Possible images of iPhone 5 design leaks

Possible images of iPhone 5 design leaks
A Chinese site by the name of iDealsChina claims to have a gotten a hold of a couple of engineering design images for the Apple iPhone 5 that is expected to be announced sometime this June.

The images show what appears to be a larger screen that extends further towards the sides of the phone than any of the previous models. You can see that the bezel around the screen is thinner than before and these details fit the supposed leaked parts of the front bezel from last week.

Manufactures sometimes get their hands on what is called mold drawings in order to get cases ready for the time of a new device’s launch. Here is what iDealsChina had to say about these images:

We just got what appears to be mold engineering drawings for iPhone 5. These would be used by case designers to create plastic, TPU, aluminum, silicone and leather cases. A while back we hear rumors that iPhone 5 would have a curved back but these images show iPhone 5 with the same form factor as iPhone 4 but with an edge to edge screen.

Of course you should take these images with a grain of salt as anybody with some moderate skills could have doctored them up. However, it is possible that these images are accurate as has been the case a few times in the past. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: MacRumors via Redmond Pie



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58 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*Notes virtually no change from the basic design of every iPhone ever* Yep, yep, it's probably authentic. Typical Apple innovation. I'd believe it. *snark snark snark*

51. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

uh r u retarted cause when i look at the iphone 2g, i think it looks pretty different from an iphone 4, but thats just me...

2. iMan unregistered

Looks strong. Hope they will add more features in it

3. Sace unregistered

What you expect from a minimalist design? Typical Apple innovation. Less is more.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You're right. It is minimalist, including minimal innovation, minimal variation, minimal customization, and minimal phone reception. They could at least TRY to come up with something different looking from their norm.

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

iPhones get great reception...when the network allows it. Att has bigger the iPhone down.

17. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

put 35 million iPhone's on any network and see what happens, if you ask me ATT has done very well keeping up on the network.

5. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Just another flop. Each generation just gets further behind.

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

The Bulgarian douchebag strikes again. A flop is one of the most advanced and best selling smartphones on the market. Get a life loser.

22. speakdatruth

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

hey taco you get a life an iphone is for simple minded people, people like you that like to be told what to do. I guess you gotta keep things simple for idiots like you. DANCE APPLE PUPPETS DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

35. Misanthropos

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

@speakdatruth hey, some assclown hippies from the 60's called, they want you to get your own god damn mindset and opinion. stick it to the man speakdatruth!

52. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

anyways there is more customization in cydia then on any android phone...

24. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

This guy, right here, must be some kind of crazy. Granted, it is the best selling smartphone on the market. Then again, anyone can sell a product that only has two working features: app store (to get your money) and internet (to get your money). Maybe, just maybe, you have heard of these new, crazy contraptions call Android phones? You know, the ones that make phone calls, doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and allows you to make your phone reflect yourself, rather than having to reflect your phone? Because the open source has been far more revolutionary than the iPhone has been in recent years.

34. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

Ive heard of those. They are the ones that decide when to work and when not to. There are so many undistinguishable models and are so mass produced, they resemble a bad case of diahrrea after a night at Taco Bell.

36. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

You are right about that, taco will give you diahrrea! BTW, I guess I'm extremely lucky, my android never decided not to work. And never gave me diahrrea unlike taco.

41. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Android phones are ok if you don't mind a phone that freezes up all the time and a touchscreen that doesn't respond well.

43. rfrapp

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Have you even tried an android phone sir? I doubt it beaner

45. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I have and I'm not impressed by their inaccurate touch screens or cheap designs. They're ok phones but there's obviously a reason so many people pick iPhone. It's still the best.

44. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What exactly is so open? Widgets, wallpaper, or an app store where any shitty app gets accepted? Wallpaper is for kids, widgets don't add any functionality. I'll pass on badly designed apps and malware. Thanks.

53. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

I agree.. half the market is wallpapers and pointless apps... it is almost impossible to find good ones

7. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Looks NOTHING like my iPhone 4! lol

8. ralphyd unregistered

I don't get how you have an entire year to come up with ONE new phone and you don't even change the design of it. How many phones do htc and motorola come out with a year. I think it's pathetic. If you're going to release a product on an annual basis it should be something that is completely innovative both specs wise and design wise. Sadly, if this is the design of the new iphone it will still sell like hotcakes.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's called economies of scale, folks. If they can make minimal changes from the iphone 4 to 5, they save on parts, reduce costs and maximize profits. As for the overall design being similar, that's been Apple's plan for the iPhone since day one. It's instantly recognizable as the iPhone.

15. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

HTC makes a lot of phones within a year that resembles one another....

10. ryq unregistered

with so many people that keep bashing iphone, steve jobs must be hurt and is crying all the way to the bank.

25. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Yeah, probably. But he saves so much money by not having to pay any engineers or code writers to change anything. Just make one phone, and call it "new" every year. It saves money, and keeps the money flowing. But, hey, maybe im the only one that likes innovation.

11. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

the black button doesn't fit!

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If these are engineering designs intended for case manufacturers, it's not a black button on a white phone. They're blacking out parts that must remain exposed.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If these drawings and my rough calculations are correct, Apple is (finally) bringing the iPhone in line with the screen size of current and future Android devices. By reducing the bezel and changing from a 3:2 aspect to a more modern 5:3 (used by everyone except Motorola), they'll be able to wedge a 3.9" screen without changing the size of the device: iPhone 4: 3.54", 960 x 640 = 326 ppi iPhone 5: 3.94", 1100 x 660 = 326 ppi I may be alone in caring about this, but I think the gains they've made in screen resolution are pretty impressive.

14. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Good calculations. I agree with your hypothesis and I too am impressed with the screen resolution. However, one glaring design flaw is the edge to edge screen that will be extremely difficult to use with a case. I can see it now, there will be an outcry about how customers can't touch the edges when using a case, and Steve Jobs, assuming he is alive, will say..."You're casing it wrong!"

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