Tuesday May 29, 2012 10:03 am
Black and white next-gen iPhone leak: Smaller dock, metal rear, larger display, headphone jack moved
You're looking at what's believed to be the rear panel of the next iPhone (above.) The part was uncovered by iFixYouri, which was tipped off by a "reliable source" at a Chinese parts supplier (the same source who revealed that the iPad 2 would be available in white) who already has the parts for sale. 9to5Mac was able to get even more images of the device.
As you can see in the image, the rear casing matches up quite nicely with recent rumors. We see the rear metal backing (although this is aluminum alloy and not LiquidMetal,) a spot for a much smaller dock connector, and larger speaker grilles as well. In addition, the sides of the device are incorporated into the back piece, and it appears that the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom as well, similar to the iPod touch.
Of course this is all rumor and speculation at this point, and even if real, plans can change at any time. Continue reading for more images!
Above you see the front glass for the 2012 iPhone next to the rear casing and bracket. As rumored, the next iPhone will have a 4-inch 1136 x 640 display, and this matches up with that quite nicely. One interesting observation here is that the FaceTime camera is now centered above the earpiece, which is where the proximity sensor is located on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
WWDC kicks off on June 11, but we don't expect Apple to reveal the new iPhone at that event. Instead, we expect to hear all about iOS 6 and Mountain Lion, with the iPhone being announced in the September/October timeframe.
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