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MacRumors
Oct 4, 2011, 02:34 AM
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CultofMac (http://www.cultofmac.com/120168/is-this-what-iphone-5-looks-like/) profiles one case manufacturer who remains confident in the tapered iPhone 5 design that has been circulating for months.

Hard Candy is in the process of manufacturing 50,000 of these cases and sending them to stores. The company based their cases on dimensions received by three different sources.

What stood out to us, however, was that their dimensions seem very different than the ones from other case manufacturers (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/03/iphone-5-cases-suggest-a-much-larger-device-with-a-4-screen/). The specs from Hard Candy include:- Large 4.44-inch screen.
- It is significantly bigger than the iPhone 4, but the case tapers, making it feel a lot thinner.
- Large, lozenge-shaped Home button (This is rumored to be integrated with new Assistant function, allowing tasks to be controlled by voice).While the general shape is identical to the other tapered designs, Hard Candy's cases fit an iPhone with a 4.44-inch screen. This is notably larger than the other cases that we've seen (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/03/iphone-5-cases-suggest-a-much-larger-device-with-a-4-screen/).

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/10/iPhone_5_screen11-500x598.jpg

(http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/10/iPhone_5_screen11.jpg)We're not sure why there is such a discrepancy, but at least some of these early cases are going to be wrong, if not all of them.

There's been some ongoing debate about whether or not Apple will release an iPhone 4-liked design or a new tapered design as shown above. Apple is holding their media event at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern on October 4th, so we'll find out soon enough.


Article Link: One Case Manufacturer Still Confident in Tapered iPhone 5 Design (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/04/one-case-manufacturer-still-confident-in-tapered-iphone-5-design/)



dethmaShine
Oct 4, 2011, 02:37 AM
Isn't iPhone6 already out? What is this iPhone5?

:cool:

Yumunum
Oct 4, 2011, 02:40 AM
4.4" screen? Immediate purchase

Wait... Maybe this'll be the lineup:

iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5S with a BIGGER SCREEN!

I'm kidding btw, don't take me seriously. I'm really tired right now so I realize that's probably not funny

Beatbeckham
Oct 4, 2011, 02:40 AM
I'm still confident of an iPhone 5. Thumbs up if you are too! :D :apple:

mavis
Oct 4, 2011, 02:46 AM
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I'd love to see this, but I'm still not counting on it. I hope Apple proves me wrong!

FrankySavvy
Oct 4, 2011, 02:50 AM
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I have butterflies in my stomach! :D

macduke
Oct 4, 2011, 02:51 AM
Wow, the screen on that one is a monster. Would Apple really go that big? I'm not even sure if I want one that big. I was thinking more around 4", but if I had to choose between this and a 3.5", I'd definitely pick this. Even if it cost $100 more.

I'm inclined to believe Hard Candy Cases as they're one of the better case makers out there. Especially if they have three sources. That's a lot of money to throw around.

So when they say tapered, do they mean tapered in the sense of an iPad 2 (which would be great) or do they mean the teardrop shape, which I've never held much stock in? I'm hoping for the tapered edges only. And if Apple goes this big, does that mean 720p display to keep it retina? And additional features, beyond Assistant, that could take advantage of such a monster screen? Some iPad gestures might even be useable on such a large screen. Here's to tomorrow! Whatever it brings, it will be new and shiny.

Star fox
Oct 4, 2011, 02:57 AM
So when they say tapered, do they mean tapered in the sense of an iPad 2 (which would be great) or do they mean the teardrop shape, which I've never held much stock in? I'm hoping for the tapered edges only.
According to the drawings posted by CoM, it'll be both.

marksman
Oct 4, 2011, 03:16 AM
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For 3GS touch right?

xraydoc
Oct 4, 2011, 03:27 AM
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I think, unfortunately, that this pretty much rules out the iPhone 5. Too many differing designs, no leaks or other evidence...
I predict iPhone 4S only (not counting a cheaper iPhone 4).

lellis2k
Oct 4, 2011, 03:33 AM
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I'm so nervous, I'm not sure if more but differing iPhone 5 cases is a good or bad thing, I'm hoping it means we're getting one! and if the screen is that size (can't see it happening) I would love it!

