A new leak from China related to the iPhone 5 shows a hardware component that was never a stand-alone part of older generation iPhones. The site iColorOS (that currently goes to a splash page for ‘Lion Server’) has posted pictures of several unassembled hardware components that have been previously mentioned and reported on by various sources. However, one amongst them is brand new and this is a large black sheet of metal.
The protective display backing is shown on the bottom left.
This sheet of metal is purportedly a shield for the back of the precious 4-inch screen. This hardware is referred to as new because although the iPhone 4 and 4S had similar parts they formed a part of the entire chassis. However, the one shown for the iPhone 5 is a separate, stand-alone component.
Even with all the rumors in recent months, the iPhone 5’s internal design still remains a mystery. Hence, it cannot be said for sure what function the sheet of metal will perform. It could simply separate the next-generation iPhone’s screen from hot components or it could act as an EMI shield.
This leak follows closely a leak showing a finalized form of the nano-SIM card tray and rumors claiming that the sixth generation iPhone 5 will be 18% thinner than the current flagship device, the iPhone 4S. These are all just rumors yet, and we will find out for sure only when the iPhone is released, perhaps only after over a month now. The highly anticipated device is expected to be announced on the 12th of September.