The supply chain has spoken again. This is a new one however. The new iPhone parts that are being shown paint quite a different picture from the existing iPhone 4 and 4S.
9to5 Mac reported that they received backplate components of the next-generation iPhone. It was only the black plate at first, but now they’re claiming to have access to a white one as well.
A large portion of the backplate is made from metal. It is unclear as to what the metal plate is used for or if it is merely for aesthetic purposes. They have also noted that the antenna for the phone has been molded into the backplate itself, thus creating a unibody enclosure much like they did for the MacBook lineup.
I always miss the aesthetics of the first generation iPhone. While it may look bulky and old, it always felt the best in the hand. With Apple’s aluminum manufacturing abilities, it’s surprising that the iPhone hasn’t moved in that direction.
With a more unibody like case, Apple could squeeze in more sizable components like a 4G/LTE chipset, and a larger battery.
The latest pictures from 9to5 Mac aren’t just the backplate:
The photos also confirm the smaller dock connector and it appears that the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom.
I’ve always loved that the headphone jack was at the top of the iPhone. I can see where moving it to the bottom might give the engineers a bit more leeway with components.
We’ll see what happens. This wouldn’t be the first time a phone design was made public sooner than Apple would have liked.
Image Source: 9to5 Mac