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ETrade Supply claims it has the rear shell of the upcoming iPhone 5S

The world was finally graced with the iPhone 5's presence in September of this year after a long wait (remember when we all thought the iPhone 4S was actually going to be the 5 in 2011? Oops). Only three months after the 5's release, rumored photos of the iPhone 5S are already starting to circulate. 

ETrade Supply, a parts firm, has released many photos of what it believes to be the shell of the iPhone 5S. More specifically, it looks to be the rear shell, and it shows a few minor differences between the 5 and the future 5S. 

One difference includes the placement of the logic board screw holes, which is slightly different from the pattern in the current iPhone 5. ETrade Supply also offered a few other differences, which are highlighted in blue, yellow, purple and red below. 

While it's unclear where these photos came from, the rear housing appears to be genuine with the normal regulatory identifiers, IMEI, etc. But one possible theory is that it's an old, discarded iPhone 5 design. 

Source: ETrade Supply

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RE: Yawn!
By dgingerich on 12/5/2012 8:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
If they can figure out how to cheaply produce a triangular or round screen, or even a rectangle with rounded corners on a screen, I'll be impressed. That would be actual innovation. (I don't mean making a rectangular screen and blocking off parts of it, I mean a real screen that is a different shape than a rectangle.) The fact of the matter is that a rectangle is the cheapest, and currently only, way to produce a LCD or OLED screen. Any other angles make it impossible to control properly, and it would have to have a graphics controller that could handle the logic of a different shape. Most people don't seem to understand that.

RE: Yawn!
By inighthawki on 12/5/2012 9:19:29 PM , Rating: 3
It's doable, but isn't for the reason that it's a stupid idea. Why would you want to purposely reduce screen real-estate, especially when, as your post mentions, you can simulate it by covering up a bunch of the screen and only backlighting the portion you want seen.

RE: Yawn!
By micksh on 12/5/2012 10:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
Motorola Aura had round screen (retina, BTW, 309ppi). It wasn't cheap though, perhaps because of of mechanical build quality.

RE: Yawn!
By dgingerich on 12/6/2012 9:05:49 AM , Rating: 2
ok, I had never seen that before. The engineering behind something like that would be tremendously difficult. That is actually innovative. I am sufficiently impressed.

RE: Yawn!
By nedsand on 12/6/2012 10:13:47 AM , Rating: 2
Holly ******* batman that's an expensive phone.

RE: Yawn!
By nafhan on 12/6/2012 9:54:27 AM , Rating: 1
A triangle screen would be cheap and easy to produce: take a rectangle screen and cut it in half diagonally. There would be little to no waste and could likely be done with existing equipment. IMO, these aren't common simply because no one wants one.

A truly Round screen = throwing away the corners and much more difficult cuts among other things. That would probably be quite a bit more expensive.

Both of these shapes would be inferior for general usability and content consumption, and so are kind of pointless (the round one is especially "pointless" haha!).

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