A new video just popped up, showing what could be the mid-plate/rear panel of the next iPhone – or what’s generally believed to be the ‘iPhone 5.’ Posted by a company called ETrade Supply, the video somewhat completes the existing iPhone 5 rumor puzzle after an earlier video showed the next iPhone’s alleged front panel. Check it out after the break.
Interestingly, the details shown on the rear panel coincide perfectly with the stuff revealed in previous photo leaks. It shows a frame that’s clearly longer than the existing iPhone 4/4S, supporting the rumors of a wider 4-inch screen. The clip also concurs with reports about other changes, including a redesigned loudspeaker at the bottom, a smaller dock connector, and a headset jack that has been moved to the bottom of the phone. Interestingly, the video also shows a comparatively slimmer SIM card slot – although that could just mean a slimmer SIM tray and not a new SIM card format.
While previous photos showed a front panel design that doesn’t deviate from the existing iPhone’s design, the rear plate looks to have undergone a redesign. Instead of using separate rear panels and glass covers for the frame and back, it looks like they’re going to use a single metal panel on the next iPhone, with a design that includes what appears to be a blackened brushed aluminum finish on the edge and a matte strip at the back bordered by glossy surfaces at the top and bottom.
Despite the number of coinciding reports, these reports should still be taken with a grain of salt until Apple officially unveils the new iPhone. A number of coinciding rumors around this time last year talked about an iPhone with a tapered back and a ‘radical case design’ with a larger screen before Apple unveiled a new iPhone that looked exactly like the old one. However, an iPhone with a larger HD-quality screen has been expected for some time now, and with a bit of iPhone history to work with, we should be up for a redesign this year.