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  • Is This Apple's 5th Generation iPhone Prototype?


    Nothing like a good "photo leak" to ramp up the iPhone rumor mill.

    Now that 2011 has arrived, there's only another six months or so until the 5th generation iPhone likely debuts. Does this mean the tech blogosphere will be buzzing with iPhone rumors, pics, and vids for the next 180 days? Unfortunately, there's a good chance the answer is yes. It's a process that they may have gotten underway today, as the "leaked photos" shared by SmartPhone Medic are reportedly those of Apple's 5th Generation iPhone (or possibly the long-awaited Verizon iPhone).

    Here we have both images and video (each from different sources) showcasing the goods. The video comes courtesy of Global Parts Direct, a company that is clearly trying to promote itself while dishing on the alleged iPhone 5 prototype. SmartPhone Medic, on the other hand, is already a well-known and somewhat credible source for leaked iDevice info. As Apple Insider reminds us, last August SmartPhone Medic got its hands on a genuine front panel for the forthcoming but still top secret fourth-generation iPod touch.



    The newest photos portray the next generation iPhone design, which suggests Apple has improved upon its flawed antenna design that resulted in the so-called "Death Grip" phenomenon. Additionally, the professed 5th generation iPhone frame reveals a retained spot for a micro-SIM card, the obvious implication of which hints at a long-awaited "world" phone design - both GSM and CDMA. While CDMA doesn't use a SIM card, Verizon's 4G network does. So if, in fact, this iPhone 5 panel is a legitimate prototype, it can clearly be deduced that Apple will be expanding its carrier relationships (likely in the US) with the release of the next generation handset.

    Real or fake? You be the judge.

    SmartPhone Medic
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is This Apple's 5th Generation iPhone Prototype? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 119 Comments
    1. p3eps's Avatar
      p3eps -
      Quote Originally Posted by slimnite View Post
      Dont really know what the whole fuss is about. I held an iphone 4 yesterday and it had those separations on the side. Asked the sale consultant and he said that how the new batch of phones looked like. its the fix for the antenna gate. I prefer the original design though. But reception had 2 bar difference between the two demo's(old batch and new). guess its better.
      Glad to hear it. I had one of the first iPhone 4's on release day, and the signal was dreadful (with or without my hands on the phone!) I bought an HTC Desire after a week of use as the poor signal made it useless.

      I've recently got a new iPod Touch 4G and using it has made me want another iPhone... so I was going to get a new iPhone 4 in the next couple of days and was hoping the problems had been sorted. I can't really find much info about whether they updated the hardware at the end of September like it was rumored that they would.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Wow the video does say it was removed due to a Copyright claim by Apple, Inc. Hmmmmm.... interesting for sure
      Yeaahh, an idiot removed the video, that's a free advertising, make my iPhone more valuable....
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SMokemyPole88 View Post
      This rework is clearly for the Verizon iPhone.

      I don't think that current iPhone 4 will be able to compete with that monster of a Android phone coming to at&t. That Motorola Atrix 4g has a 2ghz Dual core processor with 1gb of ram. Not to mention Verizon will be getting something similar to the Atrix 4g in the Droid Bionic.
      *off topic* Did you see the video of that thing in the dock?! It can dock to your Monitor/Mouse/KB and give you a desktop experience... it can dock to your home theater with HDMI and a remote... it can dock to a laptop shell.

      A phone that is powerful enough to do this and versatile enough to be a hybrid PC / Phone might prompt me to get one as least as a second line... still can't live without a jailbreak
    1. Oooshaa's Avatar
      Oooshaa -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      First Gen iPhone > iPhone 3G = Minor update
      3G to 3GS = Major update
      3GS to iPhone 4 = Major update
      iPhone 4 to iPhone 5 = who knows. Most likely minor things.. RAM increase, 8MP camera, minor processor speed bump?
      Orig IP compared to the IP 3G was minor updates!? It activated the 3G network on it! I think that was pretty major have you used edge? Lol
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      *off topic* Did you see the video of that thing in the dock?! It can dock to your Monitor/Mouse/KB and give you a desktop experience... it can dock to your home theater with HDMI and a remote... it can dock to a laptop shell.

