A mockup of the iPhone 5. (Photo : idealschina.com)
Rumors about the iPhone 5 have been fueling search engines over the course of this summer. Anticipation is at an all-time high, and in the frenzy to figure out what exactly Apple's next-gen handset is going to offer, various leaks have revealed supposed component parts, from the front panel, to the smaller nine-pin dock. SmartPhone Medic has collected a number of leaked component parts and compiled a hands-on video.
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An Apple event on September 12 is expected to reveal an iPhone 5, an iPad Mini, and new iPods. The iPhone 5 could then be out as early as the third or fourth week of September.
The person who gave SmartPhone Medic is apparently "a very reliable source that we have worked with for years."
A spokesperson for SmartPhone also added that the source has "been very accurate when releasing early parts to us in the past, but obviously we cannot say 100 percent that they are indeed the parts for the new iPhone."
The video shows off a 4-inch front panel that supports the rumors of a taller, but not-wider screen. The screen size of the current iPhone 4S is 3.5 inches.
The video also shows off the 9-pin dock connector that will replace the 30-pin dock connector across all Apple mobile products.
The 3.5mm audio jack has now been moved from the top of the iPhone, to the bottom, near the dock.
SmartPhone Medic maintains that these parts are not 100 percent verified, but that they stand a good chance of being authentic iPhone 5 components.
"Apple is very good at protecting parts/devices until their launch, despite what people may think. It is very difficult to acquire them. The quality, build and markings suggest that they are accurate," they said.
The iPhone 5 is also rumored to feature a quad-core processor and an NFC chip that would allow for wireless data sharing.
Carriers AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will all be launching the iPhone 5 this fall. Both AT&T and Verizon have changed schedules and policies to make sure all hands are on deck in late September (the rumored iPhone 5 release date) and Sprint has begun discounting the iPhone 4S in an attempt to clear shelf space.
Carrier U.S. Cellular will most likely not get the iPhone 5 until initial demands from the three big national carriers are met.
T-Mobile has officially stated that they believe Android smartphones offer a great alternative, and that at the moment, the reason the iPhone is not carried by them is because of engineering design conflicts with the carrier's networks.
See the SmartPhone Medic iPhone 5 component video: