Do these blueprints show the iPhone 5?

Do these blueprints show the iPhone 5?

Summary: The blueprints, if genuine, show an iPhone design featuring a 4-inch screen with an aspect ratio close to that of 16:9 when held horizontally.

TOPICS: iPhone

Schematic blueprints have emerged which allegedly detail Apple's iPhone 5, or 'the new iPhone' as many are expecting it to be called.

A photo of the blueprints was sent by an unnamed source to Cydia Blog.

The blueprints, if genuine, show an iPhone design featuring a 4-inch screen with an aspect ratio close to that of 16:9 when held horizontally. However, despite the larger screen, this iPhone is the same width as the current iPhone 4 and 4S and only 7mm taller.

It also shows that the front-facing camera has been moved to the center of the device to just above the ear speaker.

These blueprints seem to correspond closely to photos leaked a few days ago which purportedly showed the next-generation iPhone sporting a new metal case, an earphone socket that has been moved from the top of the handset to the underside, and a smaller dock connector.

It's interesting that this is the latest in a series of leaks that all seem to dovetail together. However, I have to say that I'm more than a little suspicious.

Firstly, I can't remember schematics for an actually Apple product ever being leaked. We did see fake schematics leaked for the iPhone 4S in the run up to the launch, but there's never been a leak that corresponded to a real product. Does Apple even use blueprints anymore? Seems somewhat old-school to me.

Secondly, these images come to us via an outlet that doesn't have an established track record for having good sources. In fact, this along with most of the other leaks we've seen recently have come via sites that I've not heard of before.

Then there's the fact that it's not hard to fake blueprints. Over the years I've seen some pretty elaborate things that were 'leaked' which turned out to be fake. If we'd been shown high-resolution shots of several pages of blueprints -- or better still, circuit diagrams -- I'd be more comfortable calling this leak genuine. As it stands, that page could have been drawn up by someone in a few hours.

And even if these are real blueprints, bear in mind that Apple designs and tests dozens of prototypes for each product. This could be a rejected design for the iPhone 5, or even a rejected design for the iPhone 4 or 4S.

In my experience, some 98 percent of Apple rumors end up being incorrect or fake. It's always worth bearing that in mind.

Is this the iPhone 5? I'm not convinced.

Image source: Cydia Blog.


Topic: iPhone

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  • Quote

    "One thing is that were not fragmented. Look at the percentage of users who upgraded to iOS 5. We have one App Store. We have one phone with one screen size, one resolution. So its pretty simple if youre a developer." ??? Tim Cook
    • Agreed

      Apple has used a 4:3 aspect ratio for all devices to date. Switching to 16:9 would directly contradict Cook's statements along with even past statements of Jobs against using 16:9.
      • Wrong

        It's actually a 3:2 aspect ratio and switching to 16:9 won't contradict anything. Cook was talking about right now.. He wasn't answering to a question about the future of Apple and the iPhone, it was about how things are right now. Regardless of the screen size, they still need to make the phone bigger if they want LTE. So, it wouldn't make any sense if the phone gets big and the screen stays the same.
      • There will be ***no*** software fragmentation even if Apple would do 16:9

        ... screen.

        This is because additional space could be reserved for only system-backed, OS-provided functions such as video and photo viewing, web browsing, reading or for widgets (probably to be premi??red in iOS 6), and so on. Application working space would be still 3:2 ratio.
      • iPads are 4:3

        @ tuna_

        Actually I'm only partially wrong as only iPhones are 3:2, iPads are 4:3.
    • That quote

      refers to the iPhones now - and does not take into account the iPad. It does not necessarily indicate that this will always be the case and the next iPhone could possibly have a larger screen.
  • Does Apple even use blueprints anymore?

    blueprints are nothing more than engineering documents. I would be highly surprised if they didn't. Now if you want to get technical, I don't think anyone actually uses "blueprints" anymore, since that is really an outdated way to display and present engineering documents ( I don't think I have seen actual "blueprints" in 40 years other than historical archives). But engineering drawings are very much main stream.
    • Simple answer

      Yes. When you have custom parts made, you need one to inspect the part by. There are also situations the dragging a $3,000 CAD workstation on the road does not make sense. It's also much more efficient to read an Assembly drawing (do they even call them "Blueprints anymore?), Than it is to try holding up a 21" flat screen and trying to compare the part.
      Jumpin Jack Flash
  • The blueprints, if genuine,....

    ...prove that some ex-Apple employee is looking for a job.
  • The best phone screen I have ever used

    The best phone screen I have ever used was a 4.3" 4:3 aspect ratio phone as it was wide enough to have a decent keyboard and good reading area for my challenged eyes.

    The second best was a 4" 4:3 aspect ratio and that was an excellent Super Amoled Display.

    Of course not of those have been moved back a notch by my Galaxy Note...

    The point is, a 4" 4:3 screen is a very good size and I would love that in Super Amoled Screen if all I had previous was a 3.5" 4:3 IPS turd to use.