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iPhone 5 front panel surfaces online

iPhone 5 front panel surfaces online

Stills and video of what is purported to be the front panel from the next-gen iPhone have cropped up online, appearing to corroborate earlier leaks from Apple’s supply chain.

Unearthed by Japanese bloggers Macotakara and picked up for western eyes by MacRumours, the images apparently confirm earlier indications that the handset will be taller than earlier models. And the consensus among sagacious tech types is that the difference is around 10mm.

iphone 5 front panel

The extra height is presumably to incorporate the much-mooted larger four-inch screen that has been a fixture of the iPhone rumour mill for what now seems like aeons and would bring the phone more in line with the slew of Android-powered so-called superphones currently dominating the top end smartphone market.

Expected to debut in September or October and thought to be the last product from the House of Cupertino to benefit from the close involvement of Steve Jobs, the next iPhone is forecast to be home to a quad-core processor and a 12 megapixel camera.

However, projections that the handset will swap Gorilla Glass for a more robust Liquidmetal construction have been summarily dismissed by the alloy’s inventor.



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