Two New Clues: Is This The Next iPhone?

Posted: May 16, 2011 in News

Clues about the next iPhone are piling up this weekend. First an analyst gave tantalizing details of the upcoming iPhone, saying it’ll be called the iPhone 4S, and then i saw this case design in the graphic above from Asian site Alibaba. Is it real or just another guess at what Apple might do, based on rumors and mockups?

I’d already dismissed the case as a fake, thinking it looked fishy because of its slightly bowed midsection in the graphic above. But then we found another tantalizing clue: Mac Rumors found a story [in Chinese] on Apple.pro comparing iPhone 4 camera parts to those it says are leaked from the next iPhone. As you can see in the graphic below, the flash unit is separated from the camera in the same manner that we see on the case design. The plot thickens.

Add this new pic to analyst Peter Misek’s earlier speculation about the upcoming iPhone’s dual-core processor, support for HSPA+ (but no LTE) wireless connectivity, improved cameras (could this be related to the relocated flash?), and a “subtle design change” (the edge-to-edge screen?), and this case design is at leastplausible.

How about it, commenters? Are we looking at the next iPhone, or is this a rumor built on speculation based on another rumor, similar to a cat chasing its tail? Could this be a disinformation trick Apple is playing on case manufacturers to throw them off the trail of the real iPhone 5?

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