Next-Generation iPhone Parts Caught on Video?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Boy Genius Report points to a YouTube video from smartphone parts firm Global Direct Parts claiming to show a comparison between parts from the iPhone 4 and an unreleased iPhone model that the company suggests may either be the CDMA iPhone 4 rumored for release in the near future or a fifth-generation iPhone. Due to the presence of a SIM-card slot, which is not required for CDMA phones, it would appear more likely that the device in question is a fifth-generation iPhone if it is indeed legitimate. It is of course possible that the part is either from a well-done fake iPhone 4 or perhaps an alternate design for the iPhone 4 that was ultimately not used.

    The video highlights a number of similarities and a few differences from the current iPhone when it comes to interior parts and cables. A look at the "middle plate" that contains the stainless steel band that wraps around the edge of the device and provides the device's antennas that have been the cause of such controversy on the iPhone 4 reveals a few differences between the two devices : the break points in the frame between the two antennas have been moved to different locations, indicating that the antenna design has been tweaked despite a very similar overall appearance for the new iPhone. The shift in antenna design has also necessitated a slight adjustment in the location of several other physical features, most significantly the mute switch.


    Comparison of claimed next-generation iPhone (left) and iPhone 4 (right) showing differences in antenna break points
    The video concludes with a teaser claiming that more information on LCDs and motherboards is coming on the company's site, with additional information to be released next week.

    Article Link: Next-Generation iPhone Parts Caught on Video?
  2. gorjan macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2009
    Hurry, start stealing phones in pubs in the San Francisco area!!! :p
  3. mrblack927 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
  4. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I like how he's like "this could fix the antena issue."

    Yeah, or it's an older version that's even worse and they added the separators to make it better!

    I mean, I have no idea, but neither does he. We have no idea of knowing what this is.
  6. dissdnt macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
  7. kryptonitejesus macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Incoming storm of Verizon rumors.

    I mean, I feel pretty confident the Verizon iPhone is on the horizon, but I like most other people are getting tired of hearing about everyone speculating on when it's coming, and I for one will just enjoy it when it actually arrives. :apple:
  8. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    There's too much detail and similarities showing Apple's construction for this not to be real. Whether it's an iPhone 5 or just a different version of the iPhone 4 that didn't make it as the final design, though, is anyone's guess. I think there's a decent chance it could really be the iPhone 5, but sure wouldn't guarantee it.

    EDIT: It is, however, safe to say it's probably not the Verizon iPhone, unless they do a dual-mode design that can do both CDMA and GSM. Verizon's iPhone wouldn't need a SIM card slot.

  9. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    London (Ealing) UK
  10. kenzbud macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2005
    Wirelessly posted (Apple iPhone 3G 16GB White: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    This looks very believable.
  11. noodlelegs macrumors member

    May 24, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Iphone 5 has no front facing camera hole? How do they explain that one?
  12. stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008
    Not saying that this is a Verizion/CDMA iPhone but just because there's a sim card slot doesn't mean that it isn't (if it was a CDMA/GSM Global Phone like the Blackberrys run on Verizon).

    But who the hell knows, it's probably iPhone 5 exclusively for Cingular (I bet they change the name back). Kidding, obviously.
  13. mrblack927 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
    Okay I'll be the one to say it.

    FAKE! Apple would never design something with SEAMS like that! China fake and a bad one at that!
  14. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2006
    that the front camera for hte iphone 5 is smaller and no longer needs a whole in the middle plate to make room for the cam chip?
  15. Time Less macrumors 6502

    Time Less

    Jul 29, 2010
    Planet Earth
    yeah i'm thinking it's an early prototype.
  16. rritterson macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    DC USA
    I like stewart715's take, but I would go one farther: It's a CDMA/GSM phone that will be for sale at both verizon and AT&T.
  17. Strobe macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    I thought it was missing the rear camera hole, guess I missed something. I was wandering where the main camera hole is. I was thinking maybe this is a "business" version without a camera like some of the BB's.
  18. Merthyrboy macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008
  19. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Or brilliant marketing by Apple to make this leak possible to get the buzz out for free.
  20. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
  21. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    Yep! Let the madness begin anew!;)
  22. mrial macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2007
    Saint Paul, MN
    I was wondering if the camera hole cut-out was removed in the shield to address the light bleed-though issue with the white iPhone?
  23. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I bet this is a Verizon iPhone or the iPhone "4.5"

    The extra plastic separators are probably their to prevent the "death grip". Right now the wifi and 3G antennas are right next to each other. By separating them they can be on both sides meaning it would only affect anything if you put a metal case on it.
  24. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    Very cool. But I think I can manage with my current iPhone 4 until a true LTE one comes out. I figured out how to hold mine ;)

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