New iPhone 5 photos leak, confirm previous design?

By on July 30, 2012
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Slimmer, longer, and with new ports.


We just covered some leaked shots of the new iPhone 5 from a Chinese case maker, and today we have some very solid photos of what the iPhone 5 looks like in the flesh. Somehow the Japanese website ilab got a hold of a (pre-production?) unit of the upcoming iPhone 5 and laid bare everything there is to it.

As you can see these images are in line with previous leaks, showing the new 4.0-inch screen, the presumably slimmer body, the new charging connector as well as the relocated 3.5mm jack to the bottom. For the most part the new iPhone 5 looks like the existing iPhone 4/ 4S, only stretched out to fit the larger screen. Not a surprising design choice given Apple’s usual methodology; their MacBooks and Air models certainly don’t change for a long while.

Going by the rest of the photos it seems that the phone was acquired straight from the production line, along with some spare parts given that ilab is a repair shop. I guess now all we’re waiting for are the confirmed hardware specs, which will undoubtedly be announced very soon when the phone is officially launched.


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  • Asim

    Nothing impressive on the design, but the finishing looks very good. Those disappointed with the plasticky feel of S3, would appreciate this. Although the phone ‘looks’ heavy.

  • Rashid

    Yesterday someone showed me a different picture claiming to be of iPhone 5. Its confusing to accept your pics as the real thing. What I saw was more realistic, sleeker, had teh home button embedded in a larger screen. Are you sure of the above pics?

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