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Physical Mockup of 'iPhone 5' with Tapered Design

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Although hope for the redesigned iPhone 5 seen through third-party case designs is waning as evidence continues to stack up for the "iPhone 4S" design and no sign of the larger, tapered iPhone 5, that hasn't halted interest in the iPhone 5 design.




And while we took a stab at some renderings of a potential iPhone 5 based on the case designs, benm.at has now taken things a significant step further and created a physical mockup of the device.
Based on CAD designs, hardware components, several leaked hints, cases and recent, believable mockups we created a three-dimensional computer model. This virtual model was then used to build a very detailed, true prototype that you can hold in your own two hands.

The process to create this prototype is the same that's used to create the iPad. The back was machined from a sold block of aluminium, which was later treated with glass pearls to get the same slightly rough touch that we already know from the iPad.
The mockup offers an excellent view of what the rumored iPhone 5 design might look like, and while the actual device may not be making an appearance next week, it is possible that the design may have been from a prototype that Apple could be working toward for a future generation of the iPhone.






Left to right: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, "iPhone 5" mockup

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soco

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Ugh, such a tease! I can't take all of this lol

It's really gorgeous though. I really like the more "squared" corners design from the top-down view and the way he did the home button and/or swipe area.

Edit: Just noticed this cropped up on BGR too. Very attractive indeed!
 
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millertime021

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I like the look of the "5". Here's to hoping we actually see the real deal on the 4th.
 
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iBreatheApple

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Well, I guess I wouldn't mind that teardrop formation because it's very minimal. I hope it doesn't put pressure on the port when docked.
 
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BowTheMan89

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Apple, listen up, people like the looks of that thing. Do not miss out, otherwise some other company (likely Samsung) will wise up and take advantage of your missed opportunity.
 
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saving107

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Is it just me or is that website taking forever to load, and I have 25Mbps down.

Edit,

Not the actual website but the thumbnail images.
 
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Certinfy

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Looks like the SGS2 for sure, but saying that the SGS2 looks stunning and this just looks a little better. :)
 
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dominic252

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I had some speculations that the iPhone 5 wouldn't look "Apple" enough, but this confirms my thoughts that the iPhone 5 will NOT look like that. That looks nothing what Apple would do with a phone.
 
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yly3

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Face it guys .. Apple touched the perfection with the iPhone 4 design. Really, I can just look at it and just enjoy it. This "5" is cool indeed but I still like the 4th much better.
 
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MarkNY

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Really like the design, but will it by thick enough to have nice top and side buttons?
 
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soco

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Face it guys .. Apple touched the perfection with the iPhone 4 design. Really, I can just look at it and just enjoy it. This "5" is cool indeed but I still like the 4th much better.

Face what, exactly? Your opinion?
 
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Gix1k

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Sadly whatever the design is, Apple won't be able to supply the demand. IMO, as badly as I want it, I refuse to move to it if it does not have a 4"> screen. No way no how!!
 
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Tones2

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Now if it could only pop out of the screen amd materialize at an Apple store, complete with internals.......

Tony
 
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eddieairplanes

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I had some speculations that the iPhone 5 wouldn't look "Apple" enough, but this confirms my thoughts that the iPhone 5 will NOT look like that. That looks nothing what Apple would do with a phone.

Tons of people said that about the IP4 design.
 
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