or the app incompatability caused by a new screen size.

      And Apple know this.
      The majority would be almost all of the other smartphone competitors, which generally have larger screens. aka, HTC, Motorola, Samsung. Apple want's to blow the competition away and they know that to keep up with others and continue to stay ahead, they will have to make compromises.

      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      iPad?
      iPads don't fit in my pocket.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spikestrip View Post
      They will NEVER make the iPhone bigger, or put lights on it. Are you kidding? That is simply not in the cards for the future of these ultra-sleek devices. They will remove functionality before they add something chintzy like LED indicators. Look at the lack of ports, removable battery, and limited buttons.
      The iPhone's battery IS removable and IS replaceable. Anyone who says it's not needs to do a little research. If I skip this generation of iPhones, I may replace my battery.

      Hint: Chinese make the iPhone. They also sell all the parts for it!
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spikestrip View Post

      Edit: I had to add something. A faster device doesn't mean faster web loading.
      So you're saying that if I had an iPhone 3G and an iPhone 4 side by side with nothing backgrounded that they would load a web page at identical speeds?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      So you're saying that if I had an iPhone 3G and an iPhone 4 side by side with nothing backgrounded that they would load a web page at identical speeds?
      +1

      edit: Might i add this new website UI is so broken!!
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      I would like a bigger screen. What is so bad about it being 4"? It's been the same size for 4 years.
    1. andygold's Avatar
      andygold -
      Maybe an old rumor, but what about all the machinery that Apple supposedly purchased a while back to make curved glass screens? If that was in fact true, then I would think that something, possibly an iPhone, might have a new form factor....