updated 07:40 am EDT, Thu May 28, 2009
Third Gen iPhone Bezel
Some details of the next-generation iPhone's design may have been slipped out late Wednesday thanks to a Hong Kong parts seller's listing. China Ontrade claims to be the first with a replacement third-generation iPhone's bezel and says it comes "directly from [the] factory." The design is substantially different than today's and would have a black metallic frame instead of chrome. It also stops near the very top of the shell rather than running a complete circle like existing iPhone models, and appears to move the phone speaker significantly higher.
The authenticity of the bezel is difficult to determine. Many firms in the area do have access (often unauthorized) to parts from factories, but there is no way to verify that China Ontrade has the authentic part and not that for a different company's device. Part leaks from China have nonetheless confirmed Apple products in the past, such as the unibody MacBook.
If real, the bezel would rebuff earlier beliefs that the new iPhones are internal upgrades alone rather than redesigns. [via iLounge]