The screen for the next iPhone has posed for some new pictures for uSwitch Tech, alongside packaging suggesting predictions that the handset will be called the 'iPhone 5S' or 'iPhone 6' could be wide of the mark.
Sourced from the Apple supply chain by uSwitch and international man of mystery and all-round Apple apostle Sonny Dickson, the snaps show the phone’s display in white.
As confirmed before, the four-inch screen comes in at the same dimensions as that of the iPhone 5, with the near-identical positioning of buttons and other fixtures and fittings indicating that it’s business as usual when it comes to the phone’s design.
In fact, the only really notable difference is that there’s a longer ribbon cable. So far, so familiar, then. And perfectly in tune with rumours that the phone’s improvements will be restricted to its internals.
However, where there is a soupcon of intrigue is the label on the box that contained the display.
Instead of referring to the phone as the 'iPhone 5S' or 'iPhone 6', it’s described as the ‘iPhone 5G’, suggesting that this hitherto unheard-of name could be the one Apple runs with.
How much to read into this, then? Well, there you’ve got us.
The fact that the ‘5G’ moniker hasn’t been heard before is here nor there. Nor is the fact that the next iPhone will be the seventh-gen model.
After all, that didn’t stop Apple using calling the sixth-gen iPhone the 'iPhone 5', despite seemingly running contrary to all reason and logic.
One possibility, albeit a very slim one, is that the ‘5G’ nomenclature refers to the fact that the phone offers support for 4G LTE-A. This is, of course, the super-fast new 4G standard that some unscrupulous networks are almost certain to attempt to market as ‘5G’.
Either way, we should find out soon enough. Apple is expected to unveil its next smartphone in September, possibly alongside its first-ever budget handset.