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MacRumors
Aug 17, 2011, 02:50 PM
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Yesterday, as part of a report detailing a rumored timeframe (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/16/apple-shooting-for-iphone-5-pre-orders-on-september-30th-with-october-7th-launch/) for iPhone 5 pre-order and launch dates, 9to5Mac included an image of what appears to be an iPhone display assembly production line that had been posted to Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. The photo was also posted to the forums (http://bbs.weiphone.com/read-htm-tid-2709830.html) at Chinese site WeiPhone.com with a different watermark, so it is unclear what the original source of the image is.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/08/iphone_display_assembly_production.jpg


While the image is not of high enough resolution to make definitive statements about the display might look like, the front panels appear very similar to those of the iPhone 4 but may be slightly larger. Suggestions of an elongated home button area have also been made, although it looks to us more like a sticker in the general vicinity of the home button hole due to an irregular shape and an inconsistent appearance from panel to panel presumably due to slight differences in the placement of the sticker.

M.I.C gadget reports (http://micgadget.com/14738/is-wintek-producing-the-iphone-5-screen-right-now/) that a reply to the original message on Sina Weibo claimed that the picture must have been taken at display manufacturer Wintek's facilities, although it is unclear if that is a specific claim or simply speculation.

It seems impossible to make any definitive statements about whether the display assemblies shown in the photo differ from those used in the iPhone 4, and so we are primarily posting the photo for interest and discussion.

Article Link: Photo of Possible iPhone 5 Display Assembly Production Surfaces (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/17/photo-of-possible-iphone-5-display-assembly-production-surfaces/)



ouimetnick
Aug 17, 2011, 02:53 PM
They look like the workers in Intel's production plants all dressed up like that. Must be a clean room.

res1233
Aug 17, 2011, 02:54 PM
They look like the workers in Intel's production plants all dressed up like that. Must be a clean room.

Hope that camera's clean.

apttap
Aug 17, 2011, 02:56 PM
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They look like the workers in Intel's production plants all dressed up like that. Must be a clean room.

I thought they were ninjas, or something.

wackymacky
Aug 17, 2011, 03:02 PM
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They look like members of some secreat sect.

Doesn't look like they can have a smoke on the job.

Wait a second, the guy on the right has a nostril showing. I don't want one he's working on; I might get a nose hair under my screen!

theotherjake
Aug 17, 2011, 03:04 PM
They look like iPhone 4's to me.

xFenixKnightx
Aug 17, 2011, 03:07 PM
I rotated and zoomed. Yup, bigger display. :):apple::)

testcard
Aug 17, 2011, 03:09 PM
Those guys are dressed for handling alien life-forms.

xFenixKnightx
Aug 17, 2011, 03:09 PM
They look like iPhone 4's to me.

Top and bottom bezel are too small for it to be the 4.

nunes013
Aug 17, 2011, 03:13 PM
well if it is true. it looks like larger display and possible elongated home button. only a couple more weeks should tell. the first batch of iPhone 5's should be ending production fairly soon.

res1233
Aug 17, 2011, 03:14 PM
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I thought they were ninjas, or something.

White ninjas. So now we know where that ninja who drove into the Apple store went! It looks like he now has a following.

nerdo
Aug 17, 2011, 03:16 PM
The suits are so even really ugly people can work there without being made fun of.

chrmjenkins
Aug 17, 2011, 03:27 PM
Also kind of looks like the Galaxy S2 front. I don't think we have any guarantee these are actual apple parts here. http://cdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/samsung_galaxy_s_2_leak-441x500.jpg

There may be more curvature on the sides where the buttons resides, but it's hard to tell from the picture.

Vol7ron
Aug 17, 2011, 03:35 PM
Also kind of looks like the Galaxy S2 front. I don't think we have any guarantee these are actual apple parts here. Image (http://cdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/samsung_galaxy_s_2_leak-441x500.jpg)

There may be more curvature on the sides where the buttons resides, but it's hard to tell from the picture.

Oh boy.....Apple's gonna get sued by Samsung for stealing the design of the Galaxy S2...

baryon
Aug 17, 2011, 03:44 PM
Wow, I guess this is to avoid dust getting under the glass before they seal it.

winston1236
Aug 17, 2011, 03:45 PM
if this were a fake photo they should at least be given a reward for the effort

testcard
Aug 17, 2011, 03:45 PM
Wow, I guess this is to avoid dust getting under the glass before they seal it.

