China Ontrade, a Hong Kong parts seller, posted an image late Wednesday of what it claims to be the first replacement bezel for the third-generation iPhone. Claiming that the design comes "directly from [the] factory," the bezel could be identical to the bezel that Apple plans to ship with its next-generation iPhone handset which is widely expected to debut at WWDC on 8 June 2009.
The leak, if accurate, would confirm a previous rumor that that next iPhone will dispense with the traditional silver band around the perimeter of the phone, replacing it with an all-black design. It would also counter some previous claims that the new iPhone would consist mainly of internal upgrades with little or no change to the external design.
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.
Tip: Electronista via iLounge