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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 10

John Cox | Aug. 13, 2012
How many pins can dance on the end of an iPhone?

In a separate 9to5Mac post, Gurman also has more "proof" - again culled from the iOS 6 beta code - that iPhone 5 will have 3.999-inch diagonal screen, and resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels, compared to 3.5 inches and 640 x 960 for the current iPhone 4S.

The increase would yield an aspect ratio of almost exactly 16:9, and maintain something close to the 326-pixels-per-inch density of Apple's Retina Display technology.

"Thanks to some tweaks to the iOS Simulator application that is included in the iOS development tools, we were able to run the simulator at the rumored next-generation iPhone display resolution of 640 x 1136," he reveals. "The iOS 5.1 simulator displayed the home screen with a stretched set of four rows of icons. On the other hand, iOS 6 displayed five complete rows - as our sources said Apple was testing for taller iPhone displays."

"This proves that the upcoming release of iOS 6, which will obviously come pre-loaded on the new iPhone, is well-aware of taller iPhone displays," Gurman says. Though he adds that "this is not exactly definitive proof that Apple will go with this resolution and screen size." Nevetheless, "we think that we have proof that the next iPhone's operating system is definitely aware and supportive of the rumored, taller screen."

iPhone 5 will have different but unexciting new stuff

It was big week for the French-Chinese Leak Connection. The French site NowhereElse also showed photos, originally posted at the Chinese online forum iColorOS, new "leaked" parts of the Next iPhone. That post was picked up by, among many others, GottaBeMobile.

It was a cornucopia of components, notes Shawn Ingram. "The parts show the glass front piece, nano-SIM tray, home button, volume buttons, sensors, and the protection piece for the back of the screen," he summarized. "The glass front panel definitely looks like all the previous leaks we've seen, as does the tray for the new nano-SIM and the home button."

"This is the first time we've seen the rest of these pieces. They look like they will fit neatly into the assembled parts we've seen already." Anyone can tell that, just by eyeballing the photo.

Despite the Leaked! Photos!, Ingram expresses something dangerously close to boredom. "While it is interesting to see more parts of the new iPhone, none of these other internal parts are particularly groundbreaking," he wrote. "Their presence does seem to confirm the smaller home button and nano-SIM tray, but otherwise these parts aren't particularly exciting."

If Leaked! Photos! Aren't exciting, what is the iOSphere coming to? Could we be staring at the Apploclypse - the pending announcement of the dreaded iPhone 4S+?

 

 

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