Oh boy. Germans made an actual iPhone 5 prototype based on the rumored tapered design.
iPhone 5 images and renders are common. Benm.at, part of the Giga.de network took things a lot further. They developed a physical iPhone 5 prototype. Benm.at says that the iPhone 5 prototype is based on CAD designs, hardware components, several leaked hints, cases and recent, believable mockups we created a three-dimensional computer model. This virtual model was then used to build a very detailed, true prototype that you can hold in your own two hands.
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The process to create this prototype is the same that’s used to create the iPad. The back was machined from a sold block of aluminum, which was later treated with glass pearls to get the same slightly rough touch that we already know from the iPad.
This iPhone 5 mockup looks amazing. It will be very disappointing if Apple actually sticks to the iPhone 4 design. Right now we really only have a lot of evidence for an iPhone 4S and not really for the iPhone 5. The origin of the tapered design lies back in Spring of this year.
You can watch a video demonstrating the iPhone 5 mockup below (english subtitles).
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