Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 10:09 am PT (01:09 pm ET)
Parts show alleged next-gen iPhone cameras, 4.1" iPod touch front panelNew parts claimed to be from unreleased Apple products purport to show a front panel for an iPod touch with a 4.1-inch screen, as well as new iPhone cameras.
Pictures of the components were published on Tuesday by MacRumors, with the most noteworthy among them the new, larger iPod touch front panel. The alleged part shows a design similar to the current iPod touch, but with a taller screen that would fit in with recent rumors that Apple is purchasing screens sized at least 4 inches for its next iPhone.
The iPhone and iPod touch currently have identical sized 3.5-inch Retina displays. The size of the iPhone and iPod touch displays has remained the same since the first iPhone launched in 2007.
Aside from the taller display, the purported iPod touch component still has space for a home button on the bottom, and a centered forward-facing camera on top of the screen.
Also included in the new pictures are claimed front and rear cameras for Apple's next-generation iPhone. The rear camera looks largely similar to previous iPhone cameras, however the pictured component does not feature a connected LED flash.
The forward-facing camera pictured has a design that is a greater departure from the current iPhone 4S and previous iPhone 4. Also included among the parts is an alleged iPhone home button flex cable, that also suggests an internal redesign.
Tuesday's leak is the latest claiming to show parts from Apple's next-generation iPhone. Earlier this month, components said to be from the headphone jack and earpiece for Apple's sixth-generation handset surfaced online, suggesting the internal components would see a significant redesign from the current iPhone 4S.
Also pictured earlier in May was a SIM tray claimed to be from Apple's next iPhone. That component sported subtle differences when compared to the SIM tray design found in the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.
And in April, pictures of a new home button claimed to be for Apple's next iPhone surfaced online. That part suggested the next iPhone's home button will look largely the same as it always had, but also gave an indication that the part will be redesigned internally.
In March it was said that Apple was reviewing potential components for the new iPhone, which is expected to be released this fall, one year after the iPhone 4S. Rumors have suggested the new device will feature a redesigned exterior that will be a significant departure from the form factor of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.
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