MacRumors points towards a set of high-resolution mock-up images of the sixth-generation iPhone (the “iPhone 5″), which are based on the leaked parts we told you about yesterday. If the aforementioned leaked parts are indeed from the upcoming handset, these images should give us an idea of what Apple’s next-gen iPhone will look like.
Bryce Haymond, who created the high-res, 3-D images, writes:
There’s been quite a bit of hype recently in the Apple universe over the imminent announcement of a new iPhone, or rather the new iPhone (aka iPhone 5). Many of the biggest media outlets have already published photos and videos of “leaked” parts that are supposedly from the iPhone 5 as it makes its way into the manufacturing phase at Apple’s suppliers. I thought it would be fun to piece together these fragments to see what the iPhone 5 might look like when Apple makes the big announcement.
He also makes a series of professional observations, after studying the leaked parts and diagrams of the purported next-gen iPhone, noting that:
- The mute switch and volume buttons all appear lower on the left side of the phone than previous models.
- The back side of the phone looks to be flush with the aluminum bezel. The iPhone 4/4S has back panels (and front panels) that are extruded somewhat from the bezel. This change is probably because of the aluminum unibody design, which made it simpler to go from the side, to chamfer, to back. The front panel still appears extruded, but perhaps slightly less than older models. This should all equate to a thinner overall phone.
- The camera and flash (and new back mic hole?) appear to be higher on the phone, closer to the top than to the side, ostensibly to provide room for the unibody design of the back panel. Prior models had the camera positioned equidistant from the edges.
- The speaker and mic grills on the bottom of the phone have changed to be a perforated circle pattern, bringing the iPhone into the same design family as the iPad with its similar speaker.
- In fact, all of these unibody details and changes unify the iPhone and the iPad into the same design language. Maybe the next black iPad will have a black anodized aluminum unibody back panel? It’s interesting to note that even the bezel on the leaks appears to be dark gray/black, only on the black model. The white model keeps the bezel the standard silver color.
Besides creating a .zip of 76 high-res images of the purported handset, Haymond also put together a concept video that shows-off the images he created – you can check that video out over at YouTube. For more information on Haymond’s thoughts regarding the sixth-gen iPhone, head over to his website.