May 30, 2012 (10:05 AM EDT)
Latest Leaks: What Next iPhone Might Look Like
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Parts of what might be Apple's next iPhone have been surfacing for some time. However, the frequency of these leaks has been on the rise in the last month.
Assuming these stories are accurate, we can begin to picture what the next iPhone might look like. The increase in leaked parts also tells us that Apple is likely to begin manufacturing the handset very soon, so it can have millions ready in time for a holiday season launch.
Whether Apple will call it the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, or something else is unclear at this point. Remember, it dropped that naming convention with the new iPad. The photos appearing in the leaked stories show that the upcoming device will be flat, similar to the current iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S design. The device is noticeably taller, and has an aluminum backplate. Some users have criticized the glass back of the current design because it shatters easily if the handset is dropped. Perhaps Apple hopes to make this design a bit more durable.
Smaller dock connector and moved headphones jack?
It also looks as if the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom. Maybe it will be useful for newly-designed iPhone docks.
What about the iOS?
It's also unlikely that Apple will make any mention of a new aspect ratio at the event. Perhaps they will mention a few key features of iOS 6 and keep the rest under wraps.
Are these parts real?
That said, it's worth noting that actual pieces do occasionally escape into the wild. Sometimes components leak from overseas. Recently, Apple prototypes, such as this iPad with two dock connectors, made it into the public eye.
That's not including iPhones lost in bars.