Repair firm SmartPhone Medic published a video that compares iPhone 4S components to purportedly leaked parts for Apple’s sixth-gen handset. While providing no new details, the video does offer a close-up look at the screens and flex cables of the two devices.
At the beginning, two iPhone 4S screen assemblies are shown between two front covers supposedly bound for the iPhone 5. Aside from the conspicous difference in display size, the relocation of the handset’s camera and proximity sensor strikes the eye. While Apple has placed the front-facing camera right above the speaker, the infrared proximity sensor is now located to the left of the lozenge-like hole.
The video also quickly compares the size of both models to the Samsung Galaxy S III, the huge 4.8-inch display of which is almost as big as the entire iPhone 5 front cover.
One of the most curious parts of the video is the comparison between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 flex cables. While the headphone jack, vibrator switch and volume rocker are placed on one of the key operational flex cables of the current model, the iPhone 5 cable features the sleep/wake toggle and eschews the headphone jack.
The most notable change in respect of the charge port flex cables is the switch from Apple’s regular 30-pin standard to a much smaller 9-pin dock connector. The video also emphasizes the new placement of the headphone jack which is now found at the bottom of the unit, just like that of the iPod touch, as well as a service antenna. As revealed in the final comparison, the wake/sleep button will be relocated by the iPhone 5 proximity sensor flex cable, with the addition of a noise-reducing microphone.
While the video depicts no new circuitry or components, it looks like the internals of the next-generation iPhone have been drastically redesigned to free space for a battery needed to power the energy-hungry 4-inch display.
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