iPhone 5 finally shown off completely assembled

By on July 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM.

iPhone 5 finally shown off completely assembled

iPhone 5 photos, parts assembled, release in Fall

Apple’s iPhone 5 (AAPL) parts have leaked here and there over the past weeks and months, but it looks like all the parts have been collected and we’re now able to see what is most likely Apple’s next-generation iPhone. While a lot of people weren’t a fan of the two-tone color, the latest parts show that the metal panel on the back of the device is the same material as the metal band around the iPhone 5, and it looks much better. More photos are in our gallery.

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Leaked next-gen iPhone part casts doubt on Liquidmetal case

By on May 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM.

Leaked next-gen iPhone part casts doubt on Liquidmetal case

Leaked part debunks Liquidmetal iPhone

A leaked part said to be destined for Apple’s next-generation iPhone may quell rumors that the Cupertino, California-based company is working on a teardrop-shaped Liquidmetal case for the next iPhone. Listed as “Replacement Sim Card Tray Holder Slot For Apple iPhone 5,” parts vendor sw-box.com has made what it claims to be SIM card trays for the sixth-generation iPhone available for purchase on its site. If the part is authentic, the most notable observation is that the new SIM tray is nearly identical to the part found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. While Apple’s next iPhone may still feature a redesigned case, Cult of Mac points out that the use of a flat aluminum tray in the new iPhone would likely indicate that the handset’s case will not utilize curved Liquidmetal alloy, as previously reported. More →

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Redesigned next-generation iPhone parts leak to Chinese vendor

By on April 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM.

Redesigned next-generation iPhone parts leak to Chinese vendor

To start off what will undoubtedly be a long series of part leaks ahead of Apple’s next-generation iPhone launch, China-based parts retailer TVC-Mall has made what it claims to be “iPhone 5″ home buttons available for purchase on its site. “Are you interested in the iPhone 5 which will come out soon?” the company wrote on its website. “Different from iPhone 4S 4, the iPhone 5 home button is round in the centre and square outside as the pictures show.” The home buttons are available for purchase in both black and white, and no other information regarding the next-generation iPhone was made available. TVC-Mall has sold authentic iPhone parts ahead of official Apple launches in the past. BGR reported last December that Apple plans to launch a redesigned iPhone this coming fall. More →

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Leaked iPad 3 parts suggest larger battery, 4G LTE, and Retina Display in same form factor as iPad 2

By on February 8, 2012 at 4:40 PM.

Leaked iPad 3 parts suggest larger battery, 4G LTE, and Retina Display in same form factor as iPad 2

The next-generation iPad will feature a larger battery and a new camera, according to RepairLabs. The website obtained what it claims to be the rear shell of the upcoming iPad 3 from an industry insider in China. After examining the shell and comparing it to an iPad 2 case, RepairLabs noticed the mounts for the logic board were quite different, meaning the board itself will likely be a different shape. The rear case also apparently reveals that the iPad 3 will include a larger battery pack, in line with earlier rumors. The device is also expected to have a “different camera” as well, and the site suggests the front display will also be new. There has been speculation that the next-generation iPad would be slightly thicker, but the site claims that could be false after examining the rear case. Apple is expected to unveil the iPad 3 next month. More →

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Teardown reveals $199 Kindle Fire costs $201.70 to build

By on November 18, 2011 at 10:45 PM.

Teardown reveals $199 Kindle Fire costs $201.70 to build

A recent teardown of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet reveals that the company is likely selling its new Android-powered slate at a loss. Market research and intelligence firm IHS iSuppli on Friday published its findings after disassembling the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and examining its components. Following its analysis, the firm determined that Amazon’s Build of Materials cost is $185.60, and its total cost including manufacturing-related fees is $201.70 per Kindle Fire. Prior to obtaining and disassembling the tablet, IHS had estimated its parts and manufacturing costs to be $209.63 per unit combined. Read on for more. More →

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Apple maintains big margins on iPhone 4S according to UBM analysis

By on October 6, 2011 at 7:00 AM.

Apple maintains big margins on iPhone 4S according to UBM analysis

Apple is looking at another big-margin device launch next week when the tech giant’s fifth-generation iPhone finally hits store shelves on October 14th. Market research and intelligence firm UBM TechInsights on Wednesday estimated that Apple’s 32GB iPhone 4S carries a materials cost of $203 per handset for the Cupertino-based company. UBM arrived at that number by using component costs from its iPhone 4 teardown as a base and then making slight adjustments for known changes in iPhone 4S components, such as the new A5 processor. Apple’s Canadian website states that the MSRP for its iPhone 4S starts at $649 (CAD, though Apple’s pricing in Canada and the U.S. are aligned in most cases), so presuming the company will stay true to form and add $100 to the MSRP of the 32GB model, Apple is looking at a margin of roughly $546 when taking only build of materials (BOM) into account. After additional expenses, however, Apple still looks to have another solid money-maker on its hands. UBM TechInsights’ full press release follows below. More →

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Are these parts from the Apple iPhone 5?

By on September 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM.

Are these parts from the Apple iPhone 5?

There’s a photo floating around that’s been published on a Chinese Twitter-like site that appears to reveal parts from a new iPhone with Apple’s dual-core 1GHz custom A5 chip. There are a few possible explanations assuming the photo is legitimate in the first place. The front case attached to the internal components in the photo clearly shows the first and original white front panel assembly Apple was planning on using for the white iPhone — the company noticed that there were proximity sensor issues and switched to a black cut out instead of the grate-like solution seen above. This means this device pictured is likely old, though it’s possible Apple was indeed lending these out to some developers for testing on next-generation hardware as we reported months ago. The other possible option is that the device photographed will come to market as an upgraded iPhone 4 either alone or alongside a radically different iPhone 5. More →

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HP's exit from webOS devices left suppliers with piles of TouchPad parts

By on August 30, 2011 at 2:01 PM.

