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Source Claims Hands-On Experience with iPhone 5 Prototype

While the redesigned "iPhone 5" form factor failed to surface with last month's update that saw the introduction of the iPhone 4S, reports have suggested that the next-generation iPhone expected to debut next year will indeed carry a significant redesign.


Business Insider now reports that it has received word from a source who has claimed to have had access to an iPhone 5 prototype and offered some details on the device.
We've been told this by an industry source who has been right about future Apple products in the past.

We have not been able to verify what he told us with a second source. So we're still treating these details as rumors. You should probably still read this post with a nice fat dose of salt.
According to the source, Apple did indeed hope to launch the iPhone 5 this year, but was forced to scrap those plans several months before the iPhone 4S was ultimately introduced. Among the iPhone 5 details cited by the source:

- 4-inch screen
- Aluminum back
- Capacitive home button
- "Flatter" form factor
- Much faster than current hardware, but poor battery life
- 10-megapixel rear camera
- Siri prototype known as "Assistant", which had been the rumored name for the feature until its introduction

According to the source, the primary objection regarding the prototype design came from Steve Jobs, who claimed that the larger screen would result in fragmentation of the iOS ecosystem, something the company has worked hard to limit.

Business Insider does not have a particularly solid track record on Apple product rumors, and is also including its own warnings about taking the report with a grain of salt. But the claims are certainly of some interest given the curiosity surrounding what happened with the claimed leaked design that resulted in significant numbers of cases being produced for a device that failed to appear.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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36 months ago
When was the last time Business Insider said anything at all worth listening to?
Rating: 41 Votes
36 months ago


- "Flatter" form factor
- 10-megapixel rear camera

Yeah, those two would fit together REALLY good... NOT. :D:apple:
Rating: 37 Votes
36 months ago
Steve (God rest his soul) is no longer around to stop them from releasing a 4" screen iPhone.. I think Apple has to, to stay competitive. More and more people are liking the bigger screens. I think 4" would be perfect. It's not small, and it's not overly big either.
Rating: 30 Votes
36 months ago
why would the larger screen result in fragmentation of the iOS ecosystem?
Rating: 28 Votes
36 months ago
Personally, I can't see them changing the size of the screen.
Rating: 25 Votes
36 months ago

why would the larger screen result in fragmentation of the iOS ecosystem?


Either the resolution would be the same, resulting in larger controls and lower pixel density, or developers would need to redo their apps to optimize them for the new resolution in order to maintain a pixel perfect interface.
Rating: 22 Votes
36 months ago
Checklist:

1. Shorter battery life? Check.
2. Thinner with a bulge on one end for a camera? Check.
3. Quad-core for no reason other than to brag? Check.
4. MOAR megapixels? Check.
5. Larger screen? Check.

I can't wait to get my Samsung iPhone Galaxy V. Seriously, this thing is starting to sound like [pick any new Android phone coming out in the next 6 months].

Well, at least it will have iOS 6 and not some Android crap. But I imagine Apple would do something more or different to distinguish this device. Steve Jobs was really involved with the design, even all the way up until his death! It can't be this simple. But let the new rumor season commence! Only 7 more months. Right guys? Guys???
Rating: 21 Votes
36 months ago

Checklist:

1. Shorter battery life? Check.
2. Thinner with a bulge on one end for a camera? Check.
3. Quad-core for no reason other than to brag? Check.
4. MOAR megapixels? Check.
5. Larger screen? Check.


This is why I do not believe this rumour. It's just so un-Apple.
Rating: 17 Votes
36 months ago
That BI link needs to be fixed.

So, in saying it had a bigger screen are they also saying it also had a higher resolution than the rest of the hand-held iOS devices? Otherwise I don't get how it fractures the ecosystem. A larger size by itself sounds like a non-factor unless I'm missing something.
Rating: 16 Votes
36 months ago

But haven't they kind of gotten used to this, with three separate iOS resolutions floating around now (iPhone / 3G / 3GS, 4/4S, and iPad/iPad 2)? There are lots of universal apps as well as lots of apps that run on both the retina and non-retina iPhones. They seem to have gotten pretty good at handling multiple devices with the tools Apple offers.


There are currently two resolutions for the iPhone, but Apple simplified the conversion for developers by simply doubling the vertical and horizontal pixels.

iPad apps have a completely separate interface. There is currently only one resolution to worry about.
Rating: 15 Votes

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