updated 07:30 am EST, Fri March 11, 2011
iPhone 5 engineering shots said appearing
Talk of the iPhone 5 getting an edge-to-edge display was reinforced Friday with a second sighting. Purported engineering drawings show a design very similar to the iPhone 4 but with a considerably larger (widely presumed to be four-inch) LCD. iDealsChina's images still show the controversial steel antenna band, but no gaps.
The sample would be used by case makers as a template for the dimensions they need.
Its accuracy isn't completely known. The earlier part photo if accurate would support it, but it also comes from the same source. A separate part leak doubted the authenticity. One more has also suggested the iPhone would go back to aluminum, although this wouldn't completely rule out the current design if the back switched away from glass.
Apple is likely to want a redesign to avoid the tarnished public image from the iPhone 4. A larger screen would be more a competitive point as it would give the iPhone 5 a screen more comparable to a Galaxy S without having to increase the size, as with Samsung.