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Super Slim iPhone 4G Rendered

Gordon Kelly


Super Slim iPhone 4G Rendered

So yes, it's everything you'd expect it to be...

Which in all honesty isn't surprising since what you are looking at here is on the one hand supposedly a rendering of the impending fourth generation iPhone and on the other its everything we'd consider to make sense in the iPhone evolutionary roadmap.

So what do we have: a continuation of the curved back seen in the iPhone 3G and iPod touch second generation, a (strange) return to the slippery as soap yet attractive metal back of the original handset and a welcome cut down of the bezel thanks to a wider ear piece.

Do we believe it? Not really. Why? Well while the design is undeniably attractive I can't see Apple returning to premium materials like metal for its latest handset and while the slimmer form factor is nice battery life is an issue with the iPhone 3G and technological advancements or not I can't see how they can be solved with a battery so thin. In fact I'd rather have slightly more girth and a battery to best rival the handsets any day of the week.

That said, this image is causing great waves around the Web and so it needed a TR breakdown. In sum then: pretty but I doubt it...


via Gizmodo


April 1, 2009, 12:03 pm

April Foooooooooooooooooool


April 1, 2009, 12:49 pm

@Ironduke: Totally! To good to be true!


April 1, 2009, 1:14 pm

my ipod touch 2g had an issue with docks, it'd never sit properly on them. i attributed this to it's stupid thin and heavy design - it's gone for repairs now.


April 1, 2009, 1:26 pm

@Ironduke: No, really? Maybe that's why the author said he didn't believe it...


April 1, 2009, 1:48 pm

Yes, I imagine this is an April fool joke. The fact that it is stated that this is the 4th generation iphone, when indeed the next release will be the 3rd generation.

3G does not stand for 3rd generation!

Hopefully that's part of the joke and not trusted reviews being thick! :)

Cool looking phone though.


April 1, 2009, 2:03 pm

@Axle : I only read the pictures (I Blame my Razzle subscription for that)


April 1, 2009, 2:22 pm

Was posted yesterday actually :p saw on another site but either way it looks crap. Am really disappointed with my iPhone. The next one needs a better camera, flash, less restrictions on what you can do, customisation out of the box etc etc, as soon as a good android phone comes out I am jumping ship.


April 1, 2009, 4:09 pm

Seriously Apple, if it's a bit thicker, but if you could fit in a battery larger than 1000mAh I'd even jump ship from my trusty Nokia. And stop using aluminium backs - they attract scratches like some sort of insane magnet gone wrong.

Or buy the iPod Touch 3rd Gen and continue using my Nokia. :P


April 1, 2009, 4:14 pm

Oh please, please don't MBA the iPhone - it's already got enough missing. Note to world : less... is actually less.


April 1, 2009, 4:24 pm

Without ANY question of doubt, this is just a mock-up. When Apple produce renders of the new iPhone it will at least show OS 3.0 icons such as Messages rather than SMS.

Whilst we're on the mock-up bandwagon - here's my effort I made-up a few weeks ago, it's a mock splash page for Apple's site :)



April 1, 2009, 4:51 pm


Cute. Although knowing Apple, they'd go further - half the size again, no home button, etc.


April 1, 2009, 5:04 pm

Haha, yeah you're probably right. I'm half-expecting them to make the screen the full-size of the face, and make the Home button a dynamic object anchored to the bottom of the interface. If done right that might be a good thing, but it's much easier for them to get it wrong :)

Hamish Campbell

April 1, 2009, 5:10 pm

This will be the Iphone Nano. Can be slim due to reduced components.

Take out that massive GPS unit, reduce the battery and downgrade to 1MP camera (will be only half the size!). Just what I need as my 'pub' phone when I don't want to risk my main phone out.


April 1, 2009, 5:18 pm

@kdot: Am really disappointed with my iPhone.

Really?, what exactly are you disappointed about?. Or are you a none IPhone user who pretends to be disappointed. You can't be disappointed about having no MMS or a not so high res camera, as surely you knew these were missing when you bought it.

Ok, I wouldn't say it's perfect, some things do annoy me about Apple products, eg. my biggest gripe at the moment is the exclusion of a Turn by Turn Sat Nav, and I believe this is down to silly politics at Apple, stupid really as most other Mobiles have this feature. My hope is that during this global downturn big co-operates like Apple & MS will start listening to the consumers more. So in a nutshell, I certainly wouldn't say Iphone is a big let down, but Apples politics are.