Daniel1895
Oct 4, 2011, 04:08 AM
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Go poop them out lol (playing)

Gav2k
Oct 4, 2011, 04:22 AM
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It's for the new iPod touch!

mrmicp
Oct 4, 2011, 04:26 AM
I'm currently a 3G'er and i'm a big fan of the iPhone 4 design and initally all I wanted was a bumped up iPhone 4 spec for the up and coming iPhone 4s/5.

BUT with all these rumours over the past few months i'm suddenly having a feeling that I'm going to be disaapointed if we DON'T see a re-design....

Anyway it's 10.30am here in the UK and in approx 7 and 1/2 hours I don't know how I will feel about whats unveiled :confused:

mec31
Oct 4, 2011, 04:36 AM
That shape is not a 'lozenge'. Look up the definition (a lozenge is diamond shaped).

ARM1968
Oct 4, 2011, 04:36 AM
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No need for nerves. We can't change anything. Apple will reveal what they do. My information says there is an iPhone 5. No info on screen dimension. 4.44" does seem a little large and goes beyond most best guesses. However, Hard Candy are a good quality outfit and are unlikely to be flushing money down the toilet for no reason.

Yumunum
Oct 4, 2011, 04:39 AM
I've come to the conclusion that it will not be the iPhone 5

It will be the 3GSSS

bushido
Oct 4, 2011, 04:41 AM
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It's for the new iPod touch!

yes cuz they'd make the lil bro better than the iPhone ...

Brocc
Oct 4, 2011, 04:52 AM
Why "notably larger"? Were the Case-mate cases ever measured? Aren't these measurements fairly consistent with the 3rd party case that MR obtained on September 3rd and measured with calipers at 4.7"x2.6" and with an implied screen size of 4" if the margins were the same as for iPhone 4 but >4" if the margins were reduced (i.e. in an edge-to-edge display)?

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/03/iphone-5-cases-suggest-a-much-larger-device-with-a-4-screen/

MR's alternative (smaller) dimensions used for its mock-up were determined by using the 30-pin dock as a reference from the leaked design drawings. I would have thought that this method is more prone to inaccuracy.

But clearly, even if all the new form factor cases ARE consistent in size, there is not a shred of evidence that the design is for the iPhone 5 or that we will be seeing it today.

ARM1968
Oct 4, 2011, 05:03 AM
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Absence of evidence is not, er, evidence of absence.

I am 100% certain there will be an iPhone 5. Do this right and APP see a 5% stock bump over the next two weeks. Do it wrong and it'll be a 5-10% drop over the same period.

Northgrove
Oct 4, 2011, 05:22 AM
Heh, before purchasing something that big, I think I'd need to check how it'd feel in my pocket when sitting down at some Apple store first.

ARM1968
Oct 4, 2011, 05:25 AM
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4"'s in your pocket too much?

reitex
Oct 4, 2011, 05:27 AM
Shrink this down to size and all of the dimensions overly pretty much exactly (and more precisely than the other teardrop cases) with the iPhone icon found in the iPhoto beta a few weeks ago. Gives one hope. Can't wait for the keynote.

Adey
Oct 4, 2011, 05:30 AM
Guess they're doing it just in case?

Gav2k
Oct 4, 2011, 05:31 AM
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It's for the new iPod touch!

yes cuz they'd make the lil bro better than the iPhone ...

The iPod touch like the iPad is a multimedia device. The iPhone's primary focus is being a..... well....a phone!

AnthonyHarris
Oct 4, 2011, 05:32 AM
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These cases could be made for any number of android devices coming onto the Market. Any smart phone manufacturer can put a headphone jack and buttons where these cases holes are located. Many are wanting to 'officially' beat Apple in the thinnest catergory and a few are almost there, minus camera humps and bumps.

