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Early iPhone Prototype Resembles Latest iPhone 5 Part Leaks

As we noted, The Verge has come across a number of photos of iPhone prototypes in court documents related to Apple's lawsuit with Samsung. One of the early prototype images seemed particularly familiar to us.

This two-tone design with a central aluminum backing looks like an early version of the rumored next-generation iPhone:


On the right is a prototype iPhone design posted by the Verge. The image on the left is a rendering of the next generation iPhone by Blackpool Creative. The rendering was based on leaked parts of the upcoming iPhone. The parts were also shown on video here:


Similar parts have been circulating for a couple of months now. One early report described it as such:
According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic.
It seems possible that the new iPhone has evolved from some of the early Apple prototyping of possible designs.

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29 months ago

Article Link: Early iPhone Prototype Resembles Latest iPhone 5 Part Leaks (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/26/early-iphone-prototype-resembles-latest-iphone-5-part-leaks/)


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themselves! :eek: Dun dun DUN!!!!1!!11!!!1eleven!!!1!!

(I crack myself up!)
Rating: 35 Votes
29 months ago

My credit card's ready


this.

but sadly this.


I'm just not ready to switch to Android, no matter how lackluster the next iPhone is turning out to be.


Pathetic.
Rating: 26 Votes
29 months ago

Looks nice…I guess. Apple needs to do better.

this.

My credit card's ready

but sadly this.


I'm just not ready to switch to Android, no matter how lackluster the next iPhone is turning out to be.
Rating: 20 Votes
29 months ago

Pathetic.


I'm not denying it.
Rating: 17 Votes
29 months ago
Simplicity, it's rolling in a grave somewhere dead. I don't understand the allure of these multi-color designs. Just give us a solid color on the backplate, please.
Rating: 16 Votes
29 months ago
What happened with "teardrop" design ?
Rating: 15 Votes
29 months ago
And this one looks like the iPhone 4:

Rating: 13 Votes
29 months ago
The leaked iPhone 5 parts definitely look better though.
Rating: 12 Votes
29 months ago
My credit card's ready
Rating: 12 Votes
29 months ago
Anyone notice macrumors just regurgitating the same thing over and over again ?

Every time a publication says something unverifiable it's a headline.

This is going to be a painful few months til launch day.
Rating: 11 Votes

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