Gizmodo did pose the "tester" hypothesis but then dismissed it as unlikely. Their evidence included both fit and the fact that it had been hidden inside a case that made it look like a 3GS.I think it's just a tester. Giz's article stated that this could just be a camouflage so they could field test easier. Like others have posted before me, I believe that this was produced for the soul purpose of testing the new hardware, and not necesarily the final hardware. It seems like a huge step backwards for apple. Even the first iPhone looks better then this iPhone. I just don't see Apple releasing the "sexy" iPad, and then this iPhone. I could be wrong, but I hope I'm right. Either way though, this design, or hopefully another, I will buy it.
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I like the new design. I'm very interested to see what the back is actually made of, if it's plastic or this supposed ceramic/glass thing I've been hearing about. Really like that they found the there is a bigger battery. Don't really care about the front facing camera, I guess it's a good way to get ahead if everyone else starts putting them on this year.
My 3G is feeling very old now. I am ready to upgrade, really excited for that new high resolution screen.
I don't like it all.
Smaller screen would a big step back in my opinion.
Let alone, a curved back makes the phone easier to hold.. where something flat feels too thin for me.
The design is ok, I was hoping for a bigger screen, but then someone explained to me that a bigger screen would mean that app developers will have to change apps. The one thing that I don't like is that I love cases so I may have to purchase MORE cases because the design might call for a different size case - and cases aren't cheap.
I'm such a big fan of Apple that the design wouldn't really matter.
Hi, welcome to to tipb.
But no, it's not a tester. Apple finishes the design by January, not to mention this is the very same phone seen in the ipad spyshots. It's definitely the final design. And if you look at the ipad, the iMac, and even the macbooks, this design makes the iPhone more cohesive with the whole product line. The only reason it looks slightly different is because they can't use aluminum on the back, so they made a glass back that is transparent to radio signals. It's flat so it can more easily lay on a table while you type or what have you. I think the design is beautiful. Don't forget there will also likely be a white version
Thanks for the welcome! I really am holding out for a "one last thing" on this one. It's not a bad design, but I'm really disappointed they didn't add a bigger screen. There are so many good user created mock ups out there that looked really interesting, and then all we get is..well, you've all seen it.
I might not get this iPhone and hold out until the next one unless it has a 1ghz processor. Then I'm fully on board. I just love the way the 3G/3GS looks.
The real measure of screen size is not dimensions but information, i.e., pixels. My understanding is that the dimensions of the screen in the new phone may be slightly smaller but that the resolution will be higher. Seems like a good trade-off to me...........Regarding screen size, Apple made the device smaller so that the screen is more easily accessible with one-handed use. They can't make the screen larger unless they go 16:9, which is harder to use with one hand and also would force developers to alter 200,000 applications to use the new screen............
Yes, and the dpi on the new screen is over 330dpi... That's more than print media (@300dpi). The screen is going to look like a moving, backlit magazine. I hope the screen is 24bit though so the blacks blend in more with the bezel.The real measure of screen size is not dimensions but information, i.e., pixels. My understanding is that the dimensions of the screen in the new phone may be slightly smaller but that the resolution will be higher. Seems like a good trade-off to me.
The cost of a screen goes up exponentially with the number of pixels because the yield goes down. The more pixels, the greater the chances of a bad pixel and a reject.