Japanese site Macotakara posted a video on Thursday, showing the front panel of Apple’s rumored next-generation iPhone. The component appears to be longer than the current iPhone model. In fact, it is long enough that it can fit the front-facing camera just above the earpiece.
The clip also suggests that the front panel of the upcoming handset will be wider that its supposed predecessors. However, a larger width is not as pronounced as its length. Nevertheless, the claim is consistent with the design schematic that appeared online prior to this report.
Rumored Components for Apple’s Next-gen iPhone
Previously, there were reports showing the back panel of Apple’s new mobile phone. It shows an aluminum back with small glass ends at the top and bottom of the next-generation iPhone. However, it shows a suspicious font that displays the “iPhone” name. This suggests that the device showing its aluminum back panel could be a counterfeit.
Together with the back panel rumor is the relocated headphone jack and smaller dock connector. The headphone jack was moved to the bottom of the upcoming handset, along with the earpiece and Wi-Fi components. On the other hand, the 30-pin dock connecter will allegedly retire soon, as the new mobile phone will feature a new and smaller port—something that could save space on the device.
There were also reports that the company has been ordering 4-inch screens for the upcoming handset, which will be manufactured by LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display Inc. Although it will be slightly larger than the 3.5-inch screen that has been used in all previous iPhone models, it will still boast a Retina Display.
Heating Up Speculations
Rumors about the design of the next-generation iPhone have gained traction in the past few months. From a liquidmetal back panel to a new SIM tray, previous speculations show internal redesign. But it is no longer the case as of the moment.
Apple’s rumored departure from its current iPhone design schematic can be attributed to the fact that its competitors are opting for a larger screen. Samsung’s Galaxy S III, for instance, features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen. But unless the Cupertino-based company make an official announcement, all evidence that are roaming the Internet should be taken as a grain of salt.
On the contrary, Apple fans should expect an internal redesign for the next-generation iPhone. The company is expected to unveil its upcoming handset this October, just a year after iPhone 4S was released.
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