Fresh images purporting to show a prototype iPhone 5 have surfaced online, corroborating much of what we already know – or at least think we know – about Apple’s forthcoming handset.
Sourced by Kit Guru, which has supply-chain insiders from the Far East to thank for the leak, the photos depict a handset that retains the design principles of the iPhone 4S but adopts a thinner and taller form factor to accomodate a more expansive four-inch screen. That very much tallies with earlier indications of what Apple has in store for us this time around.
Present and correct in the snaps too, having also been a long-term fixture of this year’s iPhone rumour mill, is a new, smaller 19-pin dock connector, with Apple set to ditch the time-honoured 30-pin port to free up space.
Assuming that’s so, it’s a risky move. If only because of the obloquy it’s sure to prompt from iFans whose collections of iPhone accessories are likely to be rendered obsolete overnight.
Apple is expected to drop the sixth-generation iPhone in September or October this year, as it once again returns to 12-month product refreshes, having broken with form and left 18 months between the iPhone 4 and the 4S.
Specs mooted to feature include a quad-core processor to bring the iPhone in line with its top-end Android rivals, a ten-megapixel camera and up to 128GB of internal storage.