It's getting to be the time of year when new iPhone rumors are flying with abandon, and grains of salt are needed by the ton. But when industrious repair shop iLab takes a mess of purported new iPhone parts and assembles them into one very convincing device, it's worth paying attention.
Is this what Apple's new iPhone will look like when it's finally released this fall? Impossible to say. But it sure lines up with everything else we've heard. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that it looks absolutely gorgeous.
The pics were unearthed by 9to5Mac, which points out that many of these parts have been floating around separately for several months now. But this particular Voltron seems to be the most complete look we've seen, and matches up exactly with a rumored iPhone 5 video that popped up recently from a different Apple parts supplier.
All the rumored changes are present here: the stretched out display, the unibody design, the two-tone color scheme, the 19-pin connector. The back panel's missing much of the signage that you'd find on an iPhone, but that would make sense if this were just a reference part. And given that there's a decent chance that at least one iPhone has already been smuggled out of Foxconn, it follows logically that parts would be making the rounds as well.
More exterior shots and components can be found over at iLab. Again, this may or may not turn out to be what Apple's next iPhone looks like; we won't know for sure until the fall. But that doesn't mean we can't hope just a little that it ends up this appealing. [iLab via 9to5Mac]