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The days of 2014 haven’t even clocked up double figures yet and already the iPhone 6 rumour mill is grinding out more purported sightings of Apple’s next iOS handset design. This time we get to gaze upon blurry metal chassis images, apparently courtesy of Chinese site CTech, (C科技). Yet following this supposed leak, all and …

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Yep - it does't look cool to take calls, but if it came with a cool stereo Bluetooth headset all with Qi charging and a mat then it would still look cool when your on the phone.

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Make calls?

You mean Voice calls? LOL - so 2003. My even-cooler-than-me teenage son doesn't even have any voice calling included on his cheep-as-chips PAYG plan. SMS and a wee bit of data is all. I make hardly any voice calls at all, and those few are just to find my wee feisty wife hiding behind the clothes racks at the mall. Voice calls - puh.

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@william 10

if it "came with" ???

Since when does the fruity firm GIVE anything away? If it was indeed an apple i device, and did make it to market as a phab, you can bet your ass that the base unit will allow hand held calls, and an official, white BT adapter will be available for 3 times the market price of other BT headsets...

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Re: @william 10

Once again, a snarky comment by some fanboi that needs to justify his product choice, good or bad, by running down the competition.

I own devices from all three major mobile OS concerns, Google, Microsoft and Apple. Seems to me that none of them give you much extra when you buy the product. Accessories that not everyone wants would only add to the cost.

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Nuff said.

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that's what the iWatch is going to be for!

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Or..

iWatchUpee

If it's got a camera.

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highly dubious

Weren't these already disproved yesterday? All the features on these photos resemble the pre-iPhone5 design.

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/08/iphone-6-frame-photos/

- The part appears to be a midframe such as that found in earlier iPhone models, allowing components to be attached to both sides of the part before being enclosed in the device's shell. Apple did away with midframe components as of the iPhone 5, opting for a unibody rear shell design that allows components to be mounted directly to the shell, yielding a thinner design. A return to a design requiring a midframe part would seem unlikely given Apple's emphasis on thinness.

- The frame seems to show accommodation for a headphone jack at the same end of the device where a circular feature presumably corresponding to the device's rear camera is positioned, undoubtedly the top end. With the shift to the narrower Lightning connector in the iPhone 5, Apple shifted the location of the iPhone's headphone jack to the bottom edge of the device, matching the position seen on the iPod touch since its launch and allowing the headphone cable to naturally fall so as to not interfere with viewing of the device's screen. Moving the headphone jack back to the top edge of the device for the iPhone 6 appears unlikely, though not impossible.

In the face of those apparent inconsistencies with Apple's design direction, there is essentially no evidence in favor of this part being from an iPhone, leaving only the original poster's claim as support. The part is rather unremarkable with what appears to be fairly poor finish quality, meaning that it could be from one of any number of devices in the Asian supply chain.

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Re: highly dubious

The pasted article relies on Apple having consistent design direction to disprove the validity of the photo.

I don't think they have consistent design direction.

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Re: highly dubious

Agreed.

Headphone jack back the the top?

I don't think so.

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Re: highly dubious

I don't think they have consistent design direction.

but the point about the lightening connector makes sense, no?

they moved the headphone jack to the bottom because there is space there - it also means, if you put the phone in your trouser pocket while listening on head/earphones, the phone is upside down in your pocket - so when you reach in to take it out and look at it, it is the right way up in your hand.

that's the kind of weird attention to detail that Apple love. would seem odd for them to abandon in within one design iteration, no?

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Why has it come out of China too?

Don't they do their R&D at home in the USA??

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Re: highly dubious

Prototyping of the concept would be done in the USA, but the fine-tuning of the production processes is done in China - where the production lines are. Anyway, it's a moot point, cos it isn't an Apple device.

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Re: highly dubious

Except when you have it in your jacket pocket or shirt pocket or strapped to your arm when jogging or in a rear pocket when riding a bike, it is the wrong way up.

So, always wrong for someone or sometimes, or they need to have a socket at each end.

