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A new rumor has surfaced that Apple is looking at at least three protypes for its next-gen iPhone. The kicker? One model would actually have a slide-out physical keyboard.
These latest details are coming from tw.apple.pro. The site's source is claiming that Apple has built three prototype models of the "iPhone 5," one of which would have a "sliding cover" that would conceal a keyboard.
Another would also look fairly similar to the iPhone 4, but would contain improved hardware, such as longer battery life and an improved camera. The report said that it would not be a major physical change from the iPhone 4, and would be comparable to when the iPhone 3GS replaced the iPhone 3G.
The site also restated earlier rumors that the next version of the iPad would include a built-in camera, and would also be thinner than the first version.
What may or may not make the rumors interesting is that in the past, Apple.pro has on numerous occasions received reveals of upcoming hardware from Apple's suppliers overseas. For example, least year they were able to obtain a white panel of the iPhone 4 before it was even announced and also obtained an iPhone 4 batter last June. In 2008, they got a glimpse of the redesigned MacBook.
Last July, they also revealed a small touchscreen which would eventually turn out to the new iPod nano that came with a small multi-touch display.
However, in 2009, they said that Apple had been working on a 15-inch MacBook Air, but as we know by now, that product has yet to see the light of day.
On that note readers, how would you feel about an iPhone with a physical keyboard? Would you adapt to it well, or not? Feel free to leave your thoughts below!
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