Alleged iPhone 5 Video, Pictures, and Parts Surface
Is this the iPhone 5? This is pretty big news if it ends up true, a PDA and smartphone parts supplier is selling parts to what they call an iPhone 5, not only are they selling pieces but they have a 5 minute long video and high res pictures of what they claim to be the next generation iPhone (in the video they call it iPhone 5).
The video and pictures show off various internal parts and design changes of the alleged iPhone 5 and they are clearly different from the existing iPhone 4 model with notable changes to the antenna design, frame, camera assembly, and placement of internal parts. Here’s a picture with the differences highlighted (supposed iPhone 5 is on the left in all images):
This is what the images/videos producer, GlobalDirectParts.com, has to say about the hardware:
We have carefully examined and scrutinized these components and have confirmed 100% that these are born from an Apple iPhone not yet released. Could it be parts for the CDMA Apple iPhone 5 for Verizon Wireless or simply a reworked Next Generation Apple iPhone 5 or Apple iPhone 4 for AT&T that will be released ahead of Apple’s Traditional June Launch? Perhaps these parts belong to an Apple iPhone 4 CDMA Version that will be released on Verizon Wireless Only? One thing is for certain, these parts are new and internals for a yet unreleased Apple iPhone Handset
I’ll go ahead and say it’s unlikely the device in the video is a CDMA iPhone because the side view clearly shows a SIM card slot. However, it is possible that these images could just be of a dissected counterfeit iPhone 4 or even one of the mystery Chinese iPhone’s that are for sale all over the Chinese black markets, but regardless it’s clearly a real device that is well crafted.
Here’s the alleged iPhone 5 on the left showing changes to the camera assembly:
And here’s the device disassembled with various internal components taken out:
The producer of the images and video GlobalDirectParts.com claims that in the coming days and weeks they’ll have even more videos and images showing off the so-called iPhone 5, including segments on the LCD touchscreen and motherboard.
In the image below you can see the ‘iPhone 5′ looks basically identical to the iPhone 4 when it’s put together, suggesting there is no noticeable different in screen size or appearance:
The parts for sale on their website are labeled as OEM iPhone 5. They don’t come cheap and I’m not sure why you’d want them unless you want to attempt to piece together your own iPhone, but they clearly have access to hardware that thus far nobody else does.
Here’s more shots of the frame alongside an iPhone 4, rotated in various positions. You can see the black antenna bands are placed slightly differently as is the mute button:
And finally, here is the whole 5 minute long video if you want to watch it:
The video was found by Boy Genius Report who has a fairly reliable reputation of turning out big scoops on smartphone releases. The images are taken from the suppliers website, who also sells tons of other OEM Apple parts (as well as other smartphones, but since when are those newsworthy?).
If this is the next generation iPhone, this is pretty big news, but treat this with some suspicion because until there is an official release from Apple there is never any certainty on what is real and what is not.
Update: The video has been removed from YouTube “due to copyright claim by Apple Inc”, so read into that what you will.