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iPhone 5 Industrial Samples Appear, Form Factor Still In Discussion

The continual flow of rumors about the upcoming smartphone by Apple seem to be endless, but this time what the hardware “leaks” suggest is something that actually needs to be noticed. The first thing to notice is the size of the device demonstrated on the images below. The iPhone 5 is expected to increase rather significantly from the 3.5-inches since the very first day it hit the market back in 2007 – it’s said to measure around 4-inches, allegedly. The overall size of the device is planned to go a little bit longer too. 

These iPhone 5 engineering sample back images show the iPhone 5 will be taller than the current iPhone 4/4S, suggesting the following dimensions 115.2H x 58.6mm W. The supplementary height will create extra room for the taller screen we’ve previously heard of. These figures confirm that Apple is working on a taller, but not a wider screen.

Looking much like a metal mock up, the recently spread images suggest the new iPhone 5 will follow the iPhone 4S’ general design language. The rear-facing camera will still remain on the top-left of the back of the phone. The camera lens cutout seems to be about the same size as the iPhone 4S’. There is a rear-facing microphone placed between the camera and flash too, utilized for video recording and noise reduction to improve call quality. 

Apple may bank on improved power management of Qualcomm 4G LTE chips and iOS 6 augmentations for its upcoming smartphone. This hints that iPhone 5 engineers will probably use thinner components, including camera sensor and a thinner in-cell touch display, in order not to compromise the slimness of the iPhone 5. As for the antenna design, it seems that iPhone 5 will maintain the re-designed antenna layout from the iPhone 4S, as the images suggest separation for the metal back. 

Check the images provided below and do not hesitate to sound off in the comments.