Following reports of a 3.95-inch iPhone with a taller form factor, purported pictured of next-gen iDevice components hit the web. The most notable of these parts is an alleged front panel from the new 4.1-inch iPod touch, which is also said to be taller than its predecessor. If Apple wanted to upgrade the iPhone and iPod with larger displays, it would definitely use the same screen size for both devices. Given this, reports of a 3.95-inch iPhone and 4.1-inch iPod just don’t quite line up, although all of the claims are in the same general size range.
One Apple supplier has also listed several new parts, allegedly bound for the iPhone 5, including front and rear cameras and the home button flex cable. The camera componets are identified as requiring verification, but the suppler could currently be in the process of confirming their authenticity. Although the images are too small to discern details, one can clearly see differences from the iPhone 4S parts. From the user’s perspective, however, they may end up very similar functionally. The rear camera closely resembles modules found in the last few iPhone generations, despite the absence of an associated LED flash.
As Apple’s annual updates approach, more and more leaked components claimed to be for the next-gen products, are flooding the Internet. Last month, pictures of the redesigned home buttons for the iPhone 5 surfaced online, followd by a micro-SIM tray and the purported earpiece/headphone jack assembly, although there has been a discussion as to the exact destination of the components on that part. Whether these parts are genuine remains to be seen, but past history shows such leaked components are often truly obtained from Apple’s supply chain.