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Rumor: Jobs Scrapped the iPhone 5 Shortly Before Launch

By - Source: Business Insider | B 70 comments

The iPhone 5 was real, it just never made it to launch.

Apple disappointed a lot of people when it didn't announce an iPhone 5 last month. Though owners of the new iPhone 4S are no doubt happy with their purchase, the world thought Apple was gearing up to launch a completely redesigned iPhone and the minor upgrade that was launched in its place was a huge disappointment. However, it seems an iPhone 5 was on the cards for this year, until just a few months prior the launch.

Business Insider cites a reliable industry source that's been right about Apple stuff in the past in reporting that the fully redesigned iPhone was real but was scrapped by Steve Jobs because he didn't like it. BI's source says that Apple engineers he knows thought a new, full redesigned iPhone was going to be Apple's next big announcement until about three months before the iPhone 4S was announced (so Julyish). BI's source says he spent two weeks with one of the new, redesigned phones (before the project was scrapped, we assume) and that the device had a large 4-inch display; was made of in-house prototype material (ie. not production quality); had an aluminum back, just like the rumors predicted; a messed up color profile on the screen (an attempt, he believes, to draw attention away from the fact that Apple planned on having a better screen on the iPhone 5); no physical home button; a flatter/thinner design; much improved performance; a woeful battery; a 10-megapixel lens; and a version of Siri, then called Assistant.

All in all, that sounds to us like a pretty impressive piece of equipment. So why did Steve Jobs toss this device in favor of the iPhone 4S? According to BI's source, there's a rumor among Apple staff that says Jobs wasn't happy with the size of the screen because it "fragmented" the iPhone line. Steve has expressed his distaste for massive screens in the past, so we're not surprised to hear that a 4-inch display didn't jive with him. Still, with phones getting bigger and bigger, we're starting to think customers will want a 4-inch iPhone soon. The iPhone 4S's 3.5-inch display is going to look quite small next to the Galaxy Nexus' 4.65-inch panel.

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    hoof_hearted , November 15, 2011 3:41 PM
    I opted to the Galaxy 2 because of the larger screen over the iPhone 4S. Now I am glad I switched over to the Android camp.
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    extremepcs , November 15, 2011 5:33 PM
    acadia11No, my 3.5" is fine for that , if I need bigger i'll whip out my...


    LOL
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    torque79 , November 15, 2011 4:41 PM
    getrealI agree that it did motivate them to make much better products than the crap they were making, but they accomplished this making exact replicas of the iphone, making them inherently inferior to the iPhone.


    huh? Yeah that original Samsung Galaxy is such "crap they were making", supporting flash, FLAC (instead of a proprietary lossless format), AMOLED screen with better contrast ratio and brightness, FAR less restrictive OS, easier drag and drop file transfers from Windows, non-proprietary cabling (micro USB), true multitasking and easier methods to end active tasks.

    Based on internet comments alone it does sound like the newer iphones battery life is better, except when you install some additional apps which somehow kill battery life despite the Iphone's supposedly superior method of shutting down apps when you switch to another. Then when you complain about it on forums some people question your intelligence by just saying that's not possible, you're wrong and somehow are not able to observe the time on a clock to tell how long your own phone's battery lasted.
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    SirGCal , November 15, 2011 3:38 PM
    This must be old news... Jobs is dead... Died in Oct.. But it figures... He's odd personal tastes influenced the whole line... That's just another reason why I don't use a mini-screen phone.
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    mcd023 , November 15, 2011 3:40 PM
    my samsung focus is 4". I think that's about as small as I could go for a phone. I don't have puny fingers. I really can't even type on the iPhones. I wouldn't be surprised if the made the iPhones bigger soon now that Jobs is gone
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    species8472 , November 15, 2011 3:40 PM
    What a dick! He scrapped a product because "he didn't like it?" Apple did everything on his whims it would seem. No one else had any say in anything.
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    hoof_hearted , November 15, 2011 3:41 PM
    I opted to the Galaxy 2 because of the larger screen over the iPhone 4S. Now I am glad I switched over to the Android camp.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 15, 2011 3:43 PM
    Amusing how Job's main goal was to destroy android (see his biography), but his strategy only backfired upon him. By attacking the other companies (samsung etc) it only motivated them to make better, MUCH better devices to stay on the market, and in turn they have taken up more market share.

