Rumors surrounding the fifth-generation iPhone are already starting to fly and it’s not even expected to be released until sometime next month. SW-Box
, who specializes in replacement parts for the iPhone and other electronic devices, claims to have obtained a genuine iPhone 5 component.
The part they claim to have is a proximity light sensor flex cable. If you’re wondering what this does exactly, according to SW-Box, “It's the part responsible for making the screen go dark when you bring your face up to your phone to talk. When this part fails, the screen doesn't fade out and you end up pressing numbers with your cheek also called "cheek dialing."
The site also claims the component is “Micro-architectured to stand the tests of time and heat, this flex cable is evidence of solid engineering: dynamic light sensing diodes and high flow terminals allow it to properly pick up proximity for fully featured functionality at a surprisingly low cost.”
Apparently, the factory where these parts are being manufactured is only “a stone's throw from our offices.” The factory in question, is most likely the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China. Because of the size of this component, it’s not hard to imagine someone sneaking it out and selling in to someone down the road.
If this part turns out to be the genuine article, then it differs from the proximity light sensor used in the current iPhone 4 (GSM model). The proximity light sensor on the iPhone 4 contains the power button, noise cancelling mic and the proximity and ambient light sensors. This new part lacks a mic, which indicates the next iPhone model will have an interior design significantly different from the current model.
No one can seem to agree on exactly when the iPhone 5 will launch, some say September, but others insist that it won’t arrive until early October. My money is on a September release. It seems likely that it will be part of the Special Event that Apple holds every year to unveil the latest iPod models.
We recently reported
that wireless carriers are currently secretly testing the iPhone 5. This indicates that the launch date could be rapidly approaching. We’ll know more in the coming weeks.