This along with the screen protectors leaked a few weeks back are no longer likely to be 'exclusive' to Apple because we are being flooded with more and more Androids every day. So no. Sorry if I have trouble believing these 'belong' to an unreleased product.

bushido
Oct 4, 2011, 05:33 AM
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The iPod touch like the iPad is a multimedia device. The iPhone's primary focus is being a..... well....a phone!

my antenna speaks a different story ;)

Gav2k
Oct 4, 2011, 05:35 AM
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The iPod touch like the iPad is a multimedia device. The iPhone's primary focus is being a..... well....a phone!

my antenna speaks a different story ;)

Yet I suffer no such issue! Lol

Frankied22
Oct 4, 2011, 05:40 AM
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: redesigned iPhone 5 incoming. :)

Star fox
Oct 4, 2011, 05:41 AM
yes cuz they'd make the lil bro better than the iPhone ...
Thank you, I've been saying that since some people started to think that all these rumours about a device with a bigger screen than the iPhone 4 could be related to a new iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch has always been cheaper than the iPhone, its specs have always been worse, and I don't see why it would change now.

TheyCallMeErb
Oct 4, 2011, 06:08 AM
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If this were true, you'd have a helluva time reaching across the screen with one hand.

Shrink
Oct 4, 2011, 06:11 AM
Guess they're doing it just in case?

Ba-Da-Boom!!

(You should be ashamed...:rolleyes:)

AmpSkillz
Oct 4, 2011, 06:15 AM
Thank you, I've been saying that since some people started to think that all these rumours about a device with a bigger screen than the iPhone 4 could be related to a new iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch has always been cheaper than the iPhone, its specs have always been worse, and I don't see why it would change now.

I wouldn't say the specs are always worse, aren't the processors usually clocked higher than the iPhone?

the iPod is more and more a gaming device and a slightly larger screen would make sense in that aspect.

of course if they are really discontinuing the classic, I am not sure they would leave the iPod line with a nano and a larger touch though.

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If this were true, you'd have a helluva time reaching across the screen with one hand.

umm.. no

Fainer
Oct 4, 2011, 06:22 AM
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4"'s in your pocket too much?


4" would not bother me at all. I am used to carrying a 7 to 8 inch item all the time. ;)

juannacho
Oct 4, 2011, 06:24 AM
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I really hope there's a nice new phone after all this time, but regarding these cases? Well call me a cynic, but is there any evidence that Hard Candy have ACTUALLY put down money, or tooled any machines for production?

If not, they've Photoshopped/rendered up a few pictures and grabbed some amazing free publicity whilst the hype reaches fever pitch?!

lentini
Oct 4, 2011, 06:28 AM
4" would not bother me at all. I am used to carrying a 7 to 8 inch item all the time. ;)

Why do you own a Dell Streak? They're rubbish.

pewra
Oct 4, 2011, 06:29 AM
If not, they've Photoshopped/rendered up a few pictures and grabbed some amazing free publicity whilst the hype reaches fever pitch?!

Possibly.
Interesting decision to have the 'iPhones' rendered in different colors though.


While it sounds like a big device. It's really not.
If I didn't have a real one next to it, I wouldn't have picked that it was any larger.

http://cl.ly/1Z013Q0B2H1x0P2K2e13/IMG_0025.JPG

iPhone 2G for scale.

ArtOfWarfare
Oct 4, 2011, 06:32 AM
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I really hope there's a nice new phone after all this time, but regarding these cases? Well call me a cynic, but is there any evidence that Hard Candy have ACTUALLY put down money, or tooled any machines for production?

If not, they've Photoshopped/rendered up a few pictures and grabbed some amazing free publicity whilst the hype reaches fever pitch?!

In order to be sure they're on the market when the initial rush of people go to get the iPhone 5 when it's first released, they have to have already made the cases. The ten days between reveal and launch won't give them enough time to tool up, make the cases, and ship them to stores.

So, yes, they've already put their money where their mouth is.

blackcrayon
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Yet I suffer no such issue! Lol

I kinda disagree that any smartphone's primary purpose is the phone... The phone part hardly even changes from generation to generation, yet they are constantly pumping up the GPU, RAM, and all sorts of other capabilities. I think the smartphone's primary purpose is a multipurpose handheld with always on data.

juannacho
Oct 4, 2011, 06:49 AM
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If not, they've Photoshopped/rendered up a few pictures and grabbed some amazing free publicity whilst the hype reaches fever pitch?!

