Closeup Photos Show Clear Difference in Thickness Between iPhone 5 and 4S

Parts and repair firm iResQ has been slowly building its own iPhone 5 as parts have been coming in, as shown in yesterday's photos revealing the battery installed into the rear shell alongside several other components such as the dock connector/headphone jack flex cable, external buttons flex cable, and the rear camera assembly.

iresq iphone5 4s front comparison
iResQ has now added a front panel to the mix, providing a good overall look at the iPhone 5 with several closeup photos. The assembly is of course non-functional, as it is missing the logic board and several other components, but nearly all of the externally-visible features are in place.

iresq iphone 5 4s side comparison
Perhaps most notable is one closeup side-on shot showing the iPhone 5 laying next to an iPhone 4S on a table. The photo shows that the iPhone 5 is indeed substantially thinner than the iPhone 4S, by approximately the thickness of either the front or rear glass of the iPhone 4S. Apple's move toward thinner body components and a thinner distribution of internal components enabled by the larger surface area due to the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5 have allowed the company to substantially shrink the device's overall thickness. Previous reports have pegged the iPhone 5 thickness at 7.6 mm, 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S at 9.3 mm.

iresq iphone 5 4s bottom comparison
Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 5 at its media event scheduled for next Wednesday, September 12.

Top Rated Comments

FrizzleFryBen Avatar
112 months ago
I like that the edges of the glass is less exposed to hits when dropped.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macrumorsuser10 Avatar
112 months ago
Is it me, or have there been more leaks and mockups for this iPhone than for any previous models in years past?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fenderbass146 Avatar
112 months ago
i hate the home button

? so you hated every iphone in the past home button too?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TylerL Avatar
112 months ago
I can reduce the thickness of my iPhone 4 to that of the iPhone 5 by simply removing the back panel :/
There's barely any structure added by the back panel in the first place. I'm sure the iPhone 5 has Something Neat about its new construction, but the difference in thickness doesn't really seem all that impressive.

Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macboy Pro Avatar
112 months ago
Its thinner, but I still don't understand the 4" tall screen.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reaktor5 Avatar
112 months ago
The last few months have been one giant christmas eve night of finding your presents early.

I hope Apple still has a few hidden presents in iOS so the surprise isn't completely ruined.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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