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iPhone 5 Engineering Sample Unveils Redesigned Case

And here we are, with yet another leak of the iPhone 5, this time pictured as an engineering sample, straight from China. The new device is slightly taller, a bit thinner and about the same width as the current iPhone. A trusted source form the Apple supply chain sent the images of the metal iPhone 5 design sample.

It’s merely a black of metal that is still useful to reveal the size of the handset, the placement of the antenna and ports, plus some other design aspects. The iPhone 5 is the first major iPhone design change since the iPhone 4 back in 2010. The new smartphone will follow the iPhone 4S general design language, but the major change will be the larger display, taller case and smaller bezel. However, this won’t get a giant phone like the Galaxy S III, but rather a 4+ inch unit, maybe even smaller than 4.3 inches.

The rear camera is still at the back top left back of the phone and the camera lens cutout seems to be about the same size as the one on the iPhone 4S. Also in the mix there’s a rear facing microphone set between the camera and flash. This mic will be used for video recording and noise reduction, that will improve call quality. The iPhone 5 is rumored to come with a metal back and while this fully metal engineering sample doesn’t quite detail that, it shows two different sections of the back, most likely made from different materials.

So, are you excited about the iPhone 5?