In what is by far the strangest story of the week, the Chinese website Chinaontrade.com has apparently begun selling spare parts used in the production of the upcoming iPhone. Pictured below is an iPhone frame along with an iPhone LCD scree. But before you take a look, iLounge has an interesting analysis as to what info we can gleam from the photos.
Notably, the bezels appear to show a repositioned and redesigned ear speaker, now significantly higher above the display than the present speaker, and ringed with metal, a change that may make room for additional front-mounted sensor or camera hardware. Also changed is the bezel’s color, which has shifted from the prior silver in all iPhone and iPhone 3G models to a nearly black metallic color reminiscent of the backs of later fifth-generation iPod U2 Special Edition models. In the photos, the bezel now stops short of ringing the entire iPhone face, ending at roughly the edge of the LCD screen.