Engadget was reportedly able to obtain pictures of the iPhone 5 back panel, which depict the device as having an aluminum back with glass ends at the top and bottom. The unreleased unit appears to feature a significantly smaller dock connector placed on the bottom of the handset, where the company has also relocated the headphone jack.
However, the “iPhone” trademark is displayed in a suspicious font on the rear panel, meaning the part could have been craftily faked. The component does line up with multiple reports surrounding the widely expected handset. Some publications have argued that Apple plans to refuse from its usual glass-back design featured on the two previous models in favor of a new aluminum back.
A different position of the headphone jack on the purported device could also explain why earlier images showed the headphone part combined with the Wi-Fi components and earpiece. In the iPhone 4 and 4S, the headphone jack is grouped together with the device’s volume buttons and mute switch, all placed on the same component in the upper left corner of the unit.
Moreover, Apple is also said to drop the 30-pin iPod dock connector featured on its products for years and replace it with a new, smaller port in order to save some room on its devices. The company will reportedly debut the new dock connector on its next-gen iPhone, largely anticipated to arrive this fall.
Finally, the upcoming handset is claimed to boast a 4-inch screen, a slight increase over the previously employed 3.5-inch display. The back panel shown in the latest component seems to have a slightly longer design, possibly to make space for a larger screen.