Possibly.
Interesting decision to have the 'iPhones' rendered in different colors though.


While it sounds like a big device. It's really not.
If I didn't have the rendering next to it, I wouldn't have picked that it was any larger.

http://cl.ly/1Z013Q0B2H1x0P2K2e13/IMG_0025.JPG

iPhone 2G for scale.

True enough! Can't remember where, been all over the net with this (dying 3GS badly needs replacing) but I do recall seeing a print ad somewhere for the "iPhone 5" that showed a swatch of available colours.

I'm in Oz so the outcome of all this will have to wait until morning, but I've never seen excitement like this for any hardware announcement.

I wouldn't be so hopeless as to 'threaten' Apple with my defection to Android, but if the 4S is all they've got I'll probably just dip into whatever the 'cheap' iPhone 4 ends up being...

Presumably the aerial will at least have been fixed ;)

pewra
Oct 4, 2011, 06:55 AM
I'm in Oz so the outcome of all this will have to wait until morning, but I've never seen excitement like this for any hardware announcement.

Same brother. Rocking the assessments tonight though, so no doubt I'll be up to see the tweet storm.


Presumably the aerial will at least have been fixed ;)

It's never fixed if you're on Vodafone ;)

rgravell
Oct 4, 2011, 07:04 AM
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i tend to think everyones missing the revolutionary/evolutionary history for the iphone. the iphone 4 was revolutionary, and the next phone up (be it iphone 4s or 5) will be evolutionary. theres no evidence whatsoever to point to a fully redesigned iphone...and dont point to the "leaked design spec" sheet. the media and fanboys need to give it up, because theyre all gonna whine and cry when they were wrong.

Star fox
Oct 4, 2011, 07:13 AM
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i tend to think everyones missing the revolutionary/evolutionary history for the iphone. the iphone 4 was revolutionary, and the next phone up (be it iphone 4s or 5) will be evolutionary. theres no evidence whatsoever to point to a fully redesigned iphone...and dont point to the "leaked design spec" sheet. the media and fanboys need to give it up, because theyre all gonna whine and cry when they were wrong.
The iPhone 4, revolutionary ? Because it was redesigned ? It was probably the best smartphone on the market when it came out, but that's not what I call revolutionary.

For me, only the first iPhone was. Then we've had a lot of nice updates, but nothing as groundbreaking as the first one.

QCassidy352
Oct 4, 2011, 07:17 AM
The iPhone 4, revolutionary ? Because it was redesigned ? It was probably the best smartphone on the market when it came out, but that's not what I call revolutionary.

For me, only the first iPhone was. Then we've had a lot of nice updates, but nothing as groundbreaking as the first one.

There isn't going to be something as revolutionary as that, probably for a long long time. Once the market is established, it's evolutionary. Just look at desktop computers.

Frankied22
Oct 4, 2011, 07:21 AM
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Redesigned iPhone 5 at 10 am pacific time.

RoboCop001
Oct 4, 2011, 07:24 AM
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I don't know about the tapered design. Wouldn't it feel weird holding it in landscape?

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The iPod touch like the iPad is a multimedia device. The iPhone's primary focus is being a..... well....a phone!

Actually, I think the whole point of the iPhone is it's a book, TV, computer, wallet, camera, video recorder, phone... all in your pocket. When was the last time you lugged a camera around with you? Or dragged a fat hard-cover to work with you so you could read the latest NY Times best-seller? Please. The phone is one element. A friend tellingly told me yesterday he can't wait for the new phone. All his friends have iPhones and he's sick of carrying around a Blackberry, iPod and a phone. He wants everything combined into one... And there you have it. It isn't, well, just a phone at all.

Leonjah90
Oct 4, 2011, 07:28 AM
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I doubt the images of the cases above are for a new iPhone. Reason being there is no hole to access the mute switch. This looks Like a case for iPod touch

pewra
Oct 4, 2011, 07:35 AM
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I doubt the images of the cases above are for a new iPhone. Reason being there is no hole to access the mute switch. This looks Like a case for iPod touch

It's on the other side.

ARM1968
Oct 4, 2011, 07:36 AM
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The only area at the moment where we will see mild revolution is in the software. Hardware is now evolutionary at best.

