Some rather interesting news has made its way online this afternoon. According to RepairLabs, a lot of the iPhone 5′s front panel and digitizer assembly bears a great deal of resemblance to the iPhone 3GS’ internal design. The layout of the brackets in particular “suggest that it will be sitting into a housing, similar to a 3GS, but more updated and modern.”
The site states:
“…it looks like it has a plastic 3GS-type midframe running around the digitizer and glass LCD assembly, we notice a striking similarity to a 3GS, with the bottom screws and brackets. We think it’s going to pull open from the front.”
Although the new design has the new dock connector, its bottom screw brackets are very similar to those on the iPhone 3GS. The most probable explanation is that with the iPhone 4 having opted for a chassis design that included the antenna as part of the external frame, changes had to be made on the inside. With the next iPhone purportedly having its antenna on the back aluminum panel, that is set to change all in the internal brackets and fixings.