This time last week we had very little idea of what the new iPhone may look like. Sure, we had rumors and claims that gave us something to go on, but none of them were supported by any evidence. But in the space of just a few days, we’ve seen several front and back panels from a number of different sources, which have today been backed up by what is purported to be a leaked blueprint for the next-generation iPhone.
The plan was first published by Japanese blog Macotakara, which has a mixed track record when it comes to Apple rumors, but it originates from iPhone repair specialists iLab Factory. It’s unclear how exactly it was obtained, but it would seem someone somewhere has no respect for Apple’s desire for secrecy.
That is, of course, if it is genuine. Something like this could so easily be faked using a simple piece of design software. Heck, even Microsoft Paint is capable of creating this. And the fact that it comes after those panel leaks — when hoaxers have something to go by — and all of the specifics have been blurred out makes it even more suspect.
But let’s assume it is genuine and take a look at what the plan tells us about the next iPhone. It’s hard to establish the size of the device because without those specifics, but it certainly seems to sport a longer form factor with a larger display. It definitely has a home button, despite rumors suggesting that that will disappear, and it seems the FaceTime camera has been moved. The small circle above the handset’s earpiece could be the FaceTime camera’s new home, though that could also be a proximity sensor.
Unfortunately there are no plans for the handset’s rear end, so this is all we have right now. But you can be sure we’ll see plenty more of these leaks before the new iPhone gets its unveiling later this year.