The next iPhone could have a slightly thicker screen. Photo: iPhone5parts.net
Next-generation iPhone parts seem to be lining the streets in Asia. Last week a website in Japan said it built the outer casing of the upcoming iPhone from leaked parts, and on Friday a website in China released an elaborately detailed video show-and-tell of what it says is the front glass of Apple’s still unannounced new smartphone.
If all of these components being publicly demoed in Asia are actual leaked parts, then Apple definitely needs to work on its “double down” on secrecy.
Chinese forum iPhone5Parts.net says it got its Latex-fingered hands on the glass covering of an iPhone 5 front display, and then proceeded to compare it to the equivalent part from the current iPhone 4S. If the component in the video is the real deal, then the comparison is quite thorough and educational. But if the glass covering is just a fake — an opportunistic ploy to capture video views and notoriety — then we all just watched nearly seven minutes of a guy wearing bizarre Latex finger covers (they’re actually finger cots) instead of gloves. But, hey, at least the video was entirely SFW.
The iPhone5Parts.net video narrator wields a micrometer, detailing the differences between the current iPhone front cover and what he describes as “one of the components we got from reliable sources, this iPhone 5 front glass lens.” Obviously, the new display is taller. The iPhone 4S is 76.65mm while the narrator reports the next-generation iPhone display is 90.25mm — an increase of 13.6mm in height. The width is the same at 51.60mm, he says. However, the display area jumps from 3.6 inches to 4.065 inches and the thickness of the glass increases by 0.1mm.
Get ready to buy jeans with larger pockets.
If we are to believe the video as reliable evidence, the much taller display also moves the front-facing camera from the left of the earpiece to above the earpiece, and moves the light and proximity sensors from above the earpiece to the left of the earpiece. Basically the components have done a switcheroo.
The best information to come out of the video — assuming it’s legit — is that the new glass is even more scratch-resistant. The narrator goes to town on both screens with “the common keys we use every day” and proclaims the new iPhone display to be the winner.
So what are we to make of the video? Well, if nothing else the alleged screen glass corroborates previous purported leaked parts. At this point, if the new iPhone arrives and it doesn’t match the new 4-inch screen size in the aspect ratio we’ve all been seeing, Gadget Lab will be quite surprised.