Unless it's iDust, which as we know has magical properties.

2 Replies
Aug 17, 2011, 03:49 PM
Anyone else find it humorous that the displays they're using are not Apple displays or iMacs?
You'd think that an Apple manufacturer would be required by Apple to be brand-loyal. ;-p
Well whatever the case actually is, we can all be self-deluded and convince ourselves that they're connected to Minis or Pros. :rolleyes:

Mike Oxard
Aug 17, 2011, 03:57 PM
Anyone else find it humorous that the displays they're using are not Apple displays or iMacs?
You'd think that an Apple manufacturer would be required by Apple to be brand-loyal. ;-p
Well whatever the case actually is, we can all be self-deluded and convince ourselves that they're connected to Minis or Pros. :rolleyes:

The displays are attached to a microscope, they don't look like computer monitors.

AreYouIn?
Aug 17, 2011, 04:01 PM
I just want them to announce this thing already!

bitWrangler
Aug 17, 2011, 04:17 PM
Anyone else find it humorous that the displays they're using are not Apple displays or iMacs?
You'd think that an Apple manufacturer would be required by Apple to be brand-loyal. ;-p
Well whatever the case actually is, we can all be self-deluded and convince ourselves that they're connected to Minis or Pros. :rolleyes:

No, not really. You do realize that Wintek makes lots of stuff for folks other than Apple (not to mention their own labeled products) :rolleyes: ? Given that they're a Chinese company, I'd expect to see Lenovo stuff used in production (or some other Chinese label) vs an American company like Apple.

Detlev
Aug 17, 2011, 04:38 PM
This is definite confirmation that Apple is not abandoning the iPhone product line. Few! :D

number9
Aug 17, 2011, 04:53 PM
Hard to really tell, butmthey do look bigger than your average iPhone, if they're for an iphone at all. The bezel portion nearest to the camera looks thinner than the bottom, kind of like most of the mockups we've seen.

We shall see.

coder12
Aug 17, 2011, 04:59 PM
From a quick glance it kind of looks like they're all dressed up in rabbit costumes..

applesith
Aug 17, 2011, 05:26 PM
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Why is everyone surprised by the clean room? What did you expect?

bushido
Aug 17, 2011, 05:43 PM
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i think those r samsung galaxy s II actually

louis Fashion
Aug 17, 2011, 05:52 PM
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Why is everyone surprised by the clean room? What did you expect?

I would EXPECT happy AMERICAN workers - with jobs, paychecks, you know, stuff that will never happen again.

nylonsteel
Aug 17, 2011, 06:34 PM
re pic of clean room peeps

ahh - i relate to these people in bunny suits - glad i dont have to work on a test floor no mo - though miss going thru the vacuum tunnel and doing the twirly gig dance

iKnew it
Aug 17, 2011, 07:41 PM
Just think about the size that the iPhone apps have on the iPad emulator. I think that, if there is any change on the screen size, it will be to that very dimension.
Even though, I think the 3,5" makes sense for a phone. I haven't ever tried a 4" display, but I'm wondering if I can reach every corner of it without using both hands, in other words, only using my thumb (that's the way I use my iPhone, and it is indeed the fastest way to use it.

striker33
Aug 17, 2011, 08:05 PM
Also kind of looks like the Galaxy S2 front. I don't think we have any guarantee these are actual apple parts here. Image (http://cdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/samsung_galaxy_s_2_leak-441x500.jpg)

There may be more curvature on the sides where the buttons resides, but it's hard to tell from the picture.

If the iPhone 5 does have that elongated home button you can bet that Samsung will be on their ass demanding an injunction.

applesith
Aug 17, 2011, 08:10 PM
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Well you are delusional. Unless you and everyone else wants to pay more than twice as much for your apple toys, not gonna happen.

Clean rooms have nothing to do with American vs. over seas.

ChrisTX
Aug 17, 2011, 08:38 PM
I would EXPECT happy AMERICAN workers - with jobs, paychecks, you know, stuff that will never happen again.

I'd rather have a cheaper iPhone, call me selfish but Apple products aren't always cheap, and American made Apple products would be far too expensive.

kdarling
Aug 17, 2011, 08:43 PM
Ninjas? Clean room suits? Hardly.

