Excellent Anandtech article analyzing new iPhone rumors

Big.Mac.Daddy

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Anandtech has always been my go-to for intelligent, informed technical articles, and this one is no exception. Anyone looking for a good look at what to expect next month should read this: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6196/preparing-for-the-iphone-next-rumors-analyzed
Thanks for taking the time to post this good article :)

It's the same for me : Anandtech is the ONLY place I can 100% trust their reviews. No one else has the depth and scientific testing approach Anandtech does.
 

Cougarcat

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Awesome article. Everyone here should read it in order to mitigate unrealistic expectations. That'll probably be the next iPhone, along with some minor bumps in the optics and possibly one or two exclusive software features.
 

BoxerGT2.5

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So the top and the bottom of the phone will remain glass? It's $30 to replace the back panel of a 4/4s. Wonder what it would be to fix a unibody phone with glass.
 

ray6712

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This was a very good article but in the end they know as little as we do at this point so were all waiting in the 12th
 

Mr Hill

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If that design turns out to be the real one for the next iPhone, I think the black will actually look better than the white one this time around.
 

theanimala

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My only complaint on this article is calling the iphone 3G and 3GS a 2nd Gen industrial design from the original iPhone. I never had a 3G or 3GS, but I don't believe they look different at all (except for the back going from chrome to plastic) so wouldn't they really be the same industrial design followed by the 4 and 4S being the second industrial design? I still believe the iphone 5 will have a whole new design, but I would consider it the 3rd gen, not the 4th...
 

FSMBP

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My only complaint on this article is calling the iphone 3G and 3GS a 2nd Gen industrial design from the original iPhone. I never had a 3G or 3GS, but I don't believe they look different at all (except for the back going from chrome to plastic) so wouldn't they really be the same industrial design followed by the 4 and 4S being the second industrial design? I still believe the iphone 5 will have a whole new design, but I would consider it the 3rd gen, not the 4th...
I believe the article means:

Original iPhone: 1st Industrial Design (Aluminium back, with plastic bottom)
iPhone 3G/3GS: 2nd Industrial Design (All plastic back)
iPhone 4/4S: 3rd Industrial Design (Glass sandwich design)
iPhone 2012: 4th Industrial Design (Aluminium back, with glass, longer).

There was a more drastic redesign from the 3GS to the iPhone 4. However, you cannot discount the difference between original iPhone & feels the 3G; they look & feel different (not as drastic as a jump from the 3GS to the 4, but still different).
 

mattopotamus

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My only complaint on this article is calling the iphone 3G and 3GS a 2nd Gen industrial design from the original iPhone. I never had a 3G or 3GS, but I don't believe they look different at all (except for the back going from chrome to plastic) so wouldn't they really be the same industrial design followed by the 4 and 4S being the second industrial design? I still believe the iphone 5 will have a whole new design, but I would consider it the 3rd gen, not the 4th...
I think they are more taking the naming scheme into consideration as well

iphone - first gen
3g-second
3gs-second
4-third
4s-third
5-fourth
5s-fourth

....and so on.
 

Geckotek

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My only complaint on this article is calling the iphone 3G and 3GS a 2nd Gen industrial design from the original iPhone. I never had a 3G or 3GS, but I don't believe they look different at all (except for the back going from chrome to plastic) so wouldn't they really be the same industrial design followed by the 4 and 4S being the second industrial design? I still believe the iphone 5 will have a whole new design, but I would consider it the 3rd gen, not the 4th...
Actually, the 3G and 3Gs backs were significantly different than the original iPhone due to the rounded shape, material, and finish. The face was the bezel were the same, but that's less than 50% of the surface of the phone unchanged.

I think they are more taking the naming scheme into consideration as well

iphone - first gen
3g-second
3gs-second
4-third
4s-third
5-fourth
5s-fourth

....and so on.
Seriously doubt that. They specifically call it "Industrial Design" not naming scheme.
 

mattopotamus

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Actually, the 3G and 3Gs backs were significantly different than the original iPhone due to the rounded shape, material, and finish. The face was the bezel were the same, but that's less than 50% of the surface of the phone unchanged.



Seriously doubt that. They specifically call it "Industrial Design" not naming scheme.
but i think that has a lot to do with why apple just adds the S on the end instead of calling it a 5, 6, or different numerical number. They are directly related.
 

Geckotek

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but i think that has a lot to do with why apple just adds the S on the end instead of calling it a 5, 6, or different numerical number. They are directly related.
Perhaps the naming is related to the industrial design, but I don't think that's what drove Anandtech's chart.
 

hypnoz

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so what's the purpose of a two-tone two-material back if it isn't to allow NFC to function?

Let's hope it's not two tone.
 

Geckotek

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Nothing more than what Don Lehman wrote a bit back:

http://thetechblock.com/the-unibody-iphone
That article was very good as well, but to say "nothing more" makes it sound to me like you didn't read the Anandtech article at all. Don Lehman's article was around design and the Anandtech article was around technology. Yes, there was some overlap, but the 2 articles had differing focus.

One new point brought up by the Anandtech article was refuting the idea that the little square metal shield at the top was somehow related to NFC. Even MR picked up on that and wrote their own story quoting Anandtech.