Assistant sounds good, but I cannot see people in the train or the bus, sitting in a cafe or coffee shop, actually talking to their phone. It's not like a call to another person. Self consciousness kicks in for 90% of us and it will just feel uncomfortable!

AnthonyHarris
Oct 4, 2011, 07:46 AM
Possibly.
Interesting decision to have the 'iPhones' rendered in different colors though.


While it sounds like a big device. It's really not.
If I didn't have a real one next to it, I wouldn't have picked that it was any larger.

Image (http://cl.ly/1Z013Q0B2H1x0P2K2e13/IMG_0025.JPG)

iPhone 2G for scale.

Looks like the same footprint of the iPhone 4 to me. Maybe we will see an edge to edge display (much like the first iPhone) but to the dimensions of iPhone 4's current antenna 'band'.

IMO That is what this image seems to be depicting. It STILL doesn't mean a complete overhaul in design though. I doubt a slimmer 'tapered' form factor is even possible unless the footprint grows in size, because the iPhone 4's tech is packed quite tightly as it is... AND as someone quite rightly pointed out to me once before, if it gets much slimmer, they won't have the room for a decent camera sensor.

lucas123
Oct 4, 2011, 07:58 AM
Bingo. This is the one.:apple:

Tonewheel
Oct 4, 2011, 08:07 AM
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I hope there is no iPhone 5, so I never have to see any of these fugly cases!

msb3079
Oct 4, 2011, 08:10 AM
Looks like the same footprint of the iPhone 4 to me. Maybe we will see an edge to edge display (much like the first iPhone) but to the dimensions of iPhone 4's current antenna 'band'.

IMO That is what this image seems to be depicting. It STILL doesn't mean a complete overhaul in design though. I doubt a slimmer 'tapered' form factor is even possible unless the footprint grows in size, because the iPhone 4's tech is packed quite tightly as it is... AND as someone quite rightly pointed out to me once before, if it gets much slimmer, they won't have the room for a decent camera sensor.

How was the first iPhone "edge to edge"? It had more gaps than the current one.

Jared1990
Oct 4, 2011, 08:11 AM
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Maybe this is a new iPod touch... Larger replacing the iPod classic.

adildacoolset
Oct 4, 2011, 08:21 AM
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: redesigned iPhone 5 incoming. :)

Hey, that's my line!

Peterg2
Oct 4, 2011, 08:21 AM
I'll repeat what I have said earlier, the iphone 4S will be announced today and the iphone 5 will *also* be announced today but availability (at least widespread) of the latter will be in Q1 2012. One rumour which I personally gave credence to was that stated a few months ago that there were design and manufacturing issues with the 5.

cheeseplane
Oct 4, 2011, 08:22 AM
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This ain't gonna happen as far as I'm concerned. An edge to edge screen with the current dimensions (or slightly bigger) is my bet. >4" phones aren't comfortable to hold with one hand.

jamesryanbell
Oct 4, 2011, 08:26 AM
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I'd wager $100 on iPhone 4S only, plus an 8GB iPhone 4 if I was a betting man. No way there would be that little info leaked about iPhone 5. We'd have gotten more info, and there wouldn't just be one case manufacturer making cases that fit. Of course, I could be eating my words in about three and. Half hours. :)

Star fox
Oct 4, 2011, 08:28 AM
It's on the other side.
Not to mention there's a SIM slot on the drawings.

Half Glass
Oct 4, 2011, 08:28 AM
probably not an iPhone 5, but an iPod Touch

Les Kern
Oct 4, 2011, 08:28 AM
Three different sources justified making this case? If they are off my 1/10th of an inch it's all just useless plastic bits. Makes no sense to me why they'd do this. My gut says they know.

Adidas Addict
Oct 4, 2011, 08:40 AM
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jfrancis04
Oct 4, 2011, 08:43 AM
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How sure are you?

smotheredhope
Oct 4, 2011, 08:45 AM
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Sweet!!! Only a couple hours till the horrible let down.

Adidas Addict
Oct 4, 2011, 08:48 AM
how sure are you?