I can't believe that no one has figured out why they're wearing those suits to cover up their bodies:

Clearly, it's to hide the fact that they're Oompa Loompas.

marshallbedsaul
Aug 17, 2011, 11:03 PM
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Regardless neat look inside

wackymacky
Aug 17, 2011, 11:30 PM
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Why is everyone surprised by the clean room? What did you expect?

I would EXPECT happy AMERICAN workers - with jobs, paychecks, you know, stuff that will never happen again.

Never say never. Perhaps in 50 years when the standard of living in china and Korea exceeds the West, our grandkids will have jobs making thier playthings.

AIP5
Aug 18, 2011, 12:43 AM
Damn, I hate it when people complain about Apple's products being made in China... Ironically, some of these people are the same people who are complaining about "socialism" and government over-regulating various industries....
This is just capitalism at its best, and this is what we sign up for when we decide to live in a capitalistic country. :eek:

On a more relative note... those buttons do look like stickers rather than an "elongated home button." Though, I'm really hoping for an elongated/gesture based home button. Can you imagine swiping left and right on the home button to switch between apps? That'd be too legit! :)

Patriot24
Aug 18, 2011, 01:00 AM
When I saw this photo yesterday with the bit about the elongated home button I laughed. I'm not sure how you would see an elongated home button in this image. There are clearly stickers or something of the sort there. Sounds like people trying to make the image fit their expectations instead of the other way around.

AnthonyHarris
Aug 18, 2011, 01:20 AM
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Regardless of which phone it is, that is obviously the inside of the screen, so its impossible to say the size or shape of the home button. Honestly though... When has Apple ever put something that isn't round as an imput button on the front of their devices? I think the elongated home button is hidious and rather pointless. They don't squidge, they make things smaller. (iPod mini to iPod Nano click wheel, for example) or non existant, like the iPhone, with no physical buttons/keyboards on the front of the device, other than the home button.

We won't be getting a mac rumors members mockup as the final iPhone 5 design people. Stop living in a dreamland.

omegaphil6
Aug 18, 2011, 05:06 AM
elongated home button designed for swiping seems redundant as the whole screen can do the exact same thing.

pewra
Aug 18, 2011, 10:55 AM
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Regardless of which phone it is, that is obviously the inside of the screen, so its impossible to say the size or shape of the home button.

Not quite, those are glass front panels. All iPhone models have had a hole in the glass, with a plastic plug acting as the button. Have a look at the iPhone 3G glass:

http://www.macfixit.com.au/shop/images/uploads/product_pics/iPhone/Parts/iphone-glass.jpg

The little curved ribbon cable for the proximity sensor looks logical in the rumoured photo, but wait- isn't the iPhone 4 screen bonded to the glass? I can't imagine Apple departing from that.

While I am inclined to think that chrmjenkins is correct, the scales don't look quite right

AIP5
Aug 19, 2011, 02:40 AM
elongated home button designed for swiping seems redundant as the whole screen can do the exact same thing.

Yeah, but instead of having something like 2 finger swipe on a <4" screen to switch between apps, an elongated gesture home button would be a genius way of going about it. I'm really envious of the gestures that the iPad got, but then again, I definitely don't want to look like a fool trying to fit four or even three fingers on a <4" screen to do some sort of gesture..

obamtl
Aug 19, 2011, 11:02 AM
elongated home button designed for swiping seems redundant as the whole screen can do the exact same thing.

I believe it is for a different 'type' of swiping gesture. The screen is too small for the 3 or 4 finger swipes that you have in the iPad (on iOS 5). Making the area around the button 'swipeable' allows you to add a separate swipe gesture to swipe from one app to another, besides the swiping gesture on the screen, within an app itself.

I actually am not convinced that the button will be elliptical. I think it will remain round because that is 'elegant'. However, the screen glass on both sides of the round home button could capture swipe gestures over the button itself. This is not only more elegant, it is also cheaper. Because much of the glass itself comes with capacitive touch, so adding an extra few square mm of touch on that same glass is not a big deal. However, making the button itself also 'touch' involves unnecessary costs.

The autocad drawings used for all those China cases, I suspect that Apple requires clear space on both sides of the button, which is what may have been interpreted as a larger button.

m9enus
Aug 20, 2011, 04:53 PM
may be the elongated home button is actually two buttons.. one home and other dedicated for something like camera...

S7A2G6
Aug 23, 2011, 01:59 PM
Yup. It's a phone.