By Anu Passary | Aug 27, 2012 12:22 PM EDT
The perennial iPhone 5 rumors and leaks have become almost commonplace, and until the fabled Apple offering makes its much-awaited September debut, it seems that the rumor mill will continue to run on overdrive. The latest leak shows a completely assembled iPhone 5.
According to Touchreviews, repair site UBreakiFix recently leaked images of the alleged fully-assembled iPhone5's front panel and screen, which it reportedly obtained from one of its distributors. If the images are authentic, then it is likely that an Apple manufacturer is the source.
"Most recently, repair site UBreakiFix leaked images of what claims to be a fully assembled iPhone 5 front panel and screen," stated the Touchreviews report.
Additionally, Apple.pro highlighted the recent images, which were posted to a Photobucket account. The account in question previously posted images of the new iPad which suggested that it would be thicker than its predecessor iPad 2 along with leaked images of iPhone 5's front panel in white.
Several leaks of iPhone 5 parts and accessories have surfaced on the Internet time and again. Below is an in-depth view of what is unusual about this leak.
What the leaked images disclose
The leaked images showcase the purported iPhone 5's front panel and screen. Even though the leak does not divulge any key information or details with which iFans are not already familiar, it does provide a sneak peek of what the complete smartphone will look like once all the separately circulating parts have been assembled. The leaked image of the completely assembled front panel is the most comprehensive one from the current crop.
Additionally, the image reveals what the front panel will look like. It showcases not only the much-rumored taller display, which most are by now familiar with, but also the attached home screen button. However, no major changes have been made to the button, and further scrutiny reveals that the distance between the home button and the lower half of the display screen (near the edge of the device) has reduced. Moreover, a metal bracket secures the home button.
The metal shield for the display was leaked earlier this month. In the new images, the rumored front-facing camera is installed behind the shielding. The image offers a closer look at the camera position, which will likely be in the center of the device, unlike previous models in which it is located to the left of the speaker grill.
The new images also corroborate last week's front panel leak with the attached LCD. It also gives iFans glimpses into Apple's plans to include LED flash on both the front and rear cameras.
No images showcasing the rear of the device are available, so iFans can only speculate on the unibody design.
The cascade of leaks and rumors divulge very little, and tech gurus opine that they are a "refinement strategy" and seem to build on the existing iPhone features and specs. "All three of these phones build on Apple's original vision of the iPhone," wrote Don Lehman on TechBlock. "This refinement strategy helps generate actual profits. You get better at making the same thing year after year. You reduce parts. You streamline production. You make the messaging clearer."
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