If you believe your Japanese iPhone repair websites, the picture above is of the next iPhone. Apple’s iPhone 5 has been leaking out in various forms over the past few months, and this model seems to match up to the others, but what secrets can we learn from it?
This version of the iPhone 5 has been put together from the full compliment of replacement Apple parts. Japanese site iLab.cc has basically gathered all the bits of the puzzle and assembled them as best it could.
So what can we see? Well, for a start, the look of the handset suggests a phone that still takes some of its design cues from the iPhone 4 and 4S. The metal band around the side is a hangover from today’s model, although now it stretches around the back too.
Elsewhere, this finished mockup stays true to the picture we’ve all been building: there’s a larger display, a smaller dock connector, a physical home button and a headphone jack that’s found its way to the bottom of the handset.
The iPhone 4S launched to the sound of grumbles – it looked the same as the iPhone 4, which riled some of the more style-conscious Apple fans. The fact that this new handset will be instantly recognisable as being just that – new – is likely to go in its favour upon launch. And when we say that, we mean that Apple will sell bazillions of them.