97.8564%

Frankied22
Oct 4, 2011, 08:50 AM
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how sure are you?

97.8564%

I'm 100% sure. Redesigned iPhone 5 today. Boom.

dexthageek
Oct 4, 2011, 08:52 AM
Wow, I have a feeling all these case manufacturers are going to be out of quite a bit of money.

nylonsteel
Oct 4, 2011, 08:53 AM
re original article

garish design patterns

crazy4apple
Oct 4, 2011, 08:57 AM
one things for sure Apple have definately bluffed this hand, the will they won't they produce a bigger screen iphone has definately intrigued the media, analysts, tech geeks, nerds and consumers and even the most die hard apple fans

like me lol :D well done apple. 1 things for sure media event today is going to be off the hook :)

nitro230
Oct 4, 2011, 09:04 AM
I'm currently a 3G'er and i'm a big fan of the iPhone 4 design and initally all I wanted was a bumped up iPhone 4 spec for the up and coming iPhone 4s/5.

BUT with all these rumours over the past few months i'm suddenly having a feeling that I'm going to be disaapointed if we DON'T see a re-design....

Anyway it's 10.30am here in the UK and in approx 7 and 1/2 hours I don't know how I will feel about whats unveiled :confused:

This is exactly how I feel. Back in May I was all set for an iPhone 4 looking device with with upgraded internals to come out in June/July and was fully content with that. Now that the wait time has increased drastically and with all the rumors of a new design with a bigger screen I feel like I am going to be extremely disappointed/pissed off if all they come out with is a 4s and even though I know I will end up getting it anyway, it is starting to make me doubt my choice and want to look at the new galaxy s2 of windows phones instead.

I feel that if having the new iPhone come out in oct instead of the usual june/july timeline was solely to get more holiday sales than doing it now (assuming it is only a 4s) is a huge mistake. Im sure a lot more people who were completely fine with a 4s device back in may/june will be very disappointed today if no redesigned iPhone 5 comes out.

admanimal
Oct 4, 2011, 09:15 AM
I'll repeat what I have said earlier, the iphone 4S will be announced today and the iphone 5 will *also* be announced today but availability (at least widespread) of the latter will be in Q1 2012.

That would be a fantastic plan if Apple wanted to sell exactly 0 iPhone 4S's.

tripjammer
Oct 4, 2011, 09:20 AM
I will say this one more time...There will be an redesigned Iphone 5!

We will see it in less than 4 hours!

Steve Jobs will be there to.

Apple Stock is gonna go through the roof!

The 64gb version is gonna be $299!

milo
Oct 4, 2011, 09:21 AM
Has there ever been an iPhone/iPod release where case manufacturers ended up making them for a model that wasn't released?

It's weird, it sure looks like a feature bump today and no new design but if that's what happens there will be a lot of cases going into landfills. Do the case companies have the inside scoop on an otherwise well-kept secret, or did they all just make a wild guess this time around and blow it?

ARM1968
Oct 4, 2011, 09:23 AM
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Tick toxk

SkippyThorson
Oct 4, 2011, 09:34 AM
Guess they're doing it just in case?

*Rimshot* I lol'd. :p It's too early for serious iPhone debate. The event is going to begin in 2 and a half hours already... However, it's never too early for cheap lol's.

sulpfiction
Oct 4, 2011, 09:37 AM
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Hello Apple, whatcha knowin'? I've come to watch your iPhone growin'..Hope u got redesign for me. Apple I trust u,..please don't screw me...da did di da da da da, please don't screw me.

pewra
Oct 4, 2011, 09:39 AM
Has there ever been an iPhone/iPod release where case manufacturers ended up making them for a model that wasn't released?


The third generation with a camera appeared in American retail shops, but shipped without the camera; even though the internals have room for one, and a prototype was seen sporting one.

Peterg2
Oct 4, 2011, 09:39 AM
That would be a fantastic plan if Apple wanted to sell exactly 0 iPhone 4S's.

I think the problem is the definition of what a 4S will be and a 5 will be. Assuming the 4S will be a device with little outward physical change but with a processor boost amongst others and the 5 with a physical redesign, larger screen they are at different price points. Think of the worldwide market and entry into new and less affluent countries.

milo
Oct 4, 2011, 09:47 AM
The third generation with a camera appeared in American retail shops, but shipped without the camera; even though the internals have room for one, and a prototype was seen sporting one.

