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  • Alleged Foxconn Drawings Reportedly Show iPhone 5 Diagram


    The above images are purported to be Foxconn diagrams of apple's next generation iPhone - the iPhone 5. That's according to a Chinese language Apple blog, which posted photos of the drawings. Still, a discerning, informed eye would have to conclude that there is very little compelling evidence apparent about the design to suggest that it's a future iPhone model. Many, however, believe the photos are legitimate and were likely taken by a disgruntled Foxconn employee. As a result, these images have the blogosphere buzzing Friday.

    Most tech gurus and bloggers say that the only hope for validating the images would come in the form of an official request by Apple to pull the photos from the myriad sites that now display them. Of course, it is unlikely that Apple would show its cards in such a gratuitous fashion and, instead, simply leave these pics to circulate under the umbrella of rumors that is already teeming some six months before the iPhone 5 will likely even see the light of day.

    On Wednesday, similar images and video of a reported iPhone 5 frame prototype surfaced. The "leaked photos" were shared by SmartPhone Medic, a well-known and somewhat credible source for leaked Apple info. Last August SmartPhone Medic obtained a genuine front panel for what at that time was a forthcoming but still top secret fourth-generation iPod touch. At the moment, however, it's difficult to accurately compare the alleged Foxconn illustrations with the physical prototype that turned up earlier this week.

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    Comments 49 Comments
    1. mobikob's Avatar
      mobikob -
      Looks like the mid frame is a bit thinner, but hard to tell from that.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      The drawings are a breakdown of the iPhone 4 back plate. I know this because I own a company that repairs apple products. We get the breakdowns of every apple device from the factories in China in our part ordering systems. That exact breakdown is present in the iPhone 4 ordering system and in all iphone 4 part catalogs. I do not know what proof you need but that is all I am willing to say on the topic.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      To me it just looks like the assembly for the iphone 4 backing
      Same Here.

      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      The drawings are a breakdown of the iPhone 4 back plate. I know this because I own a company that repairs apple products. We get the breakdowns of every apple device from the factories in China in our part ordering systems. That exact breakdown is present in the iPhone 4 ordering system and in all iphone 4 part catalogs. I do not know what proof you need but that is all I am willing to say on the topic.
      I have the "Break down" as well, But Mine does not look exactly like this, I know this is just the assembly for the iphone 4 but its sure not the official assembly view.

      Its like on the side of the rear housing there is one extra tooth. 4 instead of 3.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by MLGKorno View Post
      Of course it looks like a 4.

      It's a 4GS!
      Where the "S" stands for "Signal". lol
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MLGKorno View Post
      Of course it looks like a 4.

      It's a 4GS!
      ahahahahhahahaa I LOVE THIS !
    1. iRepairIndy's Avatar
      iRepairIndy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      It might be like the 3GS and look the same as the model before but have more memory and faster processor
      Yea Apple is pretty good at milking the market.

      iPhone with no 3G.. then the iPhone 3G and then 3GS.

      Now its the iPhone 4 with no 4G and then the iPhone 4 with faster CPU or more space and then the 4G network iPhone 4 lol
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Why does it seem everyone is expecting a huge design refresh. Does anyone remember that the 3GS was exactly the same as the 3G design wise. Just expect a hardware upgrade MAYBE. It could be the unveil for the white version or the Verizon version.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      3g was hardly running when the first iPhone came out. Apple wanted to make sure that the network was going good before then put a phone out for it. Otherwise the iphone would be getting a bad rap.
    1. mattoligy's Avatar
      mattoligy -
      Quote Originally Posted by MLGKorno View Post
      Of course it looks like a 4.

      It's a 4GS!
      I get that feeling very strongly as well!
    1. alectra82's Avatar
      alectra82 -
      This is AMAZING!!!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Could be iPhone 5 with the exact same design as iPhone 4 but with better hardware and a full silver metal band and not have those black things in the frame.

      No one here can prove its not iPhone 5 backplate, it could be 3GS all over again.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      3g was hardly running in the U.S. when the first iPhone came out. Apple wanted to make sure that the network was going good before then put a phone out for it. Otherwise the iphone would be getting a bad rap.
      Fixed your comment.
      Several other markets, Europe especially, had multiple 3G networks per country, well in advance of the iPhone's debut.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      A small part of me wants there not to be too many changes in the next gen model. I wouldn't mind not feeling obligated to upgrade this year!
    1. iRepairIndy's Avatar
      iRepairIndy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      You forgot to mention that these could be drawings of the Verizon iPhone
      Verizon is getting the 3GS. Not iPhone 4
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by iRepairIndy View Post
      Yea Apple is pretty good at milking the market.

      iPhone with no 3G.. then the iPhone 3G and then 3GS.

      Now its the iPhone 4 with no 4G and then the iPhone 4 with faster CPU or more space and then the 4G network iPhone 4 lol
      IMO I feel 4G will come before a huge CPU / memory upgrade. I don't know about you guys, but i've never used my ip4 and thought "I wish this was faster" or "I wish I had more memory"

      I'd MUCH rather keep the same speed, but with more battery life.

      Considering if they add 4G they might need to upgrade the battery just to keep the same usage.
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      Could be a 4gs lol think about it there are new androids coming out with dual core 1ghz processors apple MUST!! put dual core processors in the next iPhone a single 1ghz isn't gonna work and apple needs the nvida graphics chip since the lg super phone has one and mayb 1Gb of ram im not an android fan boy I have an iPhone 4
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Could be iPhone 5 with the exact same design as iPhone 4 but with better hardware and a full silver metal band and not have those black things in the frame.

      No one here can prove its not iPhone 5 backplate, it could be 3GS all over again.

      I agree. I doubt it will be a big redesign
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iRepairIndy View Post
      Verizon is getting the 3GS. Not iPhone 4
      Sure it is! Are u Messany under an alias?
    1. 04blkoutstng's Avatar
      04blkoutstng -
      Quote Originally Posted by iRepairIndy View Post
      Verizon is getting the 3GS. Not iPhone 4
      I have to respectfully disagree. Perhaps you have inside information, but from the outside looking in it would seem very unlikely that Apple would let a generation old iphone debut on the largest carrier in the US when it (iphone in general) has already been bashed by verizon execs and android fanboys. Apple no longer manufactures 16 or 32gb iphone 3GSs and they obviously wouldnt want the only option on the network to be an 8 gig. More importantly though is that the 3gs has a lower resolution screen, worse battery, slower processor, lower mp camera and lacks a front facing camera compared to the I4. With such clear disadvantages in comparison to the features on current verizon phones, almost no one would want the iphone IMO. Existing AT&T customers wouldnt ditch their i4s for 3GSs (at least i dont think so), especially with all the drawbacks of verizon such as slower network, US only use and no voice and data simultaneously. If the 3GS debuted and not the i4, millions of people would refrain from switching and could likely be the biggest flop for a long time to come considering all of the hype over the last few years. Jobs wasn't named CEO of the decade by making bad decisions. I'll go ahead and call it: the 3GS has a 0% chance of going to Verizon.

      With that aside, can anyone make out the writing on the diagram/translate it to see if the dimensions are slightly different from the iphone 4? I'd say it's most likely a CDMA I4 or possible I5 since Rob2G said that there was a possible discrepancy in the rear housing and its unlikely they'd make a change mid-gen. I could see this being an I5 and apple starting a trend with design changes every 2 years which is common with manufacturers in multiple other market (i.e. mustang design every 5 years). At least i hope this is the case so that i can keep all of my accessories
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I REALLY wish that video was still up so that I could compare the two. It would be quite interesting if they both aligned.