iPhone 5 front glass panel leaked
The screen area, measured corner to corner, comes out at 4.065-inch, which seems to suggest that upcoming iPhone will indeed sport a 4-inch screen.
The new glass panel is 0.91 millimeters, about 0.1 millimeters thinner than that of the glass panel on the iPhone 4S. There are other changes relating to the position of the receiver hole, camera hole and proximity sensor hole.
In a scratch test carried out by ETradeSupply, the new screen appears to be much more scratch resistant than that of the iPhone 4S. There is also evidence to suggest that the light transmittance of the new screen is much better than that of the old one.
Last month the same parts supplier posted a video which allegedly shows the metal chassis that Apple will use for the iPhone 5. This showed a number of interesting new features, including:
Unibody metal chassis, which to me looks and sounds like it might be made of Liquidmetal alloy;
Width appears same as of the existing iPhones;
Slightly long body, suggesting a 4-inch screen;
Significantly thinner design;
Smaller SIM tray;
Headphone jack moved to the bottom;
Smaller dock connector;
Larger speaker grill;
The on/off switch, volume control and mute switch seem to be similar to those found on the iPhone 4 and 4S.
If these are genuine parts — bear in mind that I’m not making any declarations that it is although the evidence is compelling — then Apple has just made it much harder to get at the battery on the forthcoming iPhone. Replacing that would require removing the screen just as it did with the earlier models, but the thinner screens used today — along with plentiful amounts of adhesive — mean that it’s a lot easier to break the screen.
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