True, thanks for the example. But in that case not having the camera just meant the case had an extra hole it didn't need, right? I assume the cases still fit and they probably sold them (maybe with a bit of a discount?). In this situations it's completely different dimensions so if the rumor is wrong it seems like these cases would be totally worthless.

Adidas Addict
Oct 4, 2011, 09:49 AM
True, thanks for the example. But in that case not having the camera just meant the case had an extra hole it didn't need, right? I assume the cases still fit and they probably sold them (maybe with a bit of a discount?). In this situations it's completely different dimensions so if the rumor is wrong it seems like these cases would be totally worthless.

and tooling ain't cheap.

MacSince1990
Oct 4, 2011, 09:54 AM
I'd wager $100 on iPhone 4S only, plus an 8GB iPhone 4 if I was a betting man. No way there would be that little info leaked about iPhone 5. :)

You're kidding right? You don't think Apple's capable of keeping something completely under wraps? It actually wouldn't be that difficult.

pewra
Oct 4, 2011, 09:57 AM
and tooling ain't cheap.

Seeing as these cases probably only cost $0.30 each (based on DealExtreme prices), a batch of 30,000 would only set the company back 10 grand or do. Given the markup on the things, imagine how much money they could make if they sell them all in the few weeks after launch.

Even at $15 each, that's an easy half a mil- with a bit of risk.

kblack
Oct 4, 2011, 10:43 AM
I think this case is for the new :apple:TV portable device. :rolleyes:

rgravell
Oct 4, 2011, 10:49 AM
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who was talking about smartphones as a whole? we were talking iphones. apple has followed the revolution/evolution path with its iphone the whole time. the 3gs was evolutionary, iphone 4 revolutionary and the 4s/5 will be evolutionary. same form factor, better gear inside.

Frenchjay
Oct 4, 2011, 11:19 AM
Possibly.
Interesting decision to have the 'iPhones' rendered in different colors though.


While it sounds like a big device. It's really not.
If I didn't have a real one next to it, I wouldn't have picked that it was any larger.

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iPhone 2G for scale.

For the love of god please :o

sulpfiction
Oct 4, 2011, 11:41 AM
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Hello Apple, whatcha knowin'? I've come to watch your iPhone growin'..Hope u got redesign for me. Apple I trust u,..please don't screw me...da did di da da da da, please don't screw me.

Wow..Only 3 vote downs. I thought for sure double digits. Even worse then my post is the fact that I was actually singing it in my car. Yup, to say I'm a bit obsessed & a little weird would be an understatement. ;)

dshan
Oct 4, 2011, 05:31 PM
I guess it's hard cheese for Hard Candy... :)

hob
Oct 4, 2011, 05:50 PM
There's a reason why a 3.5" screen is best for a handheld device. If you want a bigger screen, get an iPad.

http://next.dustincurtis.com/2011/10/03/3-point-5-inches/

jvaska
Oct 4, 2011, 06:17 PM
Having visited Seoul, Korea this year and having eaten many amazing kimchi's I have insider knowledge regarding the situation.

Those cases are for the new Samsung™ iPhone 5™.

Oh wait...

Perhaps they decided against using that name though.

;)

Mymacwill
Oct 4, 2011, 09:18 PM
Oh, my, what a sad thread.....

DanShockley
Oct 4, 2011, 09:23 PM
carrying a 7 to 8 inch item all the time. ;)

I think I've heard on TV that you're supposed to call your doctor if it's more than 4 hours. :-)

chocolaterabbit
Oct 4, 2011, 11:45 PM
You're kidding right? You don't think Apple's capable of keeping something completely under wraps? It actually wouldn't be that difficult.

If they are making millions and millions of iphones ahead of the launch, what are the chances someone along the supply chain won't leak something? Wouldn't be that difficult? don't make me laugh.


We've seen iphone 4s leaks weeks before. people just didn't want to believe that they were the new iphone, because they wanted to believe in the 5.