'iPhone 4S' Casing Resembles iPhone 4 with Some Antenna Changes

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Apple has been rumored to be building a new, cheaper iPhone 4 ("iPhone 4S") alongside the iPhone 5, for an October launch. This iPhone 4S is believed to use different components and less storage to lower manufacturing costs. It appears Apple may have also taken this opportunity to make changes to the antenna design as well.

New "iPhone 4S" part images we've received from iPatchiPods suggest that the iPhone 4S will look much like the iPhone 4, but with some notable differences in the frame.




The mid-frame images above show that this so-called iPhone 4S will have two antenna breaks at the bottom of the casing. This differs from both the AT&T (GSM) iPhone 4 and Verizon (CDMA) iPhone 4. In AT&T's iPhone, the antenna breaks are in two spots, along the lower left side and top left sides. On the Verizon's model they are both at the top sides of the casing.

The reason for the movement of the antenna breaks is to accommodate different frequencies of the different mobile technologies. This "iPhone 4S" appears to have a slot for a SIM card, suggesting that at a minimum it will support the GSM standard like the original AT&T iPhone 4. It is believed the iPhone 5 will support both GSM and CDMA, but we haven't heard anything definitive about the band support for this iPhone 4S.

Also, of note, the mute switch and volume switches are on the same side of this casing, just like the iPhone 4.




The bottom portion of the frame is shown here. As noted by iFixIt's Scott Head, what's most interesting about this part as compared to the iPhone 4 part, is the lack of any defined "Home Button" area. The corresponding iPhone 4 part shows a cut-out area for the Home Button. It's hard to draw an conclusions from this, but there has been a lot of speculation that Apple could be changing the Home Button area on the iPhone 5.

There still may be some confusion in the parts supply chain about what pieces are intended for what devices, but iPatchiPods' source does believe that these mid-frames are intended for the cheaper revision of the iPhone 4.

Article Link: 'iPhone 4S' Casing Resembles iPhone 4 with Some Antenna Changes
 

Ambient80

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Is the left picture zoomed in a bit, or is it actually larger than the other? I would love it if the 4" screen rumors were true ;>
 

Pez555

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pretty sure that its zoomed in on the left.

and here we go with the leaks.....hopefully this triggers more and more leaks!
 

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justinfreid said:
Hope this isn't the iPhone 5 housing. I'm ready for a form factor change.
Are you guys idiots?!? The story said they would be lower cost, lower capacity iPhone 4's, it even said "alongside the iPhone 5" in the first damn sentence. Think the $99 3GS currently. And the $99 3G before it.
 
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Are you guys idiots?!? The story said they would be lower cost, lower, Capacity iPhone 4's. Think the $99 3GS currently. And the $99 3G before it.
4th word in the article..."rumored"
 

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Seeing how the iPhone 3GS is the second best selling smartphone in the U.S. Apple is going to sell a boat load of these.
 

Dr Kevorkian94

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I want to see what new feature they advertise for the next iPhone, will it be a bigger screen or some new thing we don't know we "need" yet? The next apple event will be a good one:D
 

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Hopefully it drops less calls than my iPhone 4
 

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Everything posted on this website is a rumor, hence "Mac Rumors" what are you getting at?
First of all, not everything posted here is a rumor (Steve Jobs really did resign from Apple). Second, you were coming down on the folks discussing things as though they were crazy for thinking this might be the iP5 when clearly we don't know what this casing will actually turn out to be, as though this was hard facts and not..."rumors".
 

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Hopefully it drops less calls than my iPhone 4
Your holding it wrong:rolleyes:

aren't you tired of hearing that.:)
 

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the two photos are just side by side of the same part.

the difference in size is just difference in photos

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