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The First Part Leaks of the Grey or ‘Graphite’ iPhone 5S

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Up to this point, it has widely been reported that the iPhone 5S will only come in 3 colors: Gold, Slate, and white with silver trim. According to a new images we’ve obtained, however, it appears the iPhone 5S may also come in a 4th color – a grey or graphite color with a black trim. You can check out samples in the below gallery. This grey color could be more durable than the slate color, as the lighter the anodization, the easier it is to get to stick onto the aluminum. This new color could be Apple responding to the weak finish of the slate iPhone 5.

In addition, here are a few shots of the new grey color next to the gold iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5S screen assembly.

What are your thoughts? Would you buy a grey or graphite-colored iPhone 5S? Let us know in the comments!

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High-Quality Photos of Champagne iPhone 5S Rear Shell Surface + Screen

Sonny Dickson

Direct from our source in Apple’s Asian supply chain, we have an exclusive look at the iPhone 5s back housing in Champagne. On the outside, the 5s casing looks almost exactly like the iPhone 5 (besides the color and dual LED flash cutout). Like all “S” release devices, the changes are mostly internal and the iPhone 5s casing is no different. The first thing that we noticed upon inspection is that the screw mounting posts are in slightly different locations, this most likely points to a new logic board in the 5s featuring an A7 chip. Besides that, the case is very similar to the iPhone 5. Check out the pictures below and stay tuned for more part leaks in the future!

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Hands-On With The Red iPhone 5C Back Housing

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Just when you thought we were already up to our necks in iPhone part leaks, we’ve just gotten our hands on the red iPhone 5C. It’s just like the previous back housing leaks – except, of course, it is red!

A quick note on the red color. Many readers are saying the color seems more pink than it is red. This is true, but if you look at the launch of the 5th generation iPod Touch, the (PRODUCT) RED color looks like the same color, albeit more pink.

Could Apple launch the iPhone 5C as a (PRODUCT)RED edition?

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Up Close iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S – Screens Included!

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We’ve leaked iPhone 5C shells. We’ve leaked iPhone 5S shells. And now, direct from our sources within Apple’s supply chain, here they both are side by side, along with additional parts to add to the excitement!

You’re looking at our most extensive iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C part leak yet, with a variety of ribbon cables and components, including the entire intact casings, vibration motor, audio jack, SIM trays, the front and rear cameras, the mounts to attach all of the components to the casing, and more. Nearly everything except the logic board – even the screens!

Make of it what you will – this is the proverbial jackpot of iPhone hardware leaks. One thing’s for certain. September 10th cannot come fast enough! Continue Reading

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The Truth About the Black iPhone 5C

Sonny Dickson

Earlier this week, the Apple “blogosphere” went ablaze over the possibility of a black color option for Apple’s upcoming lower-cost iPhone, referred to by most as the iPhone 5C. The report, which included images of a supposed black iPhone 5C rear shell, originated from Chinese social network Weibo user Ban base de mango (as reported by PhoneArena, and again at BGR). 

The photos that accompanied the report (pictured above) even pictured the black rear shell next to Apple’s current iPhone 5. Unfortunately, while the pictures and accompanying tall-tale of a “news report” might seem interesting at first, there’s a tiny little problem with the report as a whole: it’s completely false.

We can exclusively confirm that not only will Apple not offer a black color option for the iPhone 5C when it is expected to go on sale next month, but in fact, they never planned a black color option in the first place. Continue Reading

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Complete Gallery of iPhone 5C Rear Housings

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You’ve seen most of these iPhone 5C parts leaked separately – now see them all in one place in one super-gallery of assorted leaked parts! In this gallery, you can see the red, yellow, green, blue and white iPhone 5c rear housings. If you are planning on buying one of these when it’s announced, feel free to use this guide to compare the colors so you don’t have to ask yourself that question on pre-order day. Not much more can be said about this collection. Enjoy!

