More snaps purportedly showing an array of iPhone 5 components have surfaced online, ahead of the putative arrival of the handset later this year.
In what’s fast-sharping up to be one of the leakiest iPhone launches ever, Chinese site iColor OS has sourced a series of photos showing everything from the handset’s Nano SIM tray to the panel that surrounds the screen.
Among the more intriguing parts in the photo inventory is what Apple Insider identifies as a “thin sheet of metal seemingly intended to be a protective shielding for the 4-inch screen's back”.
This chimes with earlier reports that Apple will ditch the all-glass construction of the iPhone 4S this time around. But also suggests that the sixth-generation iPhone won’t be the truly dual-material handset that some had led us to believe.
Reportedly set to land in September or October, the iPhone 5 is expected to feature a larger four-inch display with room for five columns of apps instead of the standard four and showcase a taller, slimmer form factor.
Under the hood, its spec sheet reputedly takes in a quad-core processor, an improved eight-megapixel camera and NFC chips to enable the handset to double as a digital wallet.
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