Friday, June 08, 2012

Hands-on video claims to show iPhone 5 external housing

The iPhone 5 leaks keep coming, with the latest one being what is claimed to be a hands-on video of the external housing for Apple's next-generation smartphone. The video shows what has been expected for some time, metal backing, rather than the glass of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

The video, posted by Chinese parts retailer ETrade Supply, also seems to validate images that appeared last month on several sites, showing the same iPhone aluminum alloy casing.

While it's easy to PhotoShop an image, the video seems hard to deny. The craftsmanship and detail of the part make it seem authentic. Of course, it's not out of the realm of possibility that this is just a rather convincing bootleg version of an iPhone.

While the aluminum back of the device is one of the most obvious things in the video, several other differences between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 are pointed out. Among them are a differently sized SIM card slot, a new headphone jack positioned at the bottom of the phone, new speaker grills, and the heavily rumored redesigned docking port.

Although ETrade Supply could not confirm it, because one would have to plug an appropriate cable into the port - in a working device - in order to validate suspicions, the port resembles a microUSB port, which has been suspected for some time. That said, KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo just issued a research note in which he denied any change to the iPhone docking port.

We've been among those believing Apple would make such a move, though. It would allow the firm to free up some internal space for other components.

While disagreeing on that point, at the same time, Kuo's research note indicated the iPhone 5 was going to ship with a 4.07-inch 16:9 screen. The video seemed to confirm that change, as when placed side-by-side with the current iPhone, the new iPhone case is quite obviously taller and slightly thinner than the iPhone 4S, right along the lines of all the rumors.

One somewhat humorous thing about the presentation by ETrade Supply was the denials at the beginning of the video. The narrator said, in slightly stilted English, "What is this stuff? This really looks like an iPhone component. Let me check. Yes, it has an Apple logo here, and also has an iPhone here. Maybe it a new iPhone component? Maybe an iPhone 5 component? I don't know."

It is true that in all actuality, no one knows for sure if this is an iPhone 5 component. It seems likely, but we honestly won't know until October or thereabouts, when the new iPhone is launched.

Watch the video in the sidebar.

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