      A phone that is powerful enough to do this and versatile enough to be a hybrid PC / Phone might prompt me to get one as least as a second line... still can't live without a jailbreak
      *Off topic* That sounds years ahead of the iPhone. I haven't had a chance to use Android yet though, so I don't know if I'd take it over iOS.But wow. That could literally replace my desktop unit and have better specs.

      *Back on topic* I wonder if it's true like that one guy said that this is just a fix for the antenna.
    1. p3eps's Avatar
      p3eps -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      *Back on topic* I wonder if it's true like that one guy said that this is just a fix for the antenna.
      Surely they wouldn't be producing a new chassis for an antenna fix in January, when a new model is likely to come out in June / July?

      I thought the antenna issues were supposed to be fixed back in September?
    1. red_zone's Avatar
      red_zone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      *Back on topic* I wonder if it's true like that one guy said that this is just a fix for the antenna.
      THANK YOU! Finally, someone sees it the way I do!!
    1. MrDUDE42's Avatar
      MrDUDE42 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rasta4Jah420 View Post
      Your wrong..it clearly has a mini sim slot on the side, if it was the "new verizon iphone" wouldnt it use cdma or whatever?? Verizon doesnt use sim cards....nice journalism though...
      If it is the new verizon phone it would need a sim slot for LTE so it can support the new 4G Verizon network. CDMA doesn't use a sim but LTE (their 4G network) does. So any future Verizon 4G phones WILL use a sim most likely. So yes this could very well be the new verizon iPhone. Maybe you should read the article before you say its wrong because they mention how it could be an LTE verizon phone which would need a sim card slot.
    1. ufcsean's Avatar
      ufcsean -
      ooooo vid got removed due to apple copyright claim....missed the dam vid
    1. red_zone's Avatar
      red_zone -
      Quote Originally Posted by ufcsean View Post
      ooooo vid got removed due to apple copyright claim....missed the dam vid
      Im sure you can still find it somewhere on the internet
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by ufcsean View Post
      ooooo vid got removed due to apple copyright claim....missed the dam vid
      It's not really that exciting. Basically all the guy says is that the bands are repositioned and it's structured a little differently.
    1. tandem.biscuit's Avatar
      tandem.biscuit -
      I think people are confused and I want to clear something up. There are currently 4 generations of iPhones.

      1st gen - Apple iPhone (2G network)
      2nd gen - Apple iPhone 3G (3G referring to network, not generation)
      3rd gen - Apple iPhone 3GS (upgraded processor ram etc)

      All the above iPhones have the same form factor, these did not change until the:

      4th gen - Apple iPhone 4

      So my question is, why does everyone assume that Apple will change the form factor of the 5th gen iPhone? They didn't do it for the first 3 releases, so it's unlikely that they will again until perhaps the 6th or even 7th gen.

      iPhone 7 anyone?

      My guess is at least the 5th generation will keep the same form, they'll just upgrade the internals. Cross your fingers and perhaps in another 12 months they'll start thinking about a new look.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      5th gen will look almost exact to 4th gen
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      I have a feeling that it's more likely the iPhone 4 Verizon edition
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Would apple even have a comparison photos like this? They don't seem useful for them
    1. Saved0ne's Avatar
      Saved0ne -
      Yay go Apple for leaking again! I know you guys do it on poipose!
      Can't wait to see if this will have anything cool on it other than the body design!
      (I had no reception problems, EVAR!)
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      *off topic* Did you see the video of that thing in the dock?! It can dock to your Monitor/Mouse/KB and give you a desktop experience... it can dock to your home theater with HDMI and a remote... it can dock to a laptop shell.

      A phone that is powerful enough to do this and versatile enough to be a hybrid PC / Phone might prompt me to get one as least as a second line... still can't live without a jailbreak
      ya that was pretty mind blowing, If i bought that phone I don't think I would need a netbook anymore.

      Back to the topic.

      I still believe it's a rework for the Verizon iPhone.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      5th gen will look almost exact to 4th gen
      Lol is that an educated guess or do you actually know?
    1. pdiddy21502's Avatar
      pdiddy21502 -
      Come march there will be photos and sketches floating around of the iphone6 or even 7