Is This iPhone 5S? Apple Reveals Buttonless Plastic iPhone Via A Patent Filing [PICS]

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Apple has put in a patent for a device without a home button and it is said to be the cheaper variation of the Apple iPhone. As rumors have it, there may be both an iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 launching this year, with the former possibly being the cheaper model.

Is this the iPhone 5S?

The patent which is number 8,364,032 shows an Apple iPhone with no home button on the front, or front camera, although a back one is there. The handset will be made from clear plastic, according to the patent.

The patent which is described as “light isolating protective cover for small form factor electronic device,” the patent states: “A portable device has a rear facing camera assembly and a front facing display assembly that includes at least a protective cover layer, a display stack that includes a plurality of display components arranged in a plurality of interconnected layers, the display stack providing an imaging service, and a flat support chassis arranged to provide support for the display stack.”

However other transparent materials, which could be clear plastic may be used Apple said. The back of the handset has a protective cover, which Apple say is able to “wrap around and protect at least the rear portion of the portable device without adversely affecting an image capture process carried out by the rear facing camera assembly.”

Apparently Apple filed the patent on 21st February and the patent was granted on 29th January 2013. The filing listed Apple engineers Chong Yip Chow, Hongqin Zhang, Shizhe Shen and Michael DiVincent as being the principal investors.

If this is the iPhone 5S? Would you be happy or disappointed?

Apple iPhone patent

Apple iPhone patent

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