iPhone 5 features have been topic of speculations for long. But new purported pictures leaked show changed design of Apple’s next generation smartphone
Fresh rumours are out that Apple’s iPhone 5 has already entered the production stage after extensive design changes and that the “uni-body” backplate of the device would now boast glass instead of the aluminium surface at the top and bottom edges.
Some images of purported iPhone 5 parts were leaked this may, but the new report on Japanese Mac blog MacOtakara says that the final product has made changes after those leaked pictures to the items.
MacOtakara cited listings for iPhone 5 cases on China’s Alibaba.com. And a Reuters report states that Chinese resellers on Taobao (a unit of Alibaba) are already accepting orders, that means those interested in preordering the iPhone 5 can do so already.
MacOtakara report stated, “In the area where aluminum is not used, there is glass.”
Initial reports had said the iPhone 5 would have a “uni-body” chassis that featured a two-tone all-metal design. But the recent model is likely to have an inlayed glass piece between the backplate’s top and bottom edges instead of an aluminum surface. This will also be different from the glass-sandwich design of iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S with tough Gorilla Glass covering the front and back of the device. The iPhone 5 would have a backplate only “partially covered” by gorilla glass, apparently to adjust a bigger 4-inch Retina display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Older generation iphones have 3.5-inch screen with 3:2 aspect ratio.
Another change noticed on the rear of iPhone 5 is the absence of a small hole between the camera assembly and LED flash. Some had labeled it to be a rear-facing microphone for video recording. But sources also claim the hole might very well be there, only invisible to the “naked eye”.
Another change said to be introduced is a better battery life. IPhone users have been dogged with the problem of a comparatively lousy battery life as compared to other smartphones, but this problem might be resolved with iPhone 5.
Apple has apparently upped the requirement from its battery suppliers and they are facing issues handling the increased demand. This might hint at an improved battery life, and going by the report that Apple’s battery suppliers had to scrp 70% of its production to meet the new demands, the launch date of iPhone 5 might be pushed to October from the previous reports of late summer release.
There was another news on iTechPost.com that claimed iPhone 5 will be equipped with a 3D camera. This would mean the two five-camera lenses would be replaced by a 3D software.
This is also vaguely backed by Apple’s plans on the website of the U.S. Patent Office where there is mention of Apple going to lift the phone’s camera to the next level.
Speculations hint at it having a removable rear cover with integrated optical elements and the lid could house control chips and a small battery that connects to the circuit of the iPhone. This would enable optical zoom, image stabilization, an additional, a real flash with its own power source and a mechanical shutter function on the iPhone 5, which is undeniably very cool!