After so many different case parts, screens, internal circuitry, home buttons and other bits and pieces had supposedly emerged for the iPhone 5 from parts manufacturers, it makes sense that someone would try to put them all together to see how well they fit.
The parts makers are seeming far more leak-prone that Foxconn or Pegatron, the companies and OEMs that create the finished iPhone 5 product from its own and other manufacturer’s parts, and so going with the premise that the parts we’re seeing are real, and do fit together in what is the most ultra-realistic non-fake depiction of the iPhone 5’s outer shell and screen seen yet, then this leak is big news.
It comes from Japanese language site iLab, and rebroadcast by rumour and Mac fanatics 9to5Mac, where we see those parts put together in what looks like a stretched-out iPhone with 4-inch screen, a “two tone” back that isn’t glass but beautifully brushed metal.
There’s also that smaller dock port, and a bottom facing headphone socket, something that will stop raindrops from doing a Luke Skywalker and finding your iPhone’s internal water sensor marking through your current iPhone’s top sky facing headphone socket.
It also looks thinner than the current iPhone 4S or 4, with what looks like the biggest iPhone camera lens yet – hopefully delivering on that higher megapixel and great photo and video quality promise, or at least, expectation.
An iPhone 5 of this size means a phone that cleverly delivers more useful information without seeming like the massive jump that is a phone like the Galaxy SIII or HTC One, and thus still being easy to use in one hand.
We’re going to have to test a real iPhone 5 before casting a final verdict on that one, but much more ease of use than nearly 5-inch sized phones is certainly the expectation.
However, it certainly is an exciting find from iLab.cc, and they deserve the kudos for getting all the parts together and giving us our best look at the next iPhone yet.
It’ll be fantastic when someone is able to do this for the iPad mini – it’s very interesting to see no case leaks there despite case leaks aplenty for the iPhone 5 thus far.
So, while the wait for an iPhone 5, iPad Mini, new iPod Touch and iPod nano continue, the rumours, info leaks, photo galleries, exclusive spec announcements, last minute surprises, fuzzy or sharp photo leaks and more will continue, right up until the iLaunch actually happens, with the latest Sept 12/21 claims here.
In the meantime, there’s always the Galaxy Nexus 7 to whet your appetite for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini to come while enjoying the Jelly Bean benefits, with the true final pre-launch photos and true final countdown for Apple's next iPhone 5, iPad mini and other iDevices all still to come.