Speaking to every iPhone owner out there, admit it – you love your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. It’s a beautiful piece of hardware, perhaps the nicest thing to ever come out of Apple. I agree. But the design is also over two years old at this point, which is like two life times for most pieces of hardware in the tech industry. We’re all ready for something newer, something sleeker, something different – and it looks like we got our first look at just that over the weekend.
Almost certainly real photos of the next-generation iPhone hardware have leaked onto the web, courtesy of japanese website iLab. These photos seem to confirm that the next-generation iPhone will indeed sport a longer, but not wider 4″ screen, a two-tone metallic back, a smaller USB connector, a bottom-placed headphone jack, and more. Reports also indicate that the new iPhone will feature an upgraded processor, graphics processor, more RAM, and NFC support.
Although we’re less certain about these dates, we post them for posterity’s sake – the most recent rumors suggest that both the next-generation iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano, and the smaller form factor iPad will be announced during a September 12th keynote. A keynote in September has almost always been used to release updated iPod’s, with the notable exception of 2011, which saw it’s keynote late September and primarily featured only the iPhone 4S.