There is no 'right' end of the phone for the jack.

A wireless headset fixes this problem entirely for me.

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> Except when you have it in your jacket pocket or shirt pocket or strapped to your arm when jogging or in a rear pocket when riding a bike, it is the wrong way up.

Who gives a monkeys which way up it is, when it's in your pocket and nobody can see the screen anyway?

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When I'm running and I have it strapped to my arm it makes quite a difference which way up it is...

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"but the point about the lightening connector makes sense, no?"

For some reason I read that as "but the point about the lightning conductor makes sense, no?" which threw me for a minute.

Must be lack of beer, beers all round, cheers everyone!

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Re: highly dubious (@Immenseness)

I heard that if you can give it 1.21 gigawatts then it can go almost three full days without needing to be plugged back in. It's Apple's version of wireless charging.

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Whatever!

Too many non-news items on here these days.

How about a section dedicated to industry rumours, because rumurs (whilst sometimes interesting) aren't real news (IMO)!

Also, we can expect more of these fake product leaks, thanks to decreasing 3D printing costs.

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Re: Whatever!

>Also, we can expect more of these fake product leaks, thanks to decreasing 3D printing costs.

Even when they are clearly CNC machined?

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Copy, Copy, Copy.

Why don't they just call it the iNote.

Apple Innovation died with Steve Jobs

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Phablet calling

While most of us would feel that we'd look a bit daft holding a phablet-like device to our ear to make a call, I reckon the fanbois will lap this up....another way to draw attention to themselves and the fact that they have the latest iDevice.

[ fact - based on professional experience in this area - the iPhone has the biggest ratio of perceived market presence to actual market presence. Android, BB, etc, users have a "smartphone" and say things like "I need to make a call" or "I'll look that up on my phone".....Apple fanbois have "and iPhone" and say "I'll need to make a call on my iPhone" or "I'll get my iPhone and look that up". Consequently, there's a perception that there are a lot more iPhone users out there than there actually are, just because they keep banging on about the iPhone so much, whereas users of other platforms just get on with it ]

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fact - based on [my] experience

I'm not sure that that is actually the definition of the word "fact"?

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Your edging towards philosophical now, the OP knows it to be true based on their experience, so in essence it is a fact to them, might not be to anyone else, bu they can still call it a fact as they perceive it.

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I meant "fact" as in I have seen figures based on actual research carried out by professional/specialist research companies, as opposed to some biased personal opinion that I'd just pulled out of my arse

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...what he said.

I* device users seem to have an obsession with telling you what device it is. It's a weird phenomenon but does seem to be the case in my experience.

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Makes it very annoying to read otherwise entertaining novels (I am looking at you Patricia Cornwell) that constantly say "I sent a quick email using my iPhone". The context invariably means she doesn't need to say how she sent the damn email. It particularly doesn't need to use 'iPhone' as one says 'Hoover', it hasn't earned that right and never will.

Just off to Philishave...

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iProduct placement?

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> the OP knows it to be true based on their experience, so in essence it is a fact to them

Truthiness is a quality characterizing a "truth" that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively "from the gut" or because it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.

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"I sent a quick email using my iPhone"

It's called creative writing... Lots of detail, even if irrelevant, helps paint a more vivid mental picture.

The assasin drove up slowly in the black Audi, its tyres crunching the gravel..." Black, Audi and crunching gravel sound are all irrelevant.

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I don't see this as a I* device _user-based_ phenomenon, but rather an example of some extremely good marketing by Apple: iPhone (and iPad, and iPod) are all extremely good monikers for the device, better than "smartphone" ("tablet", "MP3 player").

This should come as no surprise, because by and large Apple's strength is in "technical marketing", rather than true pure innovation: to paraphrase BASF, they didn't invent the mouse/MP3 player/smartphone/tablet/whatever, they packaged up a bunch of existing stuff (and did very well), and then SOLD it to consumers.

