Alleged iPhone 5 Video, Pictures, and Parts Surface

Jan 5, 2011 - 17 Comments

iphone 5 frame

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):

iphone 5 vs iphone 4 parts comparison

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:

iphone 5 camera assembly

And here’s the device disassembled with various internal components taken out:
iphone 5 parts

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:

iphone 5 and iphone 4

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:

iphone 5 frame design

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.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPhone, News, Rumor

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  1. Captain Buzz Kill says:

    Looks legit but it’s possible this was just an alternate antenna design that was never used too.

    Dare I say I’d be disappointed if this was the new model? It’s exactly the same, not even a bigger screen. What is the improvement exactly?

  2. Meh says:

    It’s just a hardware revision that addresses the antenna problem, Apple probably has hundreds of these and someone got their hands on one and is exclaiming it the iPhone 5. Lets get real, there are no new features and everything is identical except a few antenna bands here and there. I doubt this will see the light of day.

  3. Joseph says:

    Could just be the shell for the Verizon Iphone. Only differences would be the ones that would make sense for the different radios/antenna it would require no?

  4. ER Joker says:

    Hah! Video no longer available due to a copyright claim by Apple Inc.

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  6. sjsjhs says:

    it wasn’t very intelligent using YouTube, renewed for it’s docility with other private corporations.

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  10. Stephan says:

    I think this is the same video that you could not see.
    maybe you can put it on the site.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbhL6-7obOY

  11. Alexis says:

    If you bloggers have known it’s just a different design of the iphone FOUR for verizon wireless with different specs

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  13. Wayne says:

    Duh! Its the CDMA Verizon iPhone 4 =(

  14. jennifer says:

    it just look same like iphone 4… no change???

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