iPhone 5 to flop if this is design
The Apple iPhone 5 continues to be the focus of many in the smartphone world at the moment amid ever increasing rumors the closer we get to a release. We’ve already seen a few images of what is purported to be the iPhone 5 but today we have a new look which claims to be an iPhone 5 made up from leaked parts. We don’t know about you but our initial thoughts are that the iPhone 5 could flop if this is the design.
Only last week we brought you photos of an alleged iPhone 5 claimed to have been smuggled out of a Foxconn plant and earlier today told of a new release delay rumor stemming from problems with component supplies. This new look at what is claimed to be the iPhone 5 design is creating a real buzz as many seem to feel this has a certain air of authenticity about it rather than being yet another decoy from Apple or another source in order to throw us all off the scent.
The images come from a Japanese repair site iLab, and the iPhone 5 depicted in the photos has apparently been assembled with leaked parts to form the full device. Although we’ve heard many rumors of specs and features of the new iPhone over the last few months, these latest images do fit with the most recent rumors on what we might expect. Mobile & Apps tells how this latest leak fits with speculation of a 4-inch display, 19-pin connector, two-toned unibody styling, FaceTime camera in the center and the headphone jack moved to the bottom of the handset. The reverse also seems to depict a metal plate, also in tune with rumors of Apple doing away with the current glass backing.
Of course these images could all be one big fake and a couple of departures from usual Apple styling are apparent such as a raised portion with the screen and back panel and gun-metal sides. What is clear though is that we will not know how authentic these images are until Apple chooses to make its big iPhone 5 reveal. If these photos are the real deal though, is the design change for the iPhone 5 adequate enough?
One of the many things thrown up in comment to our many iPhone 5 stories is just how many people want a completely new and radical design for the iPhone 5. We’ve told before of widespread disappointment when the iPhone 4S arrived looking exactly the same as its predecessor, although it didn’t seem to damage sales. Many people though have expressed that they passed on the iPhone 4S and decided to wait for the iPhone 5 simply because of the lack of a new look. Although this newly leaked purported iPhone 5 does have some subtle changes we wonder if it’s different enough to appeal to those who’ve been waiting. Maybe it won’t do quite as much damage to Android market share as expected if the design doesn’t have the wow factor many expected? Our title may be a little harsh though considering that the iPhone 5 is sure to sell in some numbers despite what it looks like.
We’d really like to hear what you think about this. If these images are the genuine iPhone 5 then do you think it could be a flop? Alternatively you may be impressed with these images and can’t wait to get your hands on it? Let us know with your comments.