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iPhone 5 Leaked Images Show “Unibody Thinness”

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Following Apple’s announcement for a September 12 event, an image showing the next-gen iPhone unibody chassis surfaced. The photo came from repair site iResQ, and it provides a side-by-side comparison of the upcoming device with iPhone 4S.

A Thinner Next-generation iPhone

The image shows that the much-awaited smartphone notably slims down in terms of thickness as compared to its predecessor. However, there are no indications whether the handset on the photo is a mock-up or a full-assembled model.

Apple was able to save space for the next-generation iPhone because of its unibody chassis. It may appear that the upcoming device shaved just a few millimeters, but it’s still impressive knowing how crammed up its internal design could be. Although the metal portion of the new smartphone is a bit larger than its predecessor, its in-cell display makes up for the size increase. In turn, the display is snuggly integrated into the handset’s casing that gives it a slimmer design.

Design Expectations for the Next-generation iPhone

Aside from its unibody chassis, the forthcoming mobile phone is also expected to feature a 4-inch display. This would give the next-generation iPhone a bit of wiggle room when it comes to internal volume. Together with the display, the device’s wireless communications chips will require larger battery that could prompt engineers to reshuffle mobile phone’s component layout.

The repair site also posted a side-by-side comparison of the handsets’ front faces. Compared to iPhone 4S, the new smartphone is taller, while its bezel, home button and speaker proportions are identical. However, there were previous reports that the next-generation iPhone’s logic board had a revamped, while its headphone jack, proximity sensor, and front-facing camera were relocated. The device also had a number of flex-cable redesigns.

Another image posted by iResQ shows the battery that Apple will use for its upcoming mobile phone. The component is considered as the last of the remaining parts that were photographed despite the onslaught of supposed leaks. The battery is said to fit perfectly into the uni-body chassis, and it will be placed on the left of the logic board.

Apple sent out a media invitation last Tuesday, which implies the imminent debut of its next-generation iPhone. The event is set to take place on September 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, and the event’s venue will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California.

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