Posted on September 4, 2012
The sources at Fix-iPhones.com have once again provided the techs at RepairLabs with exclusive photos. We believe that these photos are genuine headphone jack components from the much-anticipated iPad Mini, rumored to be released this September.
Supporting Evidence for Genuine iPad Mini Part:
Picture 1 (Leaked Headphone Jack Images)
- Very similar to iPad 3 headphone jack
- It’s short and stumpy: would take up less real estate in iPad mini
- Black, not gold—black is the standard Apple color of parts
- This is a complete part ready for assembly into device
- Standard Apple barcode visible on back
- Exact yellow adhesive as used in previous iPad parts
- Many similarities to iPad 3 (see below.)
Leaked Photo’s Similarities to iPad 3 Headphone Jack
- Both have slide flex cables that connect the logic board
- The headphone jack makeup is very similar
- The connection from the Leaked Photos strongly resemble the logic board of the iPad 3
- Same cable type: Black color and “lined.”
- Opposite side: you can see a real example of the barcode typical to Apple Products
Problems with the Other Images as Genuine iPad Mini Photos
- Not a complete part, in that it has no port on it
- No barcode
- We think this looks like a mark-up part, used for testing before the final design
- This photo they indicates that the headphone jack is going to be in close proximity to the charger port.
- The home button flex positioning puts it at risk for tearing when disassembled.
- Doesn’t detail Apple Barcode very well
- A copper colored coating, rather than the typical flat black. Apple hasn’t used this color since iPhone 2G. Apple is known for its crisp black cables
- Also show the headphone jack close to charger port
- The home button flex appears to be positioned underneath the charger port such that it would be at high risk for tearing when disassembling the device
One major difference between our photos and the others are that ours show the traditional setup: the headphone jack with a bit of distance before the charger port. The images from iResq and Nowhereelese.fr suggest that the jack and port will be closer together, making the iPad Mini more like a smartphone in design. Who’s right? That remains to be decided.
As we speculated earlier, in our post about the similarities between the upcoming iPhone and the 3GS, Apple may be reviving some oldies but goodies. This seems to be the case with the iPad Mini too, in mimicking the some of the successful design elements of the iPad 3, just in a cute little mini package.
Curtis is a tech expert and go to guy for Fix-iPhones.com.
Posted on August 31, 2012
New iPhone 5 echoes 3GS?
Here at www.Fix-iPhones.com The release of exclusive images of the iPhone 5 from our sister site, RepairLabs.com, this morning, has sparked a lot of debate and speculation. It looks to us as though Apple is returning to the nostalgia of simpler times, by incorporating many of the design features of the 3GS.
Could Apple like the old design better? Our humble theory is that they do. We suspect that under-warranty returns proved too cumbersome and clunky with the design of the iPhone 4’s. As experts who have repaired hundreds of both the iPhone 3’s and 4’s, the design of the 3’s is much more elegant and easy to repair. It’s also far less prone to breakage, as the back housing is not made of glass. We speculate that Apple grew weary of the redesign as well.
Of course this is not to discount all of the other changes that might have forced the return to the older design. Changing the ratio of the screen or the positioning of the camera may have contributed to the necessity of the return to the Ole Faithful design of the 3GS. To run down all of the major differences we can see, we’ve compiled this list.
With these photos we can confirm:
Some Striking Similarities to the 3GS
- Apple has reworked the whole LCD Assembly and front Digitizer of the device. There are 3 flex cables. The first seems to be the proximity ear speaker, and the front camera. The last two probably LCD and Digitizer.
- The ratio of the device itself hints that it is indeed the long-rumored bigger screen.
- The camera is in the front middle of the ear speaker, no longer on the side of the ear speaker.
- It looks like it has a black ear speaker mesh instead of the typical metallic mesh.
- The home button is going to have more support as it backed by a metal bracket. Rather than being supported by prongs or push cables, it may actually be a combination of both.
