Claimed Rear Shell with Sides for Next-Generation iPhone Surfaces [Updated x2]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    9to5Mac reports that iPhone repair firm iFixyouri has received information on a new part claimed to be the rear shell for the next-generation iPhone. The part is reportedly made of an aluminum alloy that integrates both the rear panel and sides for the device.


    Notably, the part is relatively consistent with previous claims that the next-generation iPhone would integrate a "metal panel" to the center section of the device's back, but in reality the panel appears to simply be a different finish applied to that portion of the casing.

    With the part also including the device's edges, a port for a smaller dock connector can also be seen, as well as larger speaker and microphone grills. The part's source claims that Apple will take advantage of the space freed up by shrinking the dock connector to enhance speaker performance in the next-generation iPhone.

    Finally, the supplier claims that the part is showing up not only in black and white, but also in two other unspecified colors, although it is unclear whether those colors would make it to final production.

    Update: The part appears to show the headphone jack being on the bottom of the device as on the current iPod touch, rather than along the top edge as found on all iPhone models to date. That observation would fit with a recent part leak of what was claimed to be the headphone jack and earpiece. But many observers suggested that the center feature on that part looks more like a dock connector than an earpiece assembly. Moving the headphone jack to the bottom of the device would explain the layout of this component.


    Update 2: Repair firm uBreakiFix has also received photos of what may be the same part in white. The "iPhone" font on the shell appears to be somewhat suspicious, seemingly of a lighter stroke and/or looser spacing between the letters. But otherwise the part appears identical to the previously-posted part, which seems to carry a more typical "iPhone" typeface.




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  2. gregwyattjr macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2008
  3. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    Heck yeah, we're getting all kinds of leaks today, lol.

    2 weeks until iOS 6! So excited to hear whats coming from Apple.
  4. KanosWRX macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Please don't just be a taller screen!! Keep the same aspect ratio or don't bother!!!
  5. BlindGoldfish macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2010
    It sort of looks like they decreased the top/bottom bezel size to accommodate a larger screen. Makes sense and looks pretty good to me.
  6. The123king macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2011
    I think its time to sack Jony. That looks hideous
  7. number9 macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2004
    Also looks like the headphone port is on the bottom too with all of the new found space from a shrunken dock connector.
  8. GeekLawyer macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
  9. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008
    Although, that is how the iPod models were doing things, for a while.
  10. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    the large holes in the speaker/mic grill look pretty proto-type to me...
  11. DaffyDuck macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    That's the back of the phone...
  12. number9 macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2004

    How does the back of the phone tell you what the bezel/screen size on the front of the phone will look like? Unless you're assuming the center "panel" shown here mimics the screen size on the front.
  13. Ryth macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2011
    Looks like this thing is coming out at the end of June...

    Guess fall will be the 7" iPad release then.
  14. Macdude2010 macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2010
    The Apple Store
    I think this could be the final design, but I think before it makes an appearance with the next generation iPhone, it is going to have to be finished better, I think if this is anything, it is a rough prototype
  15. foodog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    It looks like it is wider to me Looks like more space between the Apple logo and the edges than my phone has now.
  16. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    A lot of people on this forum said the same thing about the resigned iPhone 4.

    I'll wait to see it in my hands to pass final judgement - but I like it so far.
  17. elvetio macrumors member

    May 29, 2012

    i really dont like it... but that's just me
  18. Vctr macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
    The headphone jack on the bottom makes the most sense from a usability standpoint.

    When I listen to music and use my iPhone 4 at the same time, the cord gets in the way of the screen sometimes because of the fact that the headphone jack is at the top. Put the headphone jack on the bottom, and this is no longer an issue.
  19. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    If this reliable supplier claims its 'black and white', why can't he specify the other two colors ?

    Is he color blind? It's a very strange statement/claim to be making!! :confused:
  20. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    The black bits look like glass... It looks a but strange. The speaker grills have changed and the headphone jack on the bottom looks odd.

    I'm sure it will look good in person. Jony Ive and his team know what they are doing.
  21. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia

    Also, you can tell the top and bottom bezel is decreased by looking at the circuitry in the picture on the right hand side. The black bars on the back of the phone will line up with the bezel on the front of the phone. Symmetry.
  22. hellomoto4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
    iPhone 4S will be the last I own if this is the 5.
  23. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Don't suppose they measured it while they were at it did they?

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