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Hands-On With The Yellow iPhone 5C Back Housing

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Following the seemingly limitless number of iPhone 5C prototype pictures we’ve obtained and posted for your viewing pleasure, we’ve gotten our hands on something a little more interesting: A detailed hands-on video of a yellow iPhone 5C back housing! Not only does this further drive home the idea that the 5C will come in multiple colors – it also adds to the already vast amount of confirmation about the device’s design.

On the plastic backing, we find the expected cutouts for the headphone jack, camera and LED flash (which seems to be all-but-confirmed as a single-LED flash rather than a dual-LED flash).

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5c alongside the iPhone 5s on September 10th. Check out our exclusive video below – and as always, feel free to sound off with your own thoughts and opinions in our comments! Continue Reading

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New Photos Showing iPhone 5C Volume Buttons

Sonny Dickson

We have come across some clear photos of the volume buttons from the upcoming iPhone 5C. In the photos you can see the volume buttons alongside the power button and mute switch. These buttons have a similar shape to ones found in the iPad mini and the 5th generation iPod Touch, pointing to a design that looks similar to those devices.

The photos have been given to us by a trusted source in China who had had access to device parts.

The 5C will launch in a variety of colors including green, yellow, red and blue; as seen in the images. Is color variation enough to get you interested in Apples first attempt at a budget device? Continue Reading

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Hands-On With The Green iPhone 5C Back Housing

Sonny Dickson

Just when you thought we were already up to our necks in iPhone part leaks, we’ve just gotten our hands on the green back housing of the iPhone 5C. It’s just like the previous back housing leaks – except in green!

Apple’s always one to pay attention to even minor details – for instance, they’ve customized the color of the side volume buttons and mute buttons to better match the green shell.

Our full set of high-quality pictures of the green casing can be seen below. Enjoy – and don’t forget to comment if you have any thoughts of your own to add! Continue Reading

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Hands-On With The White iPhone 5C Back Housing

Sonny Dickson

We’ve managed to get our hands on a rear housing part for the iPhone 5C in white directly from our source in Apple’s Asian supply chain. As you can see, the part matches up well with numerous leaks regarding the device dating all the way back to April. This back shell featuring a design similar to the iPhone 3GS, but flatter. The plastic shell is mounted on a stainless steel backplate as well, making it very ridged. On the bottom, you can see that Apple is using speaker and microphone grill layout similar to the one found in the 5th generation iPod Touch.

The white shell gives us the best look yet at the details of the iPhone 5C’s designs. We hope you find our massive gallery of images as enlightening as we did! Continue Reading

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The Mystery of MediMac: Apple’s Secret Internal Support Team!

Sonny Dickson

Deep inside the structure of Apple Inc, there is a small division called MediMac. Seemingly sounding like a repair shop for Macs, it is in fact quite a different beast.  It is where Apple develops, tests and perfects all of their prototypes. MediMac is designed to assist the select few who are given Apple prototypes.

MediMac is more than just a help desk, once an idea has been conceptualized and given to hardware to make the components, MediMac takes over and plays an important role in the forming and building of the product. They are also there to provide internal support to the prototypes to those developing software for the device.

MediMac is said to be one of the most integral departments in the development stages at Apple.  Even more interesting, executives having problems with the prototypes they are developing contact MediMac for support with their products.  This includes the ability to contact MediMac from their home directly. Executives who create prototypes are also not allowed to test them without first signing them up with MediMac. Continue Reading

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Hands-On With The iPhone 5C Back Housing in 5 Colors

Sonny Dickson

You’ve no doubt heard about Apple’s budget iPhone by now, widely referred to as the “iPhone 5C” by the media. You’ve undoubtedly read more rumors than you can shake a stick at, and endured more banter over the possibility than you can stand. Up to this point, it’s all been rumor and speculation, with nothing truly concrete to hold in your mind. Until now, that is.

