New iPhone N94 front panel emerges with iPhone 4-like looks, iPhone 5 rumored to feature metal body

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: August 29, 2011

iPhone N94 front panel

Ready for another dose of upcoming iPhone rumor fun? Good, because today we've got a double whammy for you all. First up we've got a front panel for a prototype iPhone carrying the identifier N94 and a stamp that says "EVT1," which stands for Engineering Verification Test 1. The part includes a digitizer panel and LCD and is extremely similar to the face of the iPhone 4. Whether or not this panel is meant for the iPhone 5 or the cheaper iPhone 4S isn't known for sure. If those reports of a redesigned iPhone 5 hold true, though, we're likely looking at an iPhone 4S part.

Speaking of the iPhone 5, Digitimes has chimed in with its own report on what it believes the new smartphone will look like. The site makes no mention of a redesigned body, claiming instead that the iPhone 5 "will not have many differences compared to iPhone 4 in terms of components." What it believes will change, though, is the new iPhone's backside, which the site's sources allege will be made of metal rather than glass like the current iPhone. Digitimes also shoots down the rumors of the iPhone 5 featuring a 4.2-inch display (I don't remember such a rumor existing), claiming that Apple's new handset will instead feature a 3.5 or 3.7-inch screen with a thinner bezel.

So what will the iPhone 5 really end up looking like? I'm not so sure anyone except some trusted Apple employees (like new CEO Tim Cook) know for sure. As I said before, there have been several reports claiming that the new iPhone will feature a redesigned body with a tapered backside. There's been no parts leaks to support those redesign claims, though, just these cases that may end up being inaccurate.

We'll likely know for sure what the iPhone 5 looks like in a month or so, but until then your guess is probably as good as anyone's. So what do you think? Will the iPhone 5 have a new tapered rear? Will it look like the iPhone 4 but with a metal body? Perhaps it'll feature even more glass than the iPhone 4, making us think twice about coming into contact with the phone out of fear that we'll drop it and cause it to shatter into a million bits? Go ahead and drop your opinion in the comments below.

Via MacRumors, MacPost, Today's iPhone, Digitimes

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