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I respectfully disagree. I may be a part of a small minority who never ever did that, but the claim that idevice users being obsessed with telling people what devices they have can be easily applied to Samsung Galaxy owners, just to give an example. I've heard my friend say, "Let me see that video on my Galaxy". Which kind of puzzled me because, why don't you just say "my phone"? Seriously, I think I've not come across any apple or droid users addressing their phones as "my iphone" or "my droid".

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I don't care what it looks like

Will it have more than 64Gb of storage?

I'm using a (now) suffering 64Gb. I also use my phone as my ipod and if they released a phone one with at least 80Gb then I wouldn't have to downgrade all of my music just to get it onto the phone*. Not usually a problem but syncing has become really flaky lately, I have to resync the whole phone generally once a month. It takes all night as the music files get re-encoded before being sent to the phone.

I know this is more a problem with iTunes 11, iOS7 and crapy syncing with the iPhone but I'd still rather just have a phone big enough to store everything. I'm happy with sticking to iPhones, although I see little need to upgrade at the moment. In any case Android seem to be keeping the rivals I might consider (Nexus) with limited storage as they'd rather have people use the cloud for everything but in the real world we move around where bandwidth and effective bandwidth rarely enable such activities.

And while we are at it get rid of that connector - either 30pin (the one everyone has a dock for) or the proper standard micro-USB.

* - The reason is that I keep all my music (ripped from CDs) in lossless, not because I think I can hear the difference between that and 192Kbps but because I don't see any reason to rip CDs into lossy formats. Disc space isn't a premium so why choose a lower quality format for the source? I'd rather have the equipment limit the sound quality rather than the data itself and I don't have to worry about reencoding, with lossless I have a music collection that I can keep forever without re-ripping and re-encoding fine if needs be.

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Funny when you mention that disk space isn't a premium while complaining that you are suffering from 64Gb.

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Re: I don't care what it looks like

You are the reason for the downfall of society.

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"In any case Android seem to be keeping the rivals I might consider (Nexus) with limited storage"

Not quite. Some Android devices do have a micro SD slot, you know. They come with quite astonishing capacity these days, considering how tiny they are, and you can remove/replace it, if it's still not enough. Of course, Apple lovers wouldn't know about it, because they have been limited to what Apple gave them for a long time. :P

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Your title is a lie, you do care what it looks like, 'cause if it looked like a big 9inch black ribbed knobbler you won't get it out of your pocket to put to your ear to make a call :-P

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I'm lost ... you say the music is being reencoded every time you have to sync the phone ?

Then why not just reencode to VBR-mp3s and leave the lossless items on your harddrive ?

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Re: I don't care what it looks like

Usually I don't but basically every few weeks (after iOS7 of course) the sync messes up losing the music on the phone and I have to then resync the music onto the phone. This means a reenode (which iTunes does automatically) as the files are passed from computer to phone and this takes ages. I have thought of trying to have different collections but I ultimately just want simplicity. Music stored in one form and synced to the phone. My gripe is that the max storage in iPhones has plateaued since the 4S, an increase in storage would make life just a little bit simpler.

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Funny when you mention that disk space isn't a premium while complaining that you are suffering from 64Gb.

Yes, I did think that when writing but hoped people would understand I meant that hard disc space (computers and stuff) doesn't have a storage premium but storage on the phone is very limited. It is also why I don't fully understand why phones have not increased in capacity much over the last few years, I would have thought it would be a simple headline improvement for manufacturers in competition.

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Not quite. Some Android devices do have a micro SD slot, you know.

I know some Androids come with SD slots, but I did qualify my point by saying those 'I might consider', the Nexus line in particular don't. I would mainly consider jumping from an iPhone to a Nexus phone but they have very limited storage.

The fact that SD cards (and almost every other storage medium) store so much is why I'm perplexed that phones have stopped increasing in capacity.

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You are the reason for the downfall of society

What gave it away?

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@Don Dumb

What you need is a thing called a "hard drive". They come in varying shapes and sizes.

