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LEAKED! iPhone 5 pics show new design

gadgets Updated: May 31, 2012 11:45 IST

As the tech world regularly speculates on the upcoming Apple iPhone, two tech blogs have released pictures that they claim shows off the upcoming iPhone.

The leaked images show that the next iPhone will retain the physical home button and will have a metal back with a smaller dock connector.

The photos also suggest that the next-generation iPhone will have the same width, but has a taller screen.

Tech blog 9to5Mac writes, "From a production standpoint, it appears that the metal antenna band is molded into the metal backplates. We assume this is Apple's way of creating a unibody enclosure for mobile devices. Apple introduced unibody notebooks in late 2008, and the purpose of the unibody is to allow Apple to produce thinner and lighter, yet stronger, devices. Now that most of the phone's external elements are one piece, Apple is likely able to squeeze more into the iPhone internally. Apple needs all the space they can get with their plans of producing LTE smartphones with proper battery life."

Amidst a swirl of rumours about Apple's next iPhone, these images have kick-started debates in the tech world if Apple CEO Tim Cook is planning to release just an update to iPhone 4S or showcase some new features in the upcoming iPhone.