Detailed Photo and Video Comparison of iPhone 4S and 'iPhone 5' Front Panels

iPhone parts company ETrade Supply posts a detailed comparison [via iPhoneinCanada.ca] of the front panels of the iPhone 4S and what has been claimed to be the next-generation "iPhone 5". As with numerous other leaks, the new front panel shows a taller display and the FaceTime camera being moved to above the earpiece.

The blog post contains a number of images and a nearly 7-minute video comparing the two parts, showing that not only is the new part taller than the corresponding iPhone 4S part but it is also 0.1 mm thinner and offers more light transmittance and more scratch resistance than its counterpart.


ETrade Supply has also taken a close look at the home button region of the front panel, showing that the hole for the home button is 0.3 mm smaller in diameter than the hole on the iPhone 4S, while the margin between the bottom of the panel and the bottom of the display area is 2.6 mm shorter, allowing Apple to significantly increase the size of the iPhone's display while only slightly increasing the overall device height.

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Comparison of iPhone 4S (left) and "iPhone 5" (right) home button hole diameters

iphone 5 home button area height
This is not the first time the alleged next-generation iPhone front panel has been caught on video, but this new video and photo comparison does offer the most detailed comparison between the part and the corresponding iPhone 4S part we have seen yet.

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Top Rated Comments

GenesisST Avatar
154 months ago
You mean "The new iPhone" or "iPhone 6". The 5th one came out last year.

I shall call it whatever annoys OCD-ish people the most... so iPhone 5, it is! ;)

I should also get an "iTouch"!
Score: 85 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aajeev Avatar
154 months ago
You mean "The new iPhone" or "iPhone 6". The 5th one came out last year.
Here we go again, you find one of these guys in EVERY SINGLE post that's related to iPhone. Want to give it a rest? Or do you pride yourself in knowing this piece of information?
Score: 59 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DrJohnnyN Avatar
154 months ago
Any day now!

Btw, nice finger condoms.
Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xenomorph Avatar
154 months ago
You mean "The new iPhone" or "iPhone 6". The 5th one came out last year.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mKizzo Avatar
154 months ago
You mean "The new iPhone" or "iPhone 6". The 5th one came out last year.

Right, cuz jumping from 4S to 6 is quite logical in your head...
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
newyorksole Avatar
154 months ago
You mean "The new iPhone" or "iPhone 6". The 5th one came out last year.

I used to say this too, but iPhone 5 would actually make sense. To the consumer 4S is like 4.5, making 5 the next version. No one really knows that the iPhone 4S is the 5th iPhone besides tech geeks.

But it'll be "the new iPhone"
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