The recent purported photos of the iPhone 5 are joined by a detailed schematic that appears to match up with the parts. But in the end, these are all rumors stacked on top of rumors.
There’s no doubt that 9to5Mac’s release of iPhone 5 parts last week continue to be the big story in the rumor mill. Based on what we’ve been reading from commentors on this blog, as well as the rest of the tech sphere, interest and excitement over the purported back plate of the iPhone 5 is waning, with iPhone enthusiasts questioning whether or not it is in keeping with Cupertino’s typical aesthetics. At best, the rumor mill remains ambivalent: the leaked parts, if real, gives fuel to the fire that there could be a surprise release of the iPhone 5 at the WWDC next week, after all. And yet, if folks are not all that excited about the aesthetics, hope of the June announcement might be turning to hope that the parts are fake.
The storyline got a little bit more complex in the past couple of days, when CydiaBlog released a set of purported blueprints for the iPhone 5 — pictured above — that are said to be in near-perfect conformity with the 9to5Mac parts.
For their part, 9to5Mac printed out the blueprints, and did an extensive comparison of their rumored parts with the new rumored schematics, and both appear to corroborate one another in large part, but with some overlap:
Although calculations of the display show an opening less than 0.1-inch over 4-inches, the display could likely measure a flat 4-inches diagonally as the front panel is typically slightly larger than the display. We noted yesterday that our sources informed us that the next-generation iPhone front glass images we posted feature the same width of the current iPhones, which would comfortably allow for an approximate 16:9 aspect ratio. We cannot confirm the schematic is 100 percent legit, or not just a past prototype, but also all the recent evidence points to a 4-inch next-generation iPhone that we expect to see this October.
But for as much as 9to5Mac may have done their due diligence on conflating the two rumors, TechnoBuffalo took the comparisons to a whole ‘nother geeky level (and I mean that in the best of ways. Their process is too extensive to quote here, other than to say that the conclusion was as follows: “you can see that I’ve overlaid the schematic on top of both the screen and the body. Both match up perfectly.” You should definitely take a look at their thorough analysis.
With all this in mind, however, what are we really to make of this blueprint rumor, and how it matches up with the leaked parts?
For as much as there is a plausibility to the leaked parts (even though even they could have easily been fabricated), the blueprint seems, for lack of a better word, “sketchy.” And here’s my: to my thinking, it is much more believable that a worker at Foxconn smuggled out some components to the iPhone 5 than it is that someone got their hands on the official blueprints to the iPhone 5, heisting them out of Cupertino. It has been proven over the past few years that, for all of their efforts, Apple struggles to some degree to ensure high levels of security on product leaks at Foxconn. On their own home turf, however, the Worldwide Loyalty Team must have considerably more power and control. My guess is that a blueprint like this is kept in a secure vault, and the amount of people who have access to it is strictly limited.
I would even guess that component manufacturers only get limited access to the blueprints: for example, if Sharp is manufacturing the display, they only get the designs to the display portion of the iPhone 5 — not the “big picture.”
A very talented draftsman could have easily taken the dimensions outlined in the 9to5Mac article and drawn these up, so that they more or less corroborate their story. Furthermore — and this will come as a downer to the June Truthers — the original parts could have been fabricated from the exacting specs offered by those two forum goers who first posed the idea of the longer 4-inch iPhone display and form factor. It could technically all be a conspiracy — a conspiracy to ratchet up excitement ahead of the WWDC.
Or, the parts could be real and the blueprints could be fake.
Or, both could be real — how’s that for taking a stance?
On balance, I am very skeptical of the blueprints, much less skeptical of the leaked parts, but also not too jazzed about the look of the form factor. So, I am now pulled between hoping that we get a June iPhone 5 announcement, but also hoping that the parts we’ve seen are not the finished product.
By Michael Nace