Several photos of an alleged fully-assembled iPhone 5 started circulating over the Internet this past weekend. The leaked images were posted by the Japanese iPhone repair company iLab Factory. They claim to have obtained a collection of parts (sourced from China) that many believe are from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5. The company assembled the parts to give us a sneak peek into Apple’s next-gen iPhone.
Paying close attention to the unit’s exterior casing, readers can see that this new rumored-handset has a few subtle changes in design. The images detail the presence of the new smaller dock connector (perfectly lining up with previous reports from Reuters), a relocated headphone jack, and a 4-inch display which fits well with previous iPhone 5 leaks we have been seeing. The site also talks about the iPhone front panel’s forward facing camera, which has been moved to the centered position right above the phone earpiece speaker.
The site also notes that while the iPhone 5 aesthetics don’t stray far from the iPhone 4, the device offers a much higher quality dark-colored aluminum back frame with smoother edges replacing the back glass panels from the previous iPhones. If these rumored parts do belong to iPhone 5, users can finally say goodbye to those back glass cracks and shatters when dropping their precious iPhones to the ground.
Sources say the iPhone 5 is rumored to be unveiled during an Apple event in September or October, so we’ll find out how accurate these rumors are soon enough.