Just when the photos published by 9to5Mac last week began to seem less than believable, a new video has emerged from ETrade Supply that purports to show the iPhone 5 back plate. If pictures say a thousand words, then videos show a thousand pictures.
The gentleman on the video gives us a thorough, up-close look at the back plate, and it would appear that the part he is holding is identical to that of the back plate seen in the original 9to5Mac article. It features the same small cut-out for the dock connector, the repositioning of the headphone jack to the bottom, changes to the sides, the long profile, and the slightly mismatched look of the metal piece against glass or plastic framing on the back.
What I find particularly interesting about the video is that it puts the “mismatched” colors of the metal piece and glass pieces into better view, and seeing it in real life, it is much more appealing. Apple tends to for a streamlined, unified, unibody look for its products, so I found the glass-of-metal lines of the iPhone 5 back increasingly jarring, leading me farther and farther away from thinking these parts might be real. But seeing it on display in this video makes the design look more workable — and more Apple.
Another interesting revelation is the rendering of the Apple and iPhone logos, which appear to be in a polished metal that is contrasted from the more matte metal finish of the rest of the plate. When people have talked about LiquidMetal being used on the back of the iPhone 5, many have spoken about a holographic image being etched into the metal itself. It doesn’t appear that we are seeing that feature on these parts, however, I wonder if the polished-against-matte metal finish we are seeing here the result of using LiquidMetal?
In any case, one also has to wonder how, if this is the iPhone 5, how the parts are getting out into the open, especially after Tim Cook recently told us that Cupertino is doubling down on security. Are we all caught up in some kind of incredibly cynical ruse?
I have to say, seeing the parts in this video make it look incredibly plausible. If it’s a fake, it’s faking me out big time.
By Michael Nace