It seems that the next generation handset from Apple is the brand’s worst kept secret. In recent times, there has been a barrage of leaked parts from the back panel to the home button. As per a report by BGR, it appears that another component of the handset has leaked and this time it is the front panel of the iPhone 5.

As per a post on BGR, has reportedly sent the tech website images of parts of the next iPhone and the picture that is grabbing the most attention is the one which shows off the front panel. The report states, “Apple’s (AAPL) sixth-generation iPhone is just weeks away from become a reality and while the world waits to see how the handset will shape up in its final assembled form, bits and pieces continue to leak. We’ve seen the housing, we’ve seen the guts, we’ve seen the glass, and now sent BGR images of what it claims to be the next iPhone’s final front assembly.”

Front panel surfaces once more

Front panel surfaces once more

The website has also listed out a range of features that are expected to feature in the upcoming iPhone and states that the handset measures a mere 7.6mm at its thinnest and will boast features such as 4G LTE and NFC.

The amount of leaks regarding the upcoming iPhone is very unconventional, especially since the brand is widely known for its secrecy prior to announcements. The leak of this handset is so vast that an online electronics store has even assembled an iPhone 5 based on the leaked components, giving the world a preview of what the handset will look like once it is launched.

Apple does need to refresh the design of the handset, especially since it maintained a similar design with the current generation iPhone 4S. The major changes found in the iPhone 4S were the bumped up internal specifications, leaving the outer casing virtually untouched.

There have been many rumours surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone. One of the most highly speculated changes on the upcoming device is the dock connector. The major reason why it is getting a significant amount of attention is that this will be the first time Apple will use a new type of connector on an iOS device since unveiling the 30-pin connector when it launched the iPod. Though there has been a lot of talk about the connector, there have been no images to support the claim that it will indeed be an 8-pin connector. This appears to have changed according to an earlier report. A French website had posted images of what appears to be the new connector of the cable that will charge the upcoming iOS devices.

There has been a lot of speculation regarding the number of pins that will feature on the new dock connector and though the images show the connector to feature 8-pins, the website has been informed that it is indeed a 9-pin configuration as the metal frame counts as a grounding pin.

The new connector will feature other design innovations and will potentially include the ability to connect with docks or cables in either orientation, much like the case with the MagSafe power connector found on Apple’s Mac range of laptops.

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