iPhone 5 to be markedly thinner than the iPhone 4S, photos reveal

As is typically the case before a major Apple product announcement, the rumors and leaks are flying with exciting frequency. Recently, photos have emerged which showcase just how thin the iPhone 5 is likely to be.

With the iPhone 5 unveiling just days away, word has it that Apple has already begun making preparations at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for the highly anticipated event. And as is typically the case before a major Apple product announcement, the rumors and leaks are flying with exciting frequency.

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A look at the evolution of the iPhone

Now, it's all but a foregone conclusion that the iPhone 5 will sport a longer and thinner form factor than the iPhone 4S. But a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say, and to that end, the mobile repair firm iResQ has apparently gotten their hands on a partially assembled iPhone 5 (some notable internals are missing). But still, the photos really drive home just how much thinner the iPhone 5 will be.

Below is a view of the iPhone 4S laid up against an iPhone 5.

So it looks slightly thinner in the photo here. Also, note the new speaker grille design and the new location for the headphone jack, soon to be positioned on the bottom of the device - something iPod Touch owners have been accustomed to for quite some time now.

(A look back at the first iPhone debut day.)

But this photo really showcases just how much thinner the new iPhone 5 will likely be.

Incredibly, the iPhone 5 design - if indeed this photo turns out to be accurate - makes the iPhone 4S design look rather bulky. The thickness of the iPhone 4S checks in at 9.3mm, and some scattered reports have suggested the iPhone 5 will have a thickness of only 7.6mm.

You might have also noted from the photo above, if you haven't yet heard the report, that the iPhone 5 will usher in a new and noticeably smaller dock connector. To this end, Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge - who is amazingly spot-on when it comes to Apple rumors - wrote earlier this week that Apple will be the only company providing a dock connector that will enable the iPhone 5 to work with older accessories. Horwitz goes on to note that the Dock Connector Adapter will be available for $10, or $29 for a pack of three.

One source notes that Apple will reap a windfall by limiting competition in this manner, generating revenues of $100 million for every 10 million Dock Connector Adapters it sells for $10. According to the source, Apple estimates that it will sell the first 10 million Adapters by the end of 2012.

$100 million isn't anything to sneeze at, but with Apple now holding over $117 billion in cash holdings, that's like spending money for them.

And finally, take a look at the iPhone 5 in side-profile put together by iColorOS standing next to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

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