Numerous iPhone 5 mockups have surfaced ranging from teardrop designs with edge to edge screens to simple upgrades retaining most of the iPhone 4 design elements. However, all of them have shared one common characteristic: they’re digital mockups.
German site Giga.de one-upped them all and produced a physical mockup of what they think the iPhone 5 will look like. The design—based on iPhone 5 case leaks that have surfaced over the past few months—has a teardrop design, larger home button and larger screen. However, it’s merely a soulless shell. The mockup has none of the necessary components inside to create an actual cellular device.
The production of the mockup shames 3D renders and Photoshop by employing the same process that is used to create the iPad.
The back was machined from a sold block of aluminium, which was later treated with glass pearls to get the same slightly rough touch that we already know from the iPad. — Giga.de
Measuring 5.33mm at its thinnest point and 6.86mm at its thickest the device looks incredibly thin. Stacked up against the iPhone 4 it looks svelte, and next to the 3GS it looks anorexic.
Giga’s physical mockup is a testament to how far the Apple hysteria has gone. All other designers have to step their prototype predictions up from now on. Or go about business as usual in the name of sanity and produce 3D renders.