Apple iPhone 5 blueprint gives in-depth look at smartphone’s construction

Apple iphone 5 blueprint
apple september 12 announements

The iPhone 5 is making its way onto store shelves on September 21, and aside from the hands-on preview given at last week’s event, mere mortals will not be able to take a closer look until then. However, Apple does provide third-party manufacturers with a valuable asset to help them get a jump on producing cases and other accessories: a detailed blueprint. Apple’s developer site posted the plans recently, providing curious iPhone 5 devotees with an in-depth look at what they’ll have in hand next week.

You can read every detail and measurement that Apple provides for developers interested in creating cases or external attachments to the phone. Interestingly, Apple explicitly states that metal should not cover the metallic areas at both the top and bottom of the phone. The blueprint reads, “NO METAL CONTACT WITH iPhone 5 METAL.” The majority of iPhone cases are built in a plastic, but you likely won’t be seeing too many metallic cases unless they’re insulated in some way.

Apple has already sold out of its launch stock of the new  iPhones just one hour after the site made pre-orders of the iPhone 5 available on September 14, and you’ll have to wait for another two weeks until the next shipment becomes available for order. For the brave few, the iPhone 5 will be made available at Apple stores next Friday. Carriers including Verizon and AT&T have also sold out of their pre-orders, while Sprint has its 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 models available. See our in-depth guide to finding an iPhone 5 for more details.

According to Brian White of Topeka Capital, the iPhone 5 is expected to sell at least 5.5 million units during the first weekend, besting the opening weekend of the iPhone 4S, which sold 3 million units.

Product Review

The Black Shark gaming phone takes a big bite out of your free time, but the software sinks it

The world is being treated to an ever-increasing number of high-powered gaming phones. With so many great options already out, is there room for another? The Black Shark thinks so. But is it any good? We find out.
Home Theater

Common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Mobile

Apple's iOS 12.1.1 makes it easier to switch cameras in FaceTime

After months of betas, the final version of iOS 12 is here to download. The latest OS comes along with tons of new capabilities, from grouped notifications to Siri Shortcuts. Here are all the features you'll find in iOS 12.
Mobile

On a budget? We found the best affordable smartphones you can buy

Here are the best cheap phones for anyone working with a tight budget, whether you're a fan of stock Android or marathon battery life. Find out what you can get for under $500 or far, far less as we round up the best budget smartphones.
Mobile

Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

Apple has announced a series of expansions across the U.S. -- including a massive expansion to the company's Austin campus that will see it spending $1 billion to accommodate for up to 15,000 new employees.
Computing

Style up your MacBook Air with one of these great cases or sleeves

Whether you’re looking for added protection or a stylish flourish, you’re in the right place for the best MacBook Air cases. We have form-hugging cases, luxurious covers and padded sleeves priced from $7 to $130. Happy shopping!
Mobile

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.
Mobile

Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

Vitaminwater is willing to part with $100,000 if you're willing to part with your smartphone partner for a year. Could you last for a year armed with only a 1996-era phone? Here's your chance to find out.
Deals

The best Apple Watch deals for December 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Deals

The best MacBook deals for December 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Deals

The best iPhone deals for December 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for December 2018.
Deals

The best iPad deals for December 2018

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.
Computing

How to connect AirPods to your MacBook

If you have new AirPods, you may be looking forward to pairing them with your MacBook. Our guide will show you exactly how to connect AirPods to MacBook, what to do if they are already paired with a device, and more.
Mobile

How to switch from iPhone to Android: The ultimate guide

If you've decided to bridge the great tech divide and leave Apple's walled garden for the unknown shores of Android, then you'll find all the tips and advice you need to begin switching from an iPhone to an Android device.