Richi Jennings

iPhone 5 design pictured: Confirms rumors, confounds bloggers

July 11, 2012 6:11 AM EDT

There's more insight into the iPhone 5, as pictures come to light of an 'engineering sample' milled from a metal block. It seems to confirm rumors, but raises as many questions as it purportedly answers. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is keeping mum, natch. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers simply can't contain themselves, as usual.
iPhone 5 'sample'
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Shawn Ingram claims this breathless exclusive: iPhone 5 engineering sample straight from...China show[s it's] slightly taller, slightly thinner...about the same width...where the antenna and ports will be and other design aspects.
[It] will follow the iPhone 4S’ general design language. Its display will be larger [with a] smaller bezel. ... There is a rear-facing microphone placed between the camera and flash...for video recording and noise reduction.       M0RE

The anonymous Appleinsider gnomes toil and blog thuswise:

[There's] a striking resemblance to molds used by case manufacturers for prototyping. ...the shots have not been verified and the site's provenance is unknown...[we] cannot vouch for their validity.
The device looks to sport the rumored 4-inch screen, rear camera layout and "uni-body" chassis.       M0RE

Mark Gurman says it confirms earlier rumors:

[It lends] more credence to the previously rumored taller design.
In late May, we published photographs of purported...iPhone [5] parts...showcas[ing] the design...including a two-toned back (with a metal plate), microphone on the device’s back, a smaller dock connector...and taller display.       M0RE

Jonny Evans has this fascinating analysis:

Apple faces more negative sentiment than I've encountered in the last 14 years of reporting on the company. ... Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White...warns of a decline in Apple purchases as shoppers look forward to new product introductions in the coming months.
Apple's July-September results may disappoint...hoping the iPhone 5 will...turn the tide of public opinion and to knock Samsung down the smartphone sales charts. ... Apple can achieve this by simply reducing margins slightly.
New industry-leading production processes might also offer Apple advantage. ...the speculated upon move to Liquid Metal for the chassis...while expensive in terms of set-up of new production lines may also help reduce costs.
It's in the nature of empires to grow until they lose their grip on the public consensus that drives their success. ... Apple has led segments of the industry for long enough.       M0RE.

Last word goes to the appropriately even-handed Michael Santo:

Realistically, even the rumors that seem confirmed, such as the dock connector...are still really unconfirmed, since the photos...remain unverified.
[But they do] seem in sync with other leaked part images [so] they seem pretty convincing.       M0RE

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