Supposed iPhone 5 casing surfaces, looks like it could hold a bigger screen

iPhone 5 casing surfaces, looks like it could hold a bigger screen

A Chinese parts manufacturer has added the above casing to their catalog, which some claim could be for the upcoming iPhone 5. You'll notice the bottom is hosting a slot for the new micro dock connector we've been hearing so much about.

The body looks long enough to house a larger screen, which almost feels like a sure thing at this point, even if it's hard to tell the aspect ratio, an object of quite some debate.

The rear plating is anchored by brushed aluminum alloy, not Liquid Metal as previously rumored. The source also claims that we'll see the iPhone 5 in more than just black and white color schemes, which is an interesting tidbit, presuming this casing turns out to be legit.

Supposedly there's some extra room around the bottom to improve speaker quality, which would be sensible given Apple's history with music, but I'd find it hard to believe they'd go all Beats Audio on the iPhone. That's a lot of info to glean from a casing, but the really interesting stuff that's supposed to fill up this casing is still open to conjecture. We're expecting LTE squeezed in there at the very least.

Of course, there's always an element of doubt in cases like this; for one, even if these parts are actually from Apple, they could very well just be prototypes and not going into final production. Secondly, Ally, our resident hardware expert, says the camera hole is too small, even if it's a bigger iPhone.

So don't get too attached to this design since it might not pan out, but for the sake of discussion, what do you think of the look? Does it fall closely enough in line with what you were imagining the next iPhone to look like? Is there enough differentiation here from previous generations to stay interesting? Personally, I'm digging the look, and love the feel of brushed metal for a backplate.

Source: 9to5Mac

UPDATE: It looks like a repair shop has access to the white casing. I'm holding out for a bright neon green one.


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Supposed iPhone 5 casing surfaces, looks like it could hold a bigger screen


The camera hole isnt even in the same position on the front as it is on the I seeing things? I call BS I call PS.

Yes. You are seeing things. After you said that I had to double check myself. Pic of back the holes are on the left. Pic of front the holes are On the right.

Call me crazy lol but I think that picture there both back pieces. one showing the back and one showing the inside of the back part

The people who read this site like yourself never cease to amaze me. You pay attention to all the little details lol well anyways thanks for the observation it's most likely a prototype or a failed mock from china yet again

I'm not a fan of having the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom. It will make all the dock connecters look silly with the jack sticking up on the dock, similar to the iPod Shuffle dock. Buuuuuuut, I'll still buy it, haha.

Yeah, I really don't understand why they would put the headset jack adjacent to the dock port. I don't see any advantage and several disadvantages.
Maybe it's a ploy to sell more bluetooth accessories.
I'm also curious what their new port will offer above and beyond what the industry standard microUSB does. Besides increased profits off accessories.

I would not think Apple would put something out this fugly. I can understand the back being full brushed aluminum but not just the center, it looks like crap. It looks like a step backwards not forwards.

I thought the exact same thing it looks more like an iPhone 4 back plate that had been trimmed a bit and then glued to there own mock up

Why on earth would they put the headphone jack on the bottom? That means I can't dock my phone on my desk and listen to music while charging. lame idea.

Re: headphone jack on bottom
1) Better for Apple: removing the audio signal from the dock connector may be one reason why the dock connector is smaller. (If it is really smaller.) Only docks for line-out devices would need audio out anyway, and now it's right there on the bottom of the phone next to the "mini" dock connector.
2) Better for users (maybe): there might be a wireless headphone option. Yes, this is a silly wild-a55 guess, but hey, this is a rumor post. If Apple is working on standard equipment bluetooth earbuds, it doesn't matter where the headphone jack is. It would only be used for audio amplifier-equipped 3rd party devices.

Assuming it's real, which it ain't...
could be the back is for inductive charging. If the new phone had a charging tray, ie lay on its back to charge, then the headphone socket might not be obscured. It might suggest that the charging of the phone could be separate to a new mini dock port (thunderbolt perhaps, for quick transfer).
What I would hope is that if this is the way apple are going, that it is a prototype; because looks a bit rudimentary as a design solution, and I bet a final version would have cleaner lines. Perhaps another layer of glass over this alloy strip?
Most of last years 4s rumours/leaks were complete bunkum, though, so why believe these photos?

I have a feeling it's legit but with minor changes at launch. Or maybe one of several prototypes. iPhone 4 got the same reaction. It's hard to gauge a product untill you see, hold, and use it yourself. This applied to the Palm Pre, iPhone 4, and HTC Evo 4G LTE.

I bet those are legit, and just like with the iPhone 4, everybody think its ugly and that Apple would never do something like this.
But when Cook get on stage holding it people will laud it as the greatest design ever. It's the Apple reality distortion effect.

I go to China allot and these kinds of things are all over the place..
The source is the determining factor on authenticity....IMO

I like the look of the black one with the two different colors, but the white looks kind of weird with the non matching shades of white.

Sorry ally look at the camera hole compared to the stem of the apple logo. It's the same comparable size in iPhone 4s and that back plate.

Re: "It looks like a repair shop has access to the white casing."
Yeah, I'm starting to agree with the posters who think this could be a fake. Why on Earth would a repair shop, any repair shop in the world, need to get any legitimate parts for any new iPhone 4 or 5 months before there are any new iPhones to repair? It makes no sense at all. (Assuming, of course, the iPhone won't be launched until late CYQ3 or early CYQ4 and not this summer.)
Therefore, the parts must have been sneaked out of one of Apple's parts supplier's factories. Therefore the parts could be prototypes. Therefore the final "new iPhone" parts might not look like those in the photos.
It also smells like the repair shops are doing this for marketing purposes. They pay someone to steal parts from a factory so they can "do a Gizmodo" and get page hits by posting photos. Obvious. It also just so happens that sites like iMore will get more page hits in the lull between product announcements. Fine.

I like the glass covering on my iPhone 4S. I don't seem to like the rear in this case and it kinda looks a bit cheapish. As for the headphone dock at the bottom, I recall one of the older iPod shuffle models using a dock with a headphone jack sticking out. Maybe this will call for completely new docks now with the dock connector and headphone jack next to it. That's ugly IMO.