Video Shows Next-gen iPhone’s Unibody Backplate

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A new video surfaced on the Internet, showing in details the rumored backplate of Apple’s next-generation iPhone. The purported component was compared side-by-side with the chassis and back glass of iPhone 4S. As it turns out, the alleged new Apple handset is thinner and taller than the current model. In addition, the rumored mobile phone on the video shows a smaller SIM tray and “mini dock”.

Expected “iPhone 5” Components

It should be recalled that Apple will allegedly replace the 30-pin dock with a smaller and space-saving micro dock for its new mobile phone. Additionally, parts reseller website SW-Box listed a new SIM card tray for Apple’s next-generation iPhone last month.

It was reported that the component has subtle differences compared with the tray found in iPhone and iPhone 4S. Labeled as “iPhone 5 SIM Card Tray Holder Slot,” it has a slight tapering metal frame piece and extra metal shelf.

Prior to that, there were also reports that the upcoming handset will feature an in-cell touch panel technology. Adopting the touch panels provided by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display, DisplaySearch analyst Davis Hsieh explained that “in-cell technology can be made thinner because the touch sensors are actually placed inside the color filters rather than on top of them.”

Apple’s next-generation iPhone is also rumored to sport a 4G LTE radio, as it is said to carry Qualcomm’s MDM9615 LTE chip. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the company recently introduced the technology with its new iPad. However, the tablet only supports data connection over 4G LTE networks and only works with Verizon and AT&T.

The rumored iPhone chip can support voice and data connections through 4G networks. The new mobile phone is also expected to be a “world” device that can support any 4G LTE networks.

Just yesterday, AMOG reported that KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo speculated that Apple is likely to increase the screen size of next-generation iPhone to 4.08-inches. As written in his research note: “We expect iPhone 5 to feature a 4.08-inch in-cell IPS panel screen with a display resolution of 1136 x 640 and 500-nit brightness.” Other than that, the upcoming handset is also expected to feature a front-facing camera with HD capabilities.


There are no official words from Apple yet as to what their new mobile phone will look like. Thus, it won’t be surprising if more and more rumors about its component will surface on the Internet in the next few days. For sure, a lot of speculation will be put to rest once the company takes the wraps off its next-generation iPhone this fall.

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