If 9to5Mac’s leaked iPhone 5 parts are the real thing, then the rumors have been amazingly accurate. But the key word here is “if.” (Also — do these new photos give the October release truthers pause?)
Just when it seemed like there’d be no significant iPhone 5 component centerfolds to gawk at leading up the WWDC in mid-June, big news broke over at 9to5Mac, whose purported leaked photos of what are said to be iPhone 5 parts has made quite a splash in the rumor mill. While the leaked photos of home buttons, sim card trays, and front panels for the iPod Touch have failed to impress many into believing that it could be enough of a component breadcrumb trail leading to a WWDC iPhone 5 announcement, the 9to5Mac photos — if true — reveal enough of the new iPhone’s design to suggest that production could indeed be far enough along to imagine a release date well before the fall.
Of course, that’s a big “if.” The fact is, leaked parts have always had to be taken with a grain of salt: while some of the iPad 3 part leaks turned out to be solid, most of what we saw last year led to dead ends — including a flurry of bogus iPhone 5 cases.
It is worth noting, however, that 9to5Mac appears to believe that what we are looking at is legitimate, for whatever that’s worth. For those conspiracy theorists who believe that Apple baits the rumor mill, it could be said that the appearance of these parts — so close to the ramp up of the WWDC — is meant to re-ignite the flame of the iPhone 5 rumor mill that has (with few exceptions) has no believe in a June-released iPhone 5.
Another interesting component to these leaked parts is that it makes good on the totality of recent rumors concerning the form factor and exterior of the iPhone 5: the taller screen, the smaller dock connector, the metal back (though no word on LiquidMetal), and a serious cosmetic redesign of the sides and overall look of the phone. It’s a perfect representation of the same rumors that 9to5Mac has been espousing. Skeptics might say too perfect.
Conspicuously absent from the story is how this set of photos impacts the release date rumors for the iPhone 5.
In 9to5Mac’s original article, they had this to say:
The iPhone repair experts at iFixyouri have forwarded a nifty new part that entered their catalog. It could be the back plate for the upcoming new iPhone or one of the early prototypes. We are told the Chinese parts supplier is a reliable one (not a fly-by-night) and that they are actually selling these parts (do not worry, we have one on order).
How did iFixyouri come upon adding these parts to their catalog? Furthermore, if the iPhone 5 is still five months away like most believe, then how could a Chinese parts supplier — which 9to5Mac believes is reputable — be adding these parts to their catalog? It suggests that — assuming the rumor is true — that there are lots of parts out on the Asian market that are obtainable. Not what you’d expect from an iPhone 5 that is practically a half a year away from release.
The deduction is simple: if you believe these parts are real, then you need to starting believing in a June iPhone 5 release. Conversely, if you believe that the iPhone won’t be released until the fall, then you cannot believe this story. We cannot have it both ways.
By Michael Nace