How would you like to see what Apple’s rumored “budget” iPhone will actually look like for yourself? We’ve gotten our hands on what are almost certainly actual back housings meant for Apple’s budget iPhone. From the info we’ve received from reliable sources inside Apple’s supply chain, it appears that the device will be available in a variety of colors, and will be housed in a premium plastic casing.

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Hands-On With Apple’s Unique Dual-Microphone iPad Mini Prototype

Sonny Dickson

According to our sources, Apple had originally planned to incorporate what appears to be a second microphone in the recent version of the iPad mini.

The photo’s below shows the prototype iPad mini with an extra hole centered atop the rear of the device. It is unclear as to why Apple withheld the second microphone from the final product release, my guesses would be that it was axed out to cut down on cost, or to be preserved for a future generation iPad mini.

The current generation iPad mini only features one microphone on the the top of the device. Current generations of the iPhone have a second microphone that is used to improve audio quality during phone calls, shooting video, and using Siri, so it doesn’t make much sense for Apple to neglect that feature on the current generation mini. Continue Reading

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A Close-Up Look at Apple’s Never-Before-Seen Internal “MMI” Software (Captured from an iPad 2 Prototype)

Sonny Dickson

Apple is about as meticulous about leak control as a dentist is about a patient brushing their teeth. There is no better way to exemplify Apple’s precautions than to show something that has been in captivity for quite some time.

Apple’s SwitcherBoard app is well-hidden, it was recently removed from the Apple Store and it is now hidden with link-only availability that can only be only downloaded with certain keychains and a specified VPN. Continue Reading

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Take a Look at Apple’s Secret Internal Training Video for Authorized Service Providers!

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Authorized Service Providers are one of the strongest parts of the history of the Mac – before Apple started building their own retail stores, authorized service providers were the only place you could go to have your Apple computers repaired, but what exactly do those friendly technicians have to go through before they’re allowed to work on your Apple device?

We’ve gotten our hands on one of the secret training videos used to initiate technicians at Apple Authorized Service Providers, including the ideas and values they are expected to uphold. Check it out below! Continue Reading

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Leaked Parts Prove iPhone 5 Will Not Have NFC or a Fingerprint Scanner

Sonny Dickson

Last week the internet went into a tizzy about the possibility of the next generation iPhone including NFC. A picture of what appears to be the new iPhone display had been leaked with what appears to be a square bracket that could house an NFC chip.

There has also been a lot of talk about Apple including Authentec’s ‘Fingerprint Scanner’ solution as early as the next generation iPhone. Some people have speculated that the next iPhone would be too soon whilst others have said that Apples rush to purchase Authentec so quickly was a definite sign that it will be included as early as possible.

Today at SonnyDickson.com I’ve have received more up to date pictures that show what is underneath the metal casing that supposedly housed the NFC chip and have received more detailed photos of the home button assembly. What does this mean?

I reached out to mendmyi’s Riki Baker who told me that the latest leaked pictures appear to show that there is indeed no NFC chip or fingerprint scanner included in what appears to be the complete front assembly but went on to say that Apple may well be keeping these features under lock and key until their announcement on September 12th.

With the introduction of Apple’s new ‘Passbook’ payment solution with iOS 6 and presumabely the next generation iPhone NFC and a Fingerprint Scanner would make perfect sense but looking at Apple and their incremental iPhone updates it may be too big an update in too short an amount of time.

We look forward to Apple’s announcement on September 12th.

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Hands-On With a Secret Internal 3rd-Gen iPod touch Prototype

Sonny Dickson

I’ve just got my hands on an iPod Touch, running Apple’s Diagnostic Software. The Device has a Software labelled, Switchboard. Switchboard basically runs a self diagnosis to ensure the device has no problems.

The back looks like chrome and, just like older iPods, scratches pretty easy. The volume buttons are on the side and the sleep/wake button is on the top.

We have checked the serial number and its shows that it’s an iPod Touch (Late 2009) with 32GB of memory and features a rear camera which is oddly placed in the center. Also found on the back is a wifi patch. Continue Reading

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