New iPhone 5 pics: the best ones yet?

New iPhone 5 pics: the best ones yet?The details are still hazy, but we know there's a new iPhone coming, probably called the iPhone 5, and we're fairly sure Apple's new baby is in early or full production as we speak.

So while iPhone rumours have been coming on so strong for so long that the very concept stirs in us no more than a disinterested half-eyebrow-raise at this point, new pics emerging at this point admittedly have a fair chance of being The Real Thing. And even if not, the iPhone Rumour Fiends will gobble it all up anyway, so let's get into it.

The pics have been surfaced by repair shop iLab, and it's easy to see why they're causing such a fuss. First of all, there's a lot of them, and they're high-quality snaps too – no Mr Blurrycam here, folks – showing both individual parts and the fully assembled device.

The theory is that as the iPhone 5 hits full production, the various new parts (such as that 19-pin dock and the surrounding housing bits and bobs) are starting to gradually seep out into the Apple community through any number of unavoidable channels, and being final production (or close to) pieces, can't be disguised as anything other than new parts.

So what about the fully assembled device? Well, let's start by saying no matter how insistent or opinionated anyone is on the subject, nobody knows if it's the final design. It may be the real thing, it may be a fake, it may be a legit Apple production concept let loose to create the precise arguments people are now having.

Taking a step back and leaving the arguments over the details to others, let me just say that it looks very nice indeed. And to my mind, entirely plausible.

It's the kind of design evolution that you could easily see Apple making. Despite the inevitable bold predictions and a degree of wishful thinking, Apple has been almost surprisingly conservative in evolving the look and feel of its iconic handset with each update.

And yet – possibly as a result of that philosophy – almost anyone you listen to agrees that the iPhone needs a fresh look. Even the cynics who say it's just about iPhoniacs needing everyone to know they've got the new model.

The point is there's no question that the handset pictured looks new and fresh, and yet also looks unmistakably iPhone. That don't mean it's real, of course, but it wouldn't be a bad shout if it was.

And if that hasn't gorged your interest in all things Apple, how about some more iPhone and iPad prototype pics to go with the old iPad snaps we showed you a week or two ago?

Maybe these interminable court cases ain't so bad after all...

Via 9to5Mac

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matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 30, 2012 at 11:11

Looks like Apple are going to try and squeeze another year out of, what's in my opinion, rapidly becoming a tired design. Also, that screen's a different aspect ratio and therefore resolution, I don't know what it is, but it's definitely different to that of all the other iPhones. That'll please developers.

I also notice they've moved the headphone jack to the bottom of the device, purely a matter of personal opinion, but I think that's a better place for it. When I use headphones on my S2 (which has its headphone jack on the top), the wire is constantly falling across the screen, which is annoying.

Finally, I guess Apple removing the Home button (which was always a stupid idea, software buttons and gestures just don't work as well as a "proper" button) has been ditched, as an idea. That's of course assuming this isn't an elaborate hoax/prototype which will never see the light of day again.

Pondlife  Jul. 30, 2012 at 11:18

Don't really like the look of that, don't see how it looks new and fresh, just slightly elongated iphone 4.
Was the headphone socket unpopular where it was as seems to have changed ends.
See matt largely covered this, should have refreshed first lol.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 30, 2012 at 13:39

Looks like Apple are going to try and squeeze another year out of, what's in my opinion, rapidly becoming a tired design. Also, that screen's a different aspect ratio and therefore resolution, I don't know what it is, but it's definitely different to that of all the other iPhones. That'll please developers.

I also notice they've moved the headphone jack to the bottom of the device, purely a matter of personal opinion, but I think that's a better place for it. When I use headphones on my S2 (which has its headphone jack on the top), the wire is constantly falling across the screen, which is annoying.

Finally, I guess Apple removing the Home button (which was always a stupid idea, software buttons and gestures just don't work as well as a "proper" button) has been ditched, as an idea. That's of course assuming this isn't an elaborate hoax/prototype which will never see the light of day again.


A changed aspect ratio has been accepted since it is kind of a given that the phone will be bigger.
I'm also a bit tired of the design. I think Apple should sue their design team.
On the other hand, There is little to sexify a slab with glass on one side. I'm more interested if the OS will once again show the same clone army of homescreen humdrum?
There are so many good, stable tiny itzy bitzy tweaks from Cydia to be stolen, to easily add some options to personalise iOS. I don't mean all bells and whistles stuff, but c'mon...
give 'us' some freedom.
Also: if Microsoft can add mass storage to Apollo (so the rumour goes), then surely Apple could unhook us a bit more from iTunes? Sure, you no longer need iTunes to activate an iDevice, but really... Will we need to use iTunes to move 1 measly file, 1 tine ebook to the iPhone 12? It's like using an entire army to deliver a pizza.

So, the photo - real or fake - doesn't bother me. It can be really hard to judge some devices
based on a photo. Often in real life, holding a device can totally change the feeling.
Countless devices looked really cool in pictures, but sucked big b*tt when you opened that box for the first time. On the other hand, something like an old-style Palm Treo looked really really awful in most pictures; but holding it in your hands - suddenly it all made sense.

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