The images, leaked (Google Translated) by Chinese iPhone blog “iPhone???” show a device that the site claims to be the next-gen iPhone. We can see that the design follows many previous rumors that include the partial aluminum back, bottom oriented headphone jack, larger display and smaller dock connector as well as mimicking several other recent iPhone photo leaks in terms of design. New in this leak, though, are what appears to be two groups of metal contacts on the bottom of the device (perhaps for a dock).
While better speakers are supposedly on tap for the next-gen iPhone, after looking (and looking) at the image showing the dock-side of the device, we really don’t think those are speaker grills. **Update: After closer inspection, those are in fact speaker grills.
Another thing worth pointing out is the fact that the edges of the glass around the perimeter of the display as well as around the earpiece cutout appears to be pretty banged up and uneven, almost as if the thing were made out of cardboard.
Finally, if you look at the closest zoomed up image of the alleged next-gen iPhone’s backside (above) you’ll see that the “i” at the beginning of iPhone is unnaturally dark/hidden, and that the “e” at the end of iPhone also fades into an alternate universe in a very not-natural way given the lighting/positioning of the device in the image. Also, the two dark shadowy streaks which are supposed to be shadows look pretty unnatural. While bad lighting and shadows could certainly hide the remaining “e”, it signals to us that this is a fake – an elaborate and well done fake that is.
Skepticism and probable fakery aside, we must admit that this particular mock-up looks pretty awesome. At first, the dual-tone color of plastic/glass and aluminum wasn’t sitting well with us. These latest images, however, are beginning to win us over.
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