I get the whole "i've made a backup of my music collection" I really do, but why on earth would you want to carry every single bit and byte of it around with you everywhere?

At what point are you in a situation where 5,10,20 or even 30 gigs of music in your pocket has been insufficient?

It's like buying a motorbike the bitching that there's no room for the wife, kids and golf clubs.

If this is your only form of backing this data up then that's foolish. Phones can be pretty fragile beasts, but lets assume you're not a simpleton and you have them on another hard drive then it's back to my original question;

Why on earth would you see "being able to carry over XXGb of music" ever be the primary concern when buying a smartphone?

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At the risk of upsetting Your Majesty I'd argue there's nothing 'funny' about The Don's situation. Perfectly acceptable to comment that disk space isn't a premium if you rip your CDs into a library stored on a PC/Mac with its gig upon gig of disk space and then sync to a device with 64GB of non-disk-based storage.

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Re: I don't care what it looks like

Is your lossless FLAC?, if not, you have a solution.

Btw, iPhones have lousy audio stages, as do iPods (and other phones).

The fact is that your audio equipment is not good enough to warrant lossless storage. The dynamic range is too low and the quality of the amplification is too poor - they spend a tiny amount of the BOM on that stuff.

You may well be able to get a better result if you use Bluetooth A2DP, using a high data rate to a very expensive pair of headphones with very expensive audio stages.

This all presumes you actually have the listening equipment) able to tell and/or you have a graphic equaliser on your phone to help out your useless ears - mine does, for wired headsets at least.

I couldn't help laughing when a colleague bemoaned the storage on his HTC (of some previous non-Beats vintage) because FLAC took up too much space (so he simply selected subsets of his music). When I mentioned the above issues with the audio stages and the mismatch (both impedance and audio quality wise) with his expensive Sennheiser headphones, his response was that he needed to start out with the highest quality to get the best possible output.

I have a high confidence that testing, say, 320kps MP3 against FLAC would not have been discernible on that equipment with those ears.

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Re: I don't care what it looks like

@cambsukguy - I don't think you bothered to fully read my comment.

I know I can't hear the difference between lossless (in this case Apple Lossless) and a decent lossy bitrate, especially when played back through a phone. The lossless music on my computer is reencoded to a lossy bitrate (by iTunes) when synced to my phone. I'd just rather have a bit more storage and not even bother needing to convert, just have everything in lossless and keep it simple.

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Re: I don't care what it looks like

@DijitulSupport- What the hell are you on about?

"I get the whole "i've made a backup of my music collection" I really do"

No you don't because that isn't what I'm doing, it is nothing to do with backup, where did you even get that idea? I have my music originally stored on my computer and also wish it to be listened to where I am, hence on my phone. Why would you even think I'm talking about backup when I said nothing of the sort.

Why on earth would you see "being able to carry over XXGb of music" ever be the primary concern when buying a smartphone?

Firstly I didn't say it was a primary concern but why wouldn't storage be a factor with a *smart*phone (aka computer phone). If you were just making calls with your phone, you wouldn't need a smartphone at all. I happen to want the same music I own on my phone as it doubles as my iPod.

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@Anon Coward: 12:23

Plus one for the Dimension Jump quote! (well close enough to it anyway!)

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I have a vague recollection that at least one oldish iphone or ipod was rated relatively highly by the people on HeadFi (headphone audiophile obsessives). Not newer ones though. I have a FiiO portable headphone amp/DAC thing which I often attach to an iPhone 3GS - the difference between lossless and AAC is very noticeable through the headphone amp but close to undetectable using the phone output (with Sennheiser HD25 headphones).

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> Why on earth would you see "being able to carry over XXGb of music" ever be the primary concern when buying a smartphone?

Possibly because he is demonstrating the point made by ' The Man Himself' above. The most important aspect about owning a phone is 'street cred'. Being able, not only to say "I have an iPhone", but also "I have more music than the rest of you put together" is vital in his social clique (The Cult of Jobs).

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