- It appears to have a plastic 3GS-type midframe running around the digitizer and glass LCD assembly.
- The metal brackets suggest that it will be sitting in a housing that’s similar to that of the 3GS, but more modern and updated.
- From the width of the bracket, we can tell the charger port is going to be smaller (as rumored) because it has to fit between the two bottom screw brackets, exactly like in the 3GS.
- These pictures show that the LCD may pull apart from the Digitizer, given the side-situated rivets. (This is similar again to the 3GS, but a departure from the 4 and 4S.)
- We notice a striking similarity to a 3GS, with the bottom screws and brackets. We think it will pull open from the front.
So, could this be the iPhone 5 real thing? We think so, and these photos seem prove a lot of what the tech world has been suspecting all along regarding the new iPhone 5. Could Apple be going back to the old faithful model of the iPhone 3Gs? It looks probable. We applaud the return to the previous design for ease of repair and an elegance of design.
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by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.
Posted on June 6, 2012
Why the Leaked iPhone 5 Videos are Fake.
RepairLabs cries FOUL and takes issue with all of these so called new iPhone schematics that are being eagerly gobbled up by the web community. 9 to 5 Mac has just shared a video from Macotarkara, and I hate to be the one to break it to them (as I wholeheartedly love and respect this news source) but this isn’t the real deal. I’m afraid all the hype around this so-called prototype is nothing more than bunk and blather.
- First of all, we can’t really get in for a close look at the varmint. Yes, we ourselves have received less than perfect images from our sources, but couldn’t they get us a high resolution shot that we can really investigate? However we’re willing to concede that better images just may not be available if an anonymous source from a Chinese manufacturing company is providing the images. We’ve been in that position with our leak of iPad 3 Back Housing, back in Februray.
- But take a look at the cuts on the metal around the casing. They aren’t the usual beautiful clean cuts that are typical of Apple’s quality standards. I’ve worked with hundreds of iPhones and Apple Products, and none have ever looked this bad. At best this is the work of a newbie CNC machinist. Look close in the 9 to 5 Mac image, right where the Home Button should be on the white casing. See those tiny lines? See how they stop right before the edge of the metal? Apple doesn’t do that. Their housings aren’t machined, they’re pressed. This casing looks as though it has been CNC milled – you can see the bit cuts, that round off as the blade makes the turn.
- Yes, it does have a barcode…because I couldn’t fake a barcode in five minutes with a stencil and some black Puffpaint.
- I also take issue with the pill-shaped USB port. Apple has utilized the 30-Pin port since the release of the original iPod, back in November of 2001. That is eleven years, kids. Why would they change it now? The thousands of accessories out there are all going to be rendered useless. With their founder and leader gone can Apple really have abandoned their core design (pardon the pun) so soon?
- There are cheap knock-offs out there, usually produced in China. The 2nd (right) image below bears a striking resemblance to the supposed blueprints. Check out the port on this image, kinda…pill shaped? Definitely not real Apple there. And the first (left) image is another fun example of how teriffically BAD the knockoffs can be. Hilariously, pitifully bad.
In this humble genius’ opinion, the ultra-secretive Apple company could possibly have leaked fakes in order to trace leaks.
Yes all of these things do match perfectly with the leaked schematics of late, but could it be a little too perfect? Couldn’t some unscrupulous, opportunistic start-up have created a quick and dirty mock up in order to get a million and a half YouTube hits? Hardware expert Adrian Kingsly-Hughes makes a compelling case (see link above) against those blueprints. Heck, we here at RepairLabs could easily make up our own glass front panel and plunk it up on the Internet claiming it’s real. In fact, this leaves me wondering, why didn’t we think of doing that?
No, I won’t go so far as to say that this isn’t the new design, but I’m mighty skeptical. One thing I’m certain of: these pictures are not real iPhone components.
Take me on in the comments, I dare you.
by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.