New images of (alleged) iPhone 5 with metal back, smaller dock connector and centered FaceTime camera

After seeing numerous mockups of what the iPhone 5 might look like, 9to5mac has today posted some high quality images of what supposedly will be the next generation iPhone. Shown in both black and white, the back panel is said to be made from metal, which is in line with a report previously posted by iLounge. Other noticeable changes include the earphone jack being moved to the bottom left corner of the device, a redesigned speaker grill, a new and much smaller dock connector, and a new opening between the camera lens and LED flash.

From the front, the camera used for FaceTime has been relocated from the side of the earpiece to directly above it. 9to5mac’s sources have indicated that these frames for the iPhone 5 have the similar width as the iPhone 4/4s, though they’re taller. It’s been rumoured that the next gen iPhone’s screen will be just under 4″, and have Retina resolution of 640 x 1136.

It’s not known whether these images are indeed of the final design of the iPhone 5, or simply one of the few prototypes that Apple has be testing out. Engadget has also posted shots of a very similar iPhone, with a markedly longer body, and aforementioned component tweaks.

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