iPhone 5 Bezel Leaked: More Evidence of Larger Screen?

iDealsChina has revealed an image they claim is China's first iPhone 5 photo. Seen below, the part is wrapped in plastic and looks to have a familiar iPhone screen profile. 9to5 Mac explains the part may be a digitizer panel for the next generation Apple iPhone.

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The black bezel on the part is noticeably thinner on all sides, matching previous reports from DigiTimes and others claiming that Apple is developing a 4-inch screen for the iPhone 5. A larger Retina display would compete with a variety of Android devices that already offer 4-inch screens.

Although it's difficult to judge from only one photo, if this part is real the iPhone 5 screen would cover the entire width of the device. Rumors of an iPhone nano have recently been debunked, however the screen was described as "edge-to-edge" on the smaller model. It seems Apple is planning to offer an edge-to-edge screen for a normal-sized iPhone 5.

Apple is said to be completely redesigning the iPhone 5. Besides a possible larger screen, the device will include a next generation A5 processor and is likely to include a hybrid GSM/CDMA modem. This baseband is already installed in the Verizon iPhone 4 and would make it possible for one iPhone 5 model to operate on AT&T or Verizon networks. Currently the Verizon iPhone 4 will only operate with the carrier's CDMA technology.

Unfortunately for iPhone fans, it looks like Apple might delay the iPhone 5 launch until September. Design changes and limited supplies of key components could be at fault, as well as a delayed iPad 2 launch. More leaks are bound to appear in the coming months surrounding Apple's next smartphone. Should a 4-inch screen be in the works, it would certainly be a major upgrade for the next iPhone.