HP's exit from webOS devices left suppliers with piles of TouchPad parts

Hewlett-Packard’s component suppliers are none too happy right now according to a report from DigiTimes. Following the company’s decision to discontinue all webOS device efforts, which ostensibly kills off the platform itself, HP’s component suppliers in the East are now sitting on a pile of TouchPad parts that had reportedly been on order for the company’s second webOS tablet, the 7-inch HP TouchPad Go. Citing anonymous sources from HP’s supply chain, DigiTimes says there are apparently enough parts in inventory across HP’s various suppliers to assemble 100,000 7-inch TouchPads, which were originally set to go into production later this quarter. Of course DigiTimes does say that HP is currently negotiating with its suppliers to determine an appropriate solution, and it is beyond unlikely that the company would leave its partners sitting on a mountain of parts; whether or not HP spins off its PC business, it will need to continue working with these companies in some capacity moving forward. HP confirmed when it buried the TouchPad that clearing out unsold stock will cost the company more than $100 million. Add to that the R&D costs and inevitable expense from these unused TouchPad Go parts, and this is turning out to be quite an expensive mistake for the Palo Alto-based tech giant. More →

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Apple iPhone 5 to feature thinner design, according to new leaks

By on August 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Apple iPhone 5 to feature thinner design, according to new leaks

Speculation surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S sure isn’t slowing down, and with Apple expected to take the wraps off the company’s latest smartphone lineup within weeks, more rumored iPhone 5 parts have started to leak out. According to the blog Greek iPhone, which published photos of what it is claiming to be new components from Apple’s upcoming iconic device, the iPhone 5 will be thinner than the current model and it will also feature volume buttons on the opposite side of where they sit now on the iPhone 4. Additionally, the camera module is “quite different” and thinner than the existing part, and it reportedly supports a higher resolution than the current module — it looks like an 8-megapixel sensor is all but confirmed. Hit the jump for additional images of the parts in question. More →

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iPhone 'N94' front panel leaks, appears to be iPhone 4S

By on August 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM.

iPhone 'N94' front panel leaks, appears to be iPhone 4S

Several fresh iPhone “N94″ photos leaked on Monday are fueling rumors that Apple will reveal a low-cost iPhone 4S when it takes the wraps off of the iPhone 5 in the coming weeks. The new batch of images were provided to Engadget by uBreakiFix and are very similar in size and shape to the leaked iPhone 4S parts we saw last week. This new N94 face panel, which is allegedly from an “engineering verification test” build made in March of this year, looks nearly identical to the current iPhone 4. However, there’s a small circular grill that’s positioned just above the earpiece speaker and camera. As Engadget points out, it looks very similar to the webcam LED indicator on Apple’s Mac computers, which would be a welcome addition to the iPhone. Reportedly, a different N94 still had not hit the “design verification stage” stage in June or July, so it’s possible this new design has been tweaked or ditched entirely. A separate model, the N97, has reportedly already hit the design verification stage and is rumored to offer a camera lens provided by Sony. Either way, Apple is sure to excite when it takes the wraps off of its new devices in October. Read on for a second image. More →

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New images of leaked parts reveal iPhone 4S antenna, iPhone 5 case back

By on August 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM.

New images of leaked parts reveal iPhone 4S antenna, iPhone 5 case back

Rumors that Apple plans to release an updated iPhone 4 model — referred to on tech blogs as the “iPhone 4S” — alongside the iPhone 5 this fall gained momentum on Thursday evening as images of purported iPhone 4S parts were published by MacRumors.com. The site says it received parts belonging to the iPhone 4S case from supplier iPatchiPods.com, an online iPhone and iPod repair shop. If these components are believed to be authentic, it appears as though the iPhone 4S will feature a redesigned antenna that may help alleviate attenuation resulting from the notorious “death grip.” In addition, MacPost published an image of what is purported to be the rear back from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5. The redesigned white case back is said to be from a prototype device and it bears the model number “N94,” which we reported belongs to a forthcoming iPhone. MacPost also published several images of various supposed iPhone 5 parts we’ve already seen in the past. The image of the iPhone 5 rear cover and another image of the iPhone 4S antenna assembly follow below. More →

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Images of new purported iPhone 5 parts leak

By on August 22, 2011 at 7:40 PM.

Images of new purported iPhone 5 parts leak

China-based parts supplier TVC-Mall has published more images of various components claimed to be genuine parts from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5. The supplier has gained access to genuine iPhone parts ahead of launch in the past, so it is possible that these components are once again authentic. Last week we saw what were claimed to be headphone jacks and camera lens replacement modules from Apple’s upcoming fifth-generation iPhone, and now TVC-Mall has posted images and information surrounding OEM rear camera lens assemblies, batteries and headphone jack flex cables said to belong to Apple’s iPhone 5. Little can be gleaned from the new images, though the camera lens module shows space for a single LED flash while earlier reports claimed that the new iPhone 5 would feature a dual-LED flash. More images of the purported iPhone 5 parts follow below. More →

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New images of alleged iPhone 5 parts surface

By on August 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM.

New images of alleged iPhone 5 parts surface

Several alleged internal components from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 have surfaced on websites belonging to two different online parts suppliers. As reported by MacPost, purported OEM camera lens replacement modules, OEM headphone jacks and other parts now appear on websites belonging to Chinese parts suppliers TVC-Mall and Truesupplier, further suggesting that a launch of Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone is not far off. Genuine iPhone parts have historically appeared on websites belonging to Chinese parts suppliers ahead of launch, and while not much can be gleaned from examining the parts, their emergence follows a pattern that has historically lead to a new device launch. More images of alleged iPhone 5 parts follow below. More →

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