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Hands On with a Physical Mockup of the iPhone 5

Over the weekend, GSM Israel posted a video of a physical mock-up of the iPhone 5 found at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics show in Berlin. The physical mockup was created by a case manufacturer to test early case designs on the upcoming iPhone.


The Verge has since tracked down the same mockup and was able to take high quality photos and video of the device which show it well compared to the iPhone 4S.


The video does a good job showing off the size and heft of the device as compared to the current iPhone 4S. As noted in the video, this is a non-functional mockup. It's only used as dummy shell for case manufacturers. According to the case manufacturer, they are "very confident" about the new design and have started production of cases in volume in anticipation of the new iPhone.

The rumors for the design of the new iPhone have been very consistent. Apple is widely expected to announce the new iPhone on September 12th.

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27 months ago
Sept 3rd - Still not a fan of the two-tone back.

Sept 12th - Will buy the new iPhone regardless

Oct 12th - Will have a case over the iPhone and will have completely forgotten about the two-tone back.
Rating: 59 Votes
27 months ago
It's the same phone but longer. These guys are geniuses...
Rating: 48 Votes
27 months ago

I said it before and I'll say it again, I want a bigger screen not a taller screen. But I am very invested in the iOS ecosystem. I'm not sure it is enough to keep me though.


The screen is taller, therefore it is bigger...
Rating: 35 Votes
27 months ago
Can someone PLEASE explain the purpose of that ugly two tone?
Rating: 31 Votes
27 months ago

Can someone PLEASE explain the purpose of that ugly two tone?


Antennas.
Rating: 30 Votes
27 months ago
I said it before and I'll say it again, I want a bigger screen not a taller screen. But I am very invested in the iOS ecosystem. I'm not sure it is enough to keep me though.
Rating: 26 Votes
27 months ago

Can someone PLEASE explain the purpose of that ugly two tone?


It is the result of a unibody design that increases structural rigidity and allows the phone to be thinner.


Also to everyone saying this is just a stretched 4s, you are incredibly ignorant. The fact is, if many of the rumors are true, this could potentially be the biggest upgrade to the iPhone ever and some of you seem to be cherry picking these leaks for things to criticize. We are potentially looking at a fully upgraded external design with a larger screen, an incredibly thin design, unibody integration, and that's not even scratching the surface. On the inside I think we'll see an all new A6 chip with dramatic enhancements, 1gb of faster ram, a larger battery, 4g LTE, a new faster dock connector, and possibly a better FaceTime camera and NFC. HOW ARE SOME OF YOU STILL SAYING THIS ISN'T A BIG UPGRADE. IT'S CHANGING SOME OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE IPHONE FOR THE BETTER. WHAT ARE YOU COMPLAINING ABOUT?!?!!
Rating: 26 Votes
27 months ago
I think the design of the next iPhone is fine and makes sense.

BUT…

We're kind of entering some weird territory here. Apple has ridiculous amounts of money. They have enough money that they could, in theory, order a bunch of fake parts and spew them all over the place. How much would that really take, a few tens of millions? Psshhhh, that's nothing!

Is it likely that they're doing that? Haha probably not. But how hilarious would it be if they did! Fake out everyone. Nearly impossible to do with such a huge product launch, but crazy to think about them pulling something like that off.

This launch just feels weird to me. I mean, the blogs have built the damn phone for crying out loud! Launch dates are nailed down. What could they possibly do to make it interesting at this point? Pull out something crazy?

Like I said, I'm not a hater. I like the new metal design. Hearkens back to the original. But something feels strange to me. It seems too easy this time. Hmmm…
Rating: 23 Votes
27 months ago
If this doesn't impress on the 12th, hello galaxy s 3
Rating: 19 Votes
27 months ago

They should just make the whole back aluminum like they did with the 1st. iPhone.




1st iPhone looks 2-tone to me! (And IMO, the new iPhone design looks awesome!)
Rating: 16 Votes

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