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Here comes the next iPhone: Leaked photos reveal new details as production kicks off

New images of the next-generation iPhone’s face plate reveal a previously unknown design change as production of the new Apple smartphone reportedly kicks off. Apple blog Apple.Pro on Sunday published new images of what it claims to be the front plate from Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 5,” as it calls the device. The images show a taller design that aligns well with rumors of a new 4-inch display, and it appears as though the device’s front-facing camera has been moved from the left side of the ear speaker to above the speaker at the center of the phone. Just one day earlier, Japanese blog Macotakara cited unnamed sources in reporting that mass production of the “iPhone 5” had begