Photo of Possible iPhone 5 Display Assembly Production Surfaces

Yesterday, as part of a report detailing a rumored timeframe for iPhone 5 pre-order and launch dates, 9to5Mac included an image of what appears to be an iPhone display assembly production line that had been posted to Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. The photo was also posted to the forums at Chinese site WeiPhone.com with a different watermark, so it is unclear what the original source of the image is.


While the image is not of high enough resolution to make definitive statements about the display might look like, the front panels appear very similar to those of the iPhone 4 but may be slightly larger. Suggestions of an elongated home button area have also been made, although it looks to us more like a sticker in the general vicinity of the home button hole due to an irregular shape and an inconsistent appearance from panel to panel presumably due to slight differences in the placement of the sticker.

M.I.C gadget reports that a reply to the original message on Sina Weibo claimed that the picture must have been taken at display manufacturer Wintek's facilities, although it is unclear if that is a specific claim or simply speculation.

It seems impossible to make any definitive statements about whether the display assemblies shown in the photo differ from those used in the iPhone 4, and so we are primarily posting the photo for interest and discussion.



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102 months ago
Also kind of looks like the Galaxy S2 front. I don't think we have any guarantee these are actual apple parts here.

There may be more curvature on the sides where the buttons resides, but it's hard to tell from the picture.
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102 months ago

They look like the workers in Intel's production plants all dressed up like that. Must be a clean room.


I thought they were ninjas, or something.
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102 months ago

Anyone else find it humorous that the displays they're using are not Apple displays or iMacs?
You'd think that an Apple manufacturer would be required by Apple to be brand-loyal. ;-p
Well whatever the case actually is, we can all be self-deluded and convince ourselves that they're connected to Minis or Pros. :rolleyes:


The displays are attached to a microscope, they don't look like computer monitors.
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102 months ago

They look like the workers in Intel's production plants all dressed up like that. Must be a clean room.


Hope that camera's clean.
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102 months ago

Wow, I guess this is to avoid dust getting under the glass before they seal it.


Unless it's iDust, which as we know has magical properties.
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102 months ago
Why is everyone surprised by the clean room? What did you expect?
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102 months ago

Anyone else find it humorous that the displays they're using are not Apple displays or iMacs?
You'd think that an Apple manufacturer would be required by Apple to be brand-loyal. ;-p
Well whatever the case actually is, we can all be self-deluded and convince ourselves that they're connected to Minis or Pros. :rolleyes:


No, not really. You do realize that Wintek makes lots of stuff for folks other than Apple (not to mention their own labeled products) :rolleyes: ? Given that they're a Chinese company, I'd expect to see Lenovo stuff used in production (or some other Chinese label) vs an American company like Apple.
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102 months ago



Why is everyone surprised by the clean room? What did you expect?


I would EXPECT happy AMERICAN workers - with jobs, paychecks, you know, stuff that will never happen again.
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102 months ago

I would EXPECT happy AMERICAN workers - with jobs, paychecks, you know, stuff that will never happen again.


I'd rather have a cheaper iPhone, call me selfish but Apple products aren't always cheap, and American made Apple products would be far too expensive.
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102 months ago
Damn, I hate it when people complain about Apple's products being made in China... Ironically, some of these people are the same people who are complaining about "socialism" and government over-regulating various industries....
This is just capitalism at its best, and this is what we sign up for when we decide to live in a capitalistic country. :eek:

On a more relative note... those buttons do look like stickers rather than an "elongated home button." Though, I'm really hoping for an elongated/gesture based home button. Can you imagine swiping left and right on the home button to switch between apps? That'd be too legit! :)
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