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Prototype Next-Generation iPhone Front Panel Reveals Identical Design to iPhone 4

Last week, a prototype back panel for Apple's "N94" iPhone surfaced, revealing a nearly identical appearance to the iPhone 4. The part was an "Engineering Verification Test 2" component carrying a date of June 7th, 2011, but questions have continued about whether the device represents the upgraded iPhone 5 or an "iPhone 4S" designed to be a cheaper model based on the iPhone 4 design.


MacPost has now obtained photos of a similar front panel part in black, carrying a similar "Engineering Verification Test 1" designation and dated March 3rd, 2011. The part consists of the entire front assembly for the N94 device, including the digitizer panel itself and the LCD.


The design is entirely consistent with the iPhone 4, showing the same amount of bezel edge on the sides of the screen and a hole for the traditional iPhone home button.
The panel part shows same bezel space on the sides of the display, as well as similar space between the screen and the home button and top ear piece, when compared with iPhone 4. If you compare the digitizer component, it is exactly the same as that of iPhone 4 model. The home button might not be going anywhere and the cut-out area for Home Button is still circular which debunks earlier claim that iPhone 5 will get an elongated Home Button (rather capacitive).
With continued reports of a redesign for the iPhone 5, perhaps with a metallic back, the interpretation of these parts points toward them being from the "iPhone 4S". We have yet to see, however, any leaked parts from the rumored form factor redesign of the iPhone 5.

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42 months ago
If this is the real deal, I have no idea what Apple has been doing for the last 14 months.
Rating: 74 Votes
42 months ago
I demand blurry pictures, these are way too clear!
Rating: 28 Votes
42 months ago
That might be the cheaper iPhone 4 for all we know. These rumors ar getting tiresome. Going back and forth 10 times a day.
Rating: 27 Votes
42 months ago
Most android phones are cumbersome to carry in my pockets. I'm glad they are staying with this size, instead of succumbing to some nerd's fantasy.
Rating: 20 Votes
42 months ago
And here come the "I demand a bigger screen or I'm going to Android" posts ... :rolleyes:
Rating: 17 Votes
42 months ago
Finally!!! a real photo taken with a real camera :D
Rating: 16 Votes
42 months ago
This has got to be a ploy...Are they really going to make us wait this long for this?!!?

Surprise and Delight!!
Not wait and disappoint!
Rating: 13 Votes
42 months ago

If this is the real deal, I have no idea what Apple has been doing for the last 14 months.


hahaha so true!.. and if this is the new phone.. im sure i wont get it!!
ill just wait for the real upgrade..
Rating: 12 Votes
42 months ago

If this is the real deal, I have no idea what Apple has been doing for the last 14 months.


I agree. I'll go crazy if the announcement comes and this was basically it
Rating: 12 Votes
42 months ago

Wait to preemptively start the flame war.

Anyway I'm placing my bets on this cheap iPhone 4. With all of the hullabaloo with the current design (fabricated hysteria or not) I don't see them keeping the next iteration the same.


Don't need me to start anything, this place has become as predictable as the ending to the Titanic movie.
Rating: 11 Votes

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