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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

In line with today's claims of taller iPhone prototypes with 3.95-inch displays, one of our sources has provided us with images of what are claimed to be new next-generation iOS device parts being carried by a supplier. The most significant of these parts is a claimed front panel from the next-generation iPod touch, with the supplier claiming that the display would be taller than the current model and that the opening in the front panel measures 4.1 inches diagonally.


Apple would undoubtedly use the same display size on the iPhone and iPod touch if it were to bring a larger screen to both of the devices, so it is not entirely clear how to mesh recent claims of a 3.95-inch display with this measurement of 4.1 inches and The Wall Street Journal's claim of "at least four inches", but all of the reports are in the same general size range. The viewable portion of the iPhone's display is slightly smaller than the opening in the front panel, so that could explain the slight discrepancy in reported sizes.


Our source's supplier has also included listings for several new parts claimed to be for the next-generation iPhone, including the home button flex cable and front and rear cameras, although the camera parts are listed as needing "verification", so the supplier may yet be confirming their authenticity. The photos are extremely small, but at a minimum the home button flex cable and front camera assembly show distinct differences from their iPhone 4S counterparts, although they may end up being functionally indistinguishable from the user's perspective. The rear camera appears very similar to modules used in the last several generations of the iPhone, although it is lacking an associated LED flash.


Left to right: Home button flex cable, front camera, rear camera
Better shots of the cameras have been posted at BadGizmo Repair, which appears to have received its information from the same supplier as our source.


"iPhone 5" front camera (left) and rear camera (right)
Part leaks from Apple's supply chain have become fairly routine in the months leading up to a product launch, and these latest parts are by no means the first to appear for the upcoming hardware update. The plastic home buttons were the first to leak last month, followed by a micro-SIM tray and what claimed to be a headphone jack/earpiece assembly, although there has been some debate about exactly what the components on that part represent. The authenticity of all of the parts has yet to be confirmed, but past history suggests that these components are frequently genuine parts leaked from Apple's supply chain.

Article Link: New Part Leaks Include Taller iPod Touch Front Panel, 'iPhone 5' Cameras


macrumors 68040
Oct 6, 2008
It would be nice if the source could supply actual screen dimensions, rather than just the diagonal. It looks to be a similar width to the current iPhone though.

I think they could make it taller and slightly wider (But keeping 640px width), while still keeping it above 300 DPI. The pixels would just be slightly larger.


macrumors newbie
Jul 23, 2010
is it just me or does the black look shorter/wider then the white one??

Edit: nvm, gotta be an angle thing


macrumors 68000
Apr 4, 2003
These sort of look like renders. Anyway, if real, I'm surprised they aren't eliminating more of the dead space above and below the screen. Seems like a natural way to get a bigger screen on there without changing the dimensions too much.


macrumors regular
Jul 22, 2011
Devs need to suck it up. I'm a dev too and sure it's a little bit more work but change is bound to happen sooner than later. I wouldn't want to sacrifice a few cost savings for a new product to play with. If I remember correctly we develop apps for customers, and hence innovations which benefit the customer has higher priority than saving a few hours for devs.

Fragmentation is still not as bad as Android.

My only problem is the download limit over mobile networks, with the addition of this device and retina iPad the file size would be much larger, Apple really needs to remove that limit or increase it by heaps for universal apps.


macrumors 68000
Apr 4, 2003
So, July release?

No way. They deliberately shifted the release of new iPhones to Fall when they delayed the 4S. The holiday season is the best time to have a new product on the market, not one that's been out for 6 months. Especially with the iPod waning in popularity.


macrumors member
Mar 2, 2009
Most likely not renders seeing as how all the other parts they posted are real. I already see the ending of this, just like when the iPhone 4 leaked and posted, people said "urgggh that cant be the next iphone". Fast forward it sold millions the design grew on most of them and this wont be any different.


macrumors 6502
Jun 5, 2006
Moving beyond the whole "renders" possibility, remember that the new iPhone won't come out until October. The possibility of parts leaking now is low and the chances of them being final production and not just prototypes is much much lower.


macrumors 6502
Feb 23, 2012
Why doesn't Apple just make two sizes or even three different sized phones. Leave the current 3.5" for the ladies and make a larger 4.8" for the guys and maybe have an in-between size too. Whats the problem with Apple giving people a little choice, their mac laptops come in different sizes and so why not their phones?


macrumors regular
Nov 8, 2009
it seems they didnt take into account that there is a small area of ~0.1" around the screen of dead space, so an opening of 4.1" would actually correspond with a 3.95" screen.

to all people saying this is a rendering: put down that tinfoil hat :rolleyes:


macrumors 68030
Jan 22, 2009
Houston, TX
No way. They deliberately shifted the release of new iPhones to Fall when they delayed the 4S. The holiday season is the best time to have a new product on the market, not one that's been out for 6 months. Especially with the iPod waning in popularity.

If Apple released in October, they would never be able to make enough of them.

Release in July, which is Q3, and then get holiday bump sales in Q4, have 2 stellar quarters of sales.

This will be a huge hit.
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