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German techies create an iPhone 5 prototype out of aluminum and glass, powered by rumors

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German techies create an iPhone 5 prototype out of aluminum and glass, powered by rumors
UPDATE: We changed the video to one with English subtitles.

A team of German techies decided to contribute in the run-up hype towards the next iPhone unveiling October 4, and have created a mockup of sorts, that uses all plausible rumors so far as a guidance. The crafty folks at Giga.de and Benm.at said they used CAD design based on "“hardware components, several leaked hints, cases and recent, believable mockups”.

The back is machined out of single sheet aluminum, using the same process that goes into an iPad creation, and which was treated with glass pearls to give it the "slightly rough touch" of the iPad. They even managed to replicate the rumored "teardrop" shape, as the prototype shell starts at 6.86mm thickness at the top, and goes down to 5.33 when you reach the bottom.

Dimensions are slightly wider and taller, as leaked cases point out, allowing the Giga people to achieve a screen of 4" size, although some rumors pointed that the display might only go as far as 3.7 or 3.8". There has been space left for an elongated home button underneath, which some speculations indicated will be in the iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 for gesture-based navigation. 

It's a good clean fun, so have a look at the video below where they explain the process of creating the mockup. How close is it to the real thing, we are about to find out on Tuesday.

source: Benm.at via DigitalTrends


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posted on 30 Sep 2011, 03:03 2

1. s (unregistered)


looks ugly...iphone 4 and galaxy s2 looks better than this crap

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 08:29

6. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


i agree

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 03:28

2. mark1 (unregistered)


Apple just give me a phone that does not break or crack the first time the. Phone falls.a phone with 64 gb. Of memory. Hspa+,Bands that T-Mobile uses ..and al be one happy camper
And am guessing asking for a am/FM radio tuner would be to much right ??

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 10:31

9. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


read: SGS2

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 04:44

3. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I think it is pretty cool. Basically looks thin like an iPod but I couldn't understand the guy so I couldn't tell how he made it. If it looked that thin with an aluminum back and a 4 inch or bigger screen it would sell really good. I on the other hand won't get one unless it has an LTE radio so I doubt I am getting one. Cause I doubt it will considering to my knowledge the chip that supports LTE radio or the radio itself is to thick to compromise an iPhone or apple product

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 06:01

4. SoyCider (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


hmm I'm guessing it will be like iPod 1st gen with thinner thickness. it had nice feel of touch as well.
I bought it in 2002, and im still using it with rockbox installed. 10gb (hard drive) is large enough even for now.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 07:12

5. rtgergq (unregistered)


What an iDog.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 08:34

7. alboooz (unregistered)


Just watch his eyes, buble-frrog-eyes because he is fake and the chinese phone to.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 09:03

8. alboooz (unregistered)


Here is your real iPhone5http://www.pcworld.al/harduer/5493-iPhone-shpejt-Galaxy-fal-A5it.html

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 20:36

12. baldilocks (Posts: 504; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Yeah, not so much. Good try though.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 11:02

10. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


damn the back looks ugly as hell!!
i hope they dont put that back on final product. EYESORE

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 20:34

11. baldilocks (Posts: 504; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


It doesn't match the cases that are out. It's too short.

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