April 1, 2009, 5:24 pm

Awww I was hoping for something a little more believable that might actually have a chance of fooling someone.


April 1, 2009, 6:03 pm

@Steven Johnson

The 3G in iPhone 3G does stand for third generation! :)


As a non iPhone owner I can think of quite a few things to be disappointed about. Saying that the list is always getting smaller and for me the disappointment list is starting to be outweighed by the positives.

Just because you know that the iPhone doesn't have a function beforehand doesn't mean that you can't be disappointed. Especially when it's something that it's easily capable of but just blocked because of Apples fetish for lock down. Makes it doubly disappointing in my opinion.


April 1, 2009, 6:19 pm

I just want a video record function even though I've only used it twice in the last 5 years of having a camera phone the two times it was one of those 'have to record' moments and if I bought it and it didn't have it and I then needed that function again I would really be annoyed. So thats the main reason I haven't bought one.


April 1, 2009, 6:23 pm


You're probably sick of hearing this, but what was the 2nd Gen then? Must have been a really incremental update I missed.


April 1, 2009, 6:41 pm

@ravmania. Hold on a min, I even pointed out that it's not perfect. Especially Apple's politics. But to deem something a disappointment surely means the whole package, not just some small missing features. By the way Apples lock down does come with benefits too, but I'll leave you to work them out.

I'v had plenty of phones in my time, even had one of those Nokia 9200 when they first came out, but by far the most useful phone I have ever had is the I-Phone. Maybe some examples of what I mean, take for example I'm sat in the car waiting for my wife, get bored, no problem log into App Store and download something, sorted. I'm shopping in York, wife wants to know were a good shoe shop is, no problem I-Phone to the rescue. We miss our turning on the motorway, no problem get of at the next turn off and I'll find another route. Now I know they are other phones that can do the same things, but due to the interface it never really works. And at the end of the day, every other phone manufacturer is now trying to catch up, so that in itself is telling you something.

Every other exotic phone I've bought just ends up been another phone, for the first time ever my phone is more than just a phone, food for thought. Yes, it does miss some features it really should have. If you really need Video recording/MMS/Hi-Res Camera, then it's not for you, fair doo's, go for another phone that has it and live with it's nasty interface.


April 1, 2009, 6:52 pm


2nd gen hardware, 3rd gen phone network. shoulda just had it from the start!


April 1, 2009, 6:58 pm

"Every other exotic phone I've bought just ends up being another phone, for the first time ever my phone is more than just a phone, food for thought."



April 1, 2009, 7:08 pm


I actually agree with you. It's made loads of features accessible for the first time. Just saying that there were quite a few drawbacks before which are speedily disappearing.

But lock down/in is never a good thing. Just something I tolerate for other benefits.


April 1, 2009, 7:30 pm

Apple have done a lot of good things for the mobile industry, but that shouldn't be used as an excuse to let their countless other mistakes slide. They are fixing a lot but are in effect simply trying to finish the phone as most are features that should have been included from the get go.

I say again that I'm happy that Apple has given mobile manufacturers/designers a kick up the backside and got them working in overdrive. But I'm still waiting for a phone I'd be happy with. Nokia seem to have almost got there with the hardware (N97 w/ capacitive and w/o keyboard please) but are still lacking slightly in software with S60, WinMo - although great for many could just never satiate my consumer side, Android although a great idea is simply unfinished and Apples try although good is no good for me because Apple act the same way towards their software that China acts towards their people.


April 1, 2009, 8:02 pm


Damn you Ravmania! {aerial shot, fist waving at the sky}

I know what the 3G in 3G stands for but it's not THAT 3G. What's the 3rd Gen title likely to be then? iPhone with a Vengeance?


April 1, 2009, 8:43 pm

Is this really the height of April Fools jokes? I mean "a skinny iPhone". I mean we might be tech geeks here, but even still I'd like to think we've got more imagination and sense of humour than having this as the best AF joke. I seriously worry about the people who take the time to make these mockups (and myself for taking the time to comment on them...)

That said stick a decent camera & a radio into the next iPhone please. My contract has been up since October and there's not one decent phone out there worth replacing my phone with right now.

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