    This iPhone 5 being scrapped before launch certainly would not have helped his case.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 15, 2011 3:44 PM
    Oh and adding to everyone else's fapping: Just got myself a Galaxy Note, IMO the best purchase I ever made. 5.3 inch 1280*800 SuperAmoled screen is a godsend
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    synd , November 15, 2011 3:47 PM
    That is the only good thing Jobs has done to the world. Good job Jobs, you saved us from another hyper-expensive, overrated and bad iPhone
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    d_kuhn , November 15, 2011 4:02 PM
    I agree with Jobs, I think the current iPhone size is about right... it's one of the bigger reasons I went for Apple instead of getting one of the larger Droid phones (which are too big IMO).
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    de5_Roy , November 15, 2011 4:02 PM
    do you introduce a mostly superior product when you can sell solely on brand name?
    do you introduce a mostly superior product when you can sell a slightly improved version of the existing product on the same high price using hype?
    do you ido you introduce a mostly superior product when you have a huge army of blind-to-logic fanboys/girls who buy any of your stuff without a question?
    if the brand is apple, then answers to all the above questions are yes.
    don't bring jobs into this, he passed away - now someone is spreading stuff about him.
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    acadia11 , November 15, 2011 4:08 PM
    No, my 3.5" is fine for that , if I need bigger i'll whip out my tablet or my kindle touch. Look 1 size does not fit all.
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    tsnorquist , November 15, 2011 4:19 PM
    GoldengooseEven though the Iphone is a more powerful device?


    Care to elaborate on "more powerful device"?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 15, 2011 4:37 PM
    Samsung Galaxy Note is here with a 5'' screen and a stylus; that should take care of the big screen market.
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    ruel24 , November 15, 2011 4:37 PM
    I call BS. Apple always has multiple projects going based on future products. They pick and choose from the best designs. iPhone 5 was never meant to be released until all the carriers could be onboard and LTE chips that are small enough and don't hog battery life are available. Expect the iPhone 5 in mid-summer with a single phone suporting LTE and all carriers in the US in one phone. Unlike some people have come to expect, Apple's products are more evolutionary than revolutionary. Apple does not reinvent the wheel with every release. The current design was new with iPhone 4 and the last design lasted with 3 releases. It only makes sense that the current design get used with a minimum of one additonal release. It remains to be seen if Apple redesigns the case for iPhone 5. Somehow, I think it'll just be a tweak, using a slightly larger screen.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 15, 2011 4:39 PM
    GoldengooseBetter rated GPU than both the galaxy nexus and the galaxy 2, a MUCH more lightweight OS (and hence why the CPU can be downgraded which in turn improves battery life). Look at the reviews on the galaxy 2 - massive complaints regarding battery life. Check it all on google, you'll see what i mean.


    They JUST fixed the 4S's battery life, and that's a new device... SGS2 has been there for almost a year now. Besides, WTF are you gonna do with that CPU? :D  SGS2 has USB-on-the-Go and HDMI and bigga/better screen, this is what I need. Though now I want a Galaxy Note instead!
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    torque79 , November 15, 2011 4:41 PM
    getrealI agree that it did motivate them to make much better products than the crap they were making, but they accomplished this making exact replicas of the iphone, making them inherently inferior to the iPhone.


    huh? Yeah that original Samsung Galaxy is such "crap they were making", supporting flash, FLAC (instead of a proprietary lossless format), AMOLED screen with better contrast ratio and brightness, FAR less restrictive OS, easier drag and drop file transfers from Windows, non-proprietary cabling (micro USB), true multitasking and easier methods to end active tasks.

    Based on internet comments alone it does sound like the newer iphones battery life is better, except when you install some additional apps which somehow kill battery life despite the Iphone's supposedly superior method of shutting down apps when you switch to another. Then when you complain about it on forums some people question your intelligence by just saying that's not possible, you're wrong and somehow are not able to observe the time on a clock to tell how long your own phone's battery lasted.
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    billybobser , November 15, 2011 4:52 PM
    Looking at Tom's specs the iphone 5 is pretty much no different from the 4s.

    So...

    WoW.
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