The iPhone 5 rumor mill continues to grind, this time however, things look a lot more promising.
Recently spotted by 9to5Mac, a Youtube video has surfaced from ETrade, giving a highly detailed comparison of the iPhone 4S and “iPhone 5″ front panels. (Spoiler: It’s unscratchable).
9to5Mac have posted some interesting images giving us a comprehensive comparison in stills.
This first one shows that the width of the two panels is exactly the same, however the “iPhone 5″ comes in a good deal taller than the 4S, with a corner-to-corner size of 4.065″. Now, this does appear to conflict with the rumor we brought you earlier in the day, a reported server log of the “iPhone 5,2″, which we believe was the name given to the 3.999″ variant of the next iPhone.
As you can see from the above picture, the bezel at the top and bottom of the screen has been trimmed 2.6mm shorter at the top and bottom around the home button and the FaceTime Camera/Proximity Sensor/ Speaker
Some more conformity now, as the panel in question weighs in at 0.1 mm thinner than its predecessor. It is widely believed the next iPhone will be slightly thinner, because the touch sensors will be embedded in the liquid crystal display, saving space in the next device.
From these shots you can also see that the arrangement of the upper bezel has been altered slightly, with the Camera hole now above the receiver hole, replacing the light sensor whole, which now sits next to the receiver.
After some tedious measuring, the video gets rather juicy, as our man in the know proceeds to scratch both panels excessively and then compare the two. It’s very hard to tell in the light of the video, but the general consensus appears to be that the iPhone 5 panel does not scratch, even after the horrendous beating it takes in the video.
What do you think? The find seems plausible, so are we looking at the front of the next iPhone? Leave your comments below!