Homemade IPhone Guesses at Real Thing

An Apple fanatic, likely tired of waiting for the iPhone 5, has crafted his own version of the device, a striking model for the public to ponder as they wait for the real thing.

Ben Miller gathered all the known hardware components, case leaks, and assorted materials to build his own prototype, based on rumors and reports. Made out of aluminum, just like the iPad, the model echoes the original smartphone’s “teardrop” design, is lighter and thinner than the iPhone 4 and it has a larger 4-inch glass display.

The best-guess mock-up is inoperable, but may cause many to consider the design possibilities included in the official iPhone 5, set to launch on October 4.

The launch will differ from previous unveilings in that new CEO Tim Cook is expected to take center stage at the public announcement, heading Apple’s new leadership team. And, according to the invitation, the event will take place at the company’s own Town Hall Auditorium, instead of the Moscone Center, site of previous iPhone launches.

Some are betting on another Apple departure this time around, suggesting the Cupertino, Calif.-based company will debut two devices, one that looks like the iPhone 4 called the iPhone 4S, and another with a completely different design and better hardware called the iPhone 5.

Consensus grows over the iPhone 5′s features, including an A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video capture, possibly a slimmer design, and a larger screen. The latter two are suggested in Miller’s model.

Apple has succeeded so far in keeping everything about its next handset, with the exception of its unveiling date and time, secret. In lieu of concrete details, many are dreaming about the possibilities, and Miller’s creation is exactly the kind of stuff these dreams are making.

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