A new report by 9to5Mac notes that folks at popular iPhone repair firm iFixyouri, have got their hands on a purported iPhone 5 rear shell along with its sides. The source believes it could either be a part from the next generation iPhone or from one of its prototypes, and is made of an aluminum alloy with an integrated rear panel and sides for the device. Report also claims that the Chinese iPhone repair firm is actually a reliable supplier and has listed these parts for sale.
According to the souce:
“From what we can see, the part does follow a lot of the rumors and speculation. For instance, you can see the smaller dock connector at the bottom and it appears thinner overall. We are told the extra space on the bottom is used by Apple to enhance the speakers that will be louder and of a higher quality than the current iPhone. The supplier said the back plate is just one piece anchored by an aluminium alloy (not liquidmetal).”
The “iPhone” font on the shell appears to be somewhat suspicious, seemingly of a lighter stroke and/or looser spacing between the letters. But otherwise the part appears identical to the previously-posted part, which seems to carry a more typical “iPhone” typeface.
Suppliers are also claiming that the part has been seen in two other unspecified colors, although it is unclear whether those would make it to final production.
Update 1: 9to5Mac posts a couple more images of the purported iPhone 5 metal backs in both black and white. The photos once again show the smaller dock connector and the headphone jack moved to the bottom right corner: