Monthly Archives: August 2012

Leaked iPhone 5 Rear Housing with Dock Connector&Headphone Jack

Most of us seen the photos of next generation iPhone 5’s logic board, 9-pin dock connector as well as front screen assembly set. Today iPhone 5 rear housing with dock connector flex cable and headphone jack assembly is leaked.

The dock connector and headphone jack assembly was placed in the rear housing to see if the leaked parts of Apple’s new iPhone fit well. As you can see from the screenshot below, the two parts seem to fit extremely well.

iphone 5 housing

We were able to fit the docking port and headphone jack assembly that we showed you on Friday into the new iPhone’s frame/back casing. The docking port and headphone jack assembly seemed to fit perfectly inside of the frame. One of our technicians was even able to screw the assembly into the pre-aligned screw holes inside of the frame. All of the threading and screw holes lined up perfectly with the screw holes in then docking port/headphone jack assembly.

The photos of the assembly also give a good idea of what the bottom of iPhone 5 will look like, compared to iPhone 4S. As you can see, it has a much smaller dock connector, which makes way for the headphone jack and larger speaker grille.

Apple is widely expected to release the 6th generation iPhone at a media event on September 12th, followed by the launch on September 21st.

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iPad Mini – Thinner, Lighter and Narrower

A trio of reports out today is beginning to pin down some more rumored details for Apple’s smaller “iPad mini“, suggesting that the device will carry a narrower profile than previously thought and perhaps match the iPod touch’s 7.2 mm thickness.

The first report comes from 9to5 Mac, which claims that the iPad mini will “look like a big iPod touch”, with narrower bezels along the sides of the device paired with more traditional, thicker bezels at the top and bottom.
This iPod touch-like design makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons. For one, when compared to the Nexus 7 (and Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab 7, RIM Playbook, etc.), this would give the iPad mini a similar, “purse-able,” and “big pocket-able” form factor but with a larger 4:3 display. The lack of a bezel on the sides will make it easier to hold too.
The report goes on to speculate that the iPad mini will offer at least a front-facing camera and perhaps LTE connectivity on some models, and a lack of significant part leaks suggests that the device may not be ready to begin shipping for several more months.

Apple iPad mini

The second report comes from iMore, which backs up the earlier report and offers its own thoughts on the iPad mini’s design, as well as a rendering of the rumored device.
Based on several sources, I believe that design to be an accurate representation of what the iPad mini will look like. In addition, it’s my understanding that it will be the exact same thinness as the iPod touch, which is substantially thinner than the 9.7-inch iPad. The quick mockup [below] shows what I believe are accurate proportions for the iPad mini compared to the 9.7-inch iPad and the current generation iPod touch 4.

Finally, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber shares his thoughts on the device, including his belief that some of the leaked rear shell photos may indeed be genuine given the similarities seen among several independent leaks. Gruber goes on to argue in support of the narrower side bezels, noting that with the device falling in between the full-size iPad and the iPod touch its design is likely to similarly fall somewhere between the two existing devices.
The iPad 3 — the whole device, not just the display — measures 241.2?×?185.7 mm. Divide and that comes out to roughly 1.3, which is very close to the aspect ratio of the iPad display.

That’s not true for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The iPhone 4S is 115.2?×?58.6 mm; divide and you get roughly 1.97 — far different proportions than the 1.5 (3:2) aspect ratio of the display. Again, just look at it.

Should not the iPad Mini fall somewhere in between?
Gruber goes on to perform some calculations estimating the size of the iPad mini at roughly 200 x 135 mm, only slightly larger than Google’s Nexus 7 despite having a screen 0.85 inches larger diagonally, a feat made possible by the narrow side bezels on the iPad mini.

But with a thickness in line with the iPod touch, the iPad mini would be one-third thinner than the Nexus 7 and thus encompass roughly one-third less volume and one-third less weight. Comparing this to the Nexus 7’s weight of 340 grams, Gruber suggests that the iPad mini could weigh just 265 grams, marking a major weight savings over the full-size iPad while still retaining a reasonable display size.

Details on Apple’s release plans for the iPad mini remain up in the air, but iMore appears to be standing by its earlier claim that the device will be introduced at Apple’s iPhone media event reportedly set for September 12. Unlike the next-generation iPhone, it will likely be a fair amount of time before the iPad mini actually launches, with the company likely to begin ramping production to achieve availability just in time for the holiday shopping season.

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Apple’s 9-pin New Dock Connector

According to rumors, it is reported that Apple will use new 19-pin dock connector on iPhone 5 and other Apple products, such as new iPod touch, new iPad mini. But now new rumors said 9-pin new dock connector will be the right parts for the entire new lineup of iOS devices such as the next generation iPhone, iPad mini, next generation iPod touch that is will be unveiled at a special media event on September 12th and even the iPad 3 that was launched back in March, will come with the new connector.

Until now, it was widely speculated that the reason for replacing the 30-pin connector with something more compact is to make room for components for next generation iOS devices, such as 4G radios, bigger batteries, new sensors etc.

AppleInsider has received some more interesting information about Apple’s new dock connector.
apple 9 pin new dock connector
According to AppleInsider, the new dock connector will not only be smaller, but it will also offer much faster I/O connectivity and transfer rates even with just a fraction of the number of electrical contacts as the current 30-pin dock connector.

They say the 8 gold contacts seen on one side of the male plug in recently leaked photos of the connector are simply repeated on the flip side. They’re reportedly joined by the surrounding aluminum-colored metal shell of the connector, which will similarly serve as a functional contact, bringing the total number of pins to 9.

The new connector will also deliver a number of welcomed enhancements for consumers, according to people familiar with the design, one of which will be its orientation independence when plugged into any one of Apple’s future iOS devices.

“The beauty of this connector is that it no longer matters which side is up when you insert it into the phone,” one of those people explained. “It’s like MagSafe for MacBook – every orientation is the correct one.”

Orientation independence will be a much-needed improvement as it is quite a pain to use the USB cable to dock connector, especially after getting used to MacBook’s MagSafe connector.

There has been some debate about the number of pins in the new dock connector. Reports have claimed that it will come with a 8-pin and 19-pin dock connector, but based on the information AppleInsider has received, it looks like the next iPhone will come with a 9-pin dock connector, which is in line with code references discovered in iOS 6 beta.

It has been also speculated that the new dock connector will include an attachment mechanism similar to the MagSafe connector used on the MacBooks, which would allow users to insert the cable in either orientation and also make it easier for the charging cables to simply snap into place.

Apple is expected to also offer an adapter for the smaller dock connector to allow users to connect accessories using the old 30-pin dock connector to the new 9-pin dock connector.

Are you excited about the new MagSafe-like connector with faster transfer rates and orientation independence?

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iPhone 5 Logic Board Leaked

Recently so many iPhone 5 replacement parts are revealed, including the photos of iPhone 5 logic board.  The purported next generation iPhone’s motherboard appears to be different from the one used in the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

The processor and other support chips are however missing from the motherboard pictured in these photos. It is widely expected that the next generation iPhone will come with a variant of the dual-core A5X processor that powers the new iPad.

iPhone5 logic board

Meanwhile iPhone parts specialists have noticed that the SIM card slot appears to be smaller in size than the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, which could indicate that the new iPhone will need a nano-SIM as reported earlier.

The repair firm also reports that the battery connector has five pins, compared to four pins on the iPhone 4S, which may point to support for 4G LTE network.

They also noticed that the digitizer connector for the display has been tweaked, which may point to the use of new screen technology in the next iPhone. According to rumors, Apple is planning to use in-cell touch panels in the next generation iPhone that could allow it to make it thinner than iPhone 4S.

It is also noted that the screw holes of the motherboard matches with the unibody back panel that was leaked previously. They’ve also created a gif that compares the size and the connections of the motherboard in the photos to the parts that were leaked earlier.

It is difficult to confirm the authencity of the photos, but all will be come ture month later.

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