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iPhone 5: The “5” Is For Five Rows

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Another day and in comes another string of leaked iPhone 5 pictures. This time around, the folks over at SoHu.com revealed the photos which show what appears to be the case model of the new iPhone 5 handed out to 3rd party manufacturers of accessories.

iPhone 5 taller than 4S & 3GS, can accommodate an extra row of apps

The photos show measurements of the iPhone 5 and compares the new phone alongside older versions of the iPhone. The iPhone 5 will be 124.46 x 58.58 x 9.3mm. The iPhone 4 and 4S come in at 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm in comparison. What this means is that the new iPhone 5 will be the same width as that of the iPhone 4 and 4S but it will be 10mm taller. They also show that the new handset will be 2mm thinner than any other iPhone.

The photos show that Apple have pulled off slimmer glass parts on the top and at the back of the handset and that it will probably be designed in aluminum with glass at the top and bottom to aid with signal strength. It also shows that there are two section breaks for same sized volume buttons and screen lock. The screen lock is a smaller section and it will be red when the device is locked.

iPhone 5

iPhone 5

It is thought that the iPhone 5 will have a smoother appearance than the renders which were revealed a few weeks back. As for the extra height on the new iPhone 5 over its ancestors, rumors suggest that it is for a fifth row of apps. Given the grid pattern that iOS uses and no support for widgets, it only makes sense to squeeze in an extra row for the icons so users can have access to more apps per page.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be revealed on the 12th September and may be in stores by the 21st of September.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.