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'iPhone 5' Headphone Jack and Earpiece Component Surfaces

Part leaks from the next-generation iPhone are beginning to ramp up, with component vendor SW-BOX.com having recently added a new headphone jack/earpiece/Wi-Fi cable part claimed to be from the device (via Cydia Blog). The new part joins a claimed micro-SIM tray that surfaced on the site several weeks ago and home buttons that appeared on several sites late last month.


If the new part is indeed legitimate, it does represent a significant departure from the component organization in the current iPhone. In the iPhone 4 and 4S, the headphone jack, volume buttons, and mute switch are grouped together on a single component, while this new part associates the headphone jack with the earpiece speaker and Wi-Fi cabling.

It is not terribly unusual for Apple to tweak the organization of components, and the new part leak offers essentially no information on any potential changes to the device's form factor, but with part leaks beginning to accelerate it may not be long before more substantial parts begin showing up.

Update: The center feature of the part appears to be more reminiscent of the dock connector rather than the earpiece, suggesting that the headphone jack may be moving to the bottom of the next-generation iPhone, as has been the arrangement in the iPod touch.

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32 months ago
Aha, two more parts.

Looks like we're playing an iPhone 5 3D puzzle.
Rating: 24 Votes
32 months ago
I wonder why there hasn't been any MBP parts / news recently :(
Rating: 24 Votes
32 months ago

Without Steve Jobs the iPhone is doomed. This design looks like a real mess, thanks Tim.


Tell me more about how you already seen what the new iphone will look like...

:rolleyes:
Rating: 21 Votes
32 months ago
If you can make sense of that picture, you could win the grand prize.
Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago
Rating: 14 Votes
32 months ago

Looks silly. If the iPhone 5 looks anything like that it's going to flop badly.


Without Steve Jobs the iPhone is doomed. This design looks like a real mess, thanks Tim.


I don't know why people are voting these down--funniest comments I've seen on MR in a while. You down-voters need to get a sense of humor. Sheesh. :rolleyes:
Rating: 11 Votes
32 months ago
Is there a iPhone 4/4S one to compare?
Rating: 11 Votes
32 months ago
Ah, very interesting. But please, we need one more rumor about the home button, so I can continue to feel excitement in my life.
Rating: 11 Votes
32 months ago
Whether or not the new iPhone is released in June or October, I'll be getting it as my contract for my iPhone 4 goes up on June 22nd.

At least it's nice to see that they combined the earpiece and the headphone jack into one part, as they pretty much serve the same function. The volume buttons, silent switch, and headphone jack part in the 4/4S was pretty much done for location convenience vs function. Also having the WiFi cable attached to this means that it's moved from the back panel, like it is on the 4/4S design. I would like to see what the other side of this looks like as it'll show whether or not the call speaker has moved. This view is from the back as if you were to open it up, this would be what you'd see.

This is looking like it's becoming a new design, even though this is the first true internal part. The SIM card tray and Home button were not that big of changes, but were noticeable, but not as obvious as this. Complete reconfiguration of the connections. Also from what I'm noticing, without there being a ruler next to it to correctly estimate the size, it looks like it's the current width as well. :(
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago

I don't know why people are voting these down--funniest comments I've seen on MR in a while. You down-voters need to get a sense of humor. Sheesh. :rolleyes:


how are they even funny?
Rating: 9 Votes

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