ETradeSupply has posted a detailed comparison of the purported front panel for the ‘iPhone 5′ and the front panel for the current generation iPhone.
Looking at the display area the iPhone 5 glass front is 90.25mm long, 51.60mm wide, while the iPhone 4S is 76.65mm and 51.60mm. This enlarges the display area from 3.61 inches to 4.065 inches.
The iPhone 5 glass front is 0.1mm thinner than the iPhone 4S and has a higher transmittance. The camera hole is slightly smaller and has moved to the top center above the earpiece. In addition, the light sensor has moved to the left of the earpiece and is much smaller.
Finally, the home button has a diameter that is 0.3mm less than that of the iPhone 4S and the area around the button has been narrowed.
Boost Mobile will reportedly join pre-paid carrier Cricket Wireless and offer the iPhone starting in September, according to Techno Buffalo.
Cricket Wireless turned a few heads when it announced that it will be the first prepaid carrier in the U.S. to offer the iPhone. However, America’s seventh largest wireless carrier will soon be joined by Boost Mobile, as a trusted source has advised that the prepaid carrier will introduce both the iPhone 4 and 4S in early September. It remains uncertain if the Sprint-powered MVNO will offer its popular $50 Month Unlimited plan with Shrinkage, which includes unlimited talk, text and web, which also rewards customers who pay their bill on time by reducing their monthly bill by $5 down to as low as $35 per month.
HTC reported a 70% drop in net profit to T$4.464 billion ($151.5 million) in the first quarter of 2012, reports Reuters.
Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou says better times are ahead but he does not think the company will be able to return to the time where 50% of its profit came from the U.S.
“A major challenge we faced last year was the big drop in sales in the U.S. because of competition from the iPhone 4S,” Chou told an analysts’ briefing on Tuesday on the company’s first-quarter results released earlier in the month. He did not elaborate.
The company is hoping the HTC One smartphone will help it get back on track.
“I feel that HTC is being reborn this year, in terms of product strategy and execution of global sales and marketing. We are a new HTC; HTC One will help us to reach this goal,” said Chou.
Demand for the iPhone 4S is still growing, according to a March survey conducted by ChangeWave Research.
Fortune notes that “Despite growing competition and rumors that the company may be releasing a new model next fall, 56% of the respondents who plan to buy a smartphone in the next three months plan to buy an iPhone — up 2 percentage points from the last survey, taken at the height of the holiday shopping season.”
ChangeWave research director Paul Carton notes that 56% is the second highest percentage his firm has ever recorded, second only to a survey taken just before the launch of the iPhone 4S.
CNET has published a series of comparison photos taken with the iPhone 4S and the new Nokia Lumia 900.