Looking for a side-by-side comparison of all the iPhone 5 parts salvaged thus far in Asia? This video has it.
Since the first iPhone 5 parts were spotted in the wild, we’ve seen a lot of still photos. But this new video series from iPhone5Parts.net offers a rather comprehensive side-by-side video comparison of iPhone 4S and 5 parts, complete with measurements. If you’re expecting to discover something completely new about the iPhone 5 that you haven’t already read, then this isn’t the video to watch; it basically highlights all of the subtle and not-so-subtle changes in the screen dimensions, as well as the redistribution of the front-facing camera lens and related holes.
In this first video, there are a couple minor discoveries: namely, that the new iPhone 5 display does not accommodate the old iPhone 4S home button. At first glance, the dimensions of the home button space seems the same, but when the presenter tries to insert a 4S home button into the new space, he cannot get it to slide in. Another novel test comes at the end of the video, when the presenter scratches both the 4S and 5 display with a set of car keys, and appears to show a completely scratchless iPhone 5 glass.
As you’ll see from the video, the presenter doesn’t appear to have any explicit knowledge of why Apple has made the changes to the repositioning of the camera lens hole they’ve made on the iPhone 5 — he spends the majority of his time measuring and comparing pieces, and speculating on the repositioning of things, and doesn’t speak with much authority. This tells me that these parts are simply being smuggled out of the Foxconn plant by assemblers who don’t know much about the design of the iPhone 5, other than which pieces fit together.
What I like about the video is that it really puts into perspective what we can expect from the elongated screen display: adding a good half inch to the length of the screen is really palpable when you stack the two displays next to each other. Some skeptical users have balked at the idea of the longer screen, noting that if Apple’s primary reason for elongating the screen is for video viewing, then it is a wasted innovation. But I think that Apple is thinking less about video viewing, and more about the user experience — especially when the iPhone is held in landscape mode.
Did you learn anything from this video? Any new insights into the iPhone 5 as we are now seeing it?
By Michael Nace