(Update 6/12/12: A new version of these iPhone concepts has been posted. We’re calling it version 2.0! You can see them at this link.)
There’s been quite a bit of hype recently in the Apple universe over the imminent announcement of a new iPhone, or rather the new iPhone (aka iPhone 5). Many of the biggest media outlets have already published photos and videos of “leaked” parts that are supposedly from the iPhone 5 as it makes its way into the manufacturing phase at Apple’s suppliers. I thought it would be fun to piece together these fragments to see what the iPhone 5 might look like when Apple makes the big announcement (perhaps Monday?).
I’m an industrial designer, so I made it in CAD, the same type of software that was used to design the actual phone. As I looked closely at the sometimes blurry photos of the parts, I noticed some things that I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere online:
- The mute switch and volume buttons all appear lower on the left side of the phone than previous models.
- The back side of the phone looks to be flush with the aluminum bezel. The iPhone 4/4S has back panels (and front panels) that are extruded somewhat from the bezel. This change is probably because of the aluminum unibody design, which made it simpler to go from the side, to chamfer, to back. The front panel still appears extruded, but perhaps slightly less than older models. This should all equate to a thinner overall phone.
- The camera and flash (and new back mic hole?) appear to be higher on the phone, closer to the top than to the side, ostensibly to provide room for the unibody design of the back panel. Prior models had the camera positioned equidistant from the edges.
- The speaker and mic grills on the bottom of the phone have changed to be a perforated circle pattern, bringing the iPhone into the same design family as the iPad with its similar speaker.
- In fact, all of these unibody details and changes unify the iPhone and the iPad into the same design language. Maybe the next black iPad will have a black anodized aluminum unibody back panel? It’s interesting to note that even the bezel on the leaks appears to be dark gray/black, only on the black model. The white model keeps the bezel the standard silver color.
After I did these renderings, more video came out that shows no mic hole on the top bezel, so that detail is wrong. It was likely just moved from the top to the back between the camera and flash. There also appears to be plastic rings around the headphone jack and dock port at the bottom of the phone, which I did not include in my model. The SIM slot also appears to be less wide than I show. It’s also unclear yet as to whether the buttons on the black iPhone will be the same black anodized color, or remain silver. I kept them silver. I haven’t seen any buttons leak yet. (Update: I’m absolutely thrilled at the online response to this video and renderings! I plan to make a version 2.0 of the renderings, with these details fixed, and any others that might show up. Stay tuned!)
At the top of the post is an animation of the models. But there’s a lot more where that came from. Here is a link to download (10MB) a zipped collection of 76 high resolution image renderings of the iPhone 5, both black and white, from many angles and positions. Or you can view them all below (click to enlarge). Feel free to use, with attribution. Enjoy!
Who knows if these leaked parts are real or just folks playing tricks, but its fun to see anyway. If this is the new design, I think it’s an absolute beauty, once again. If not, I’m sure the real thing will be just as good, if not better. In any case, well done Jony!
Thanks to TechnoBuffalo for the very nice mockup of the new larger 4″ 1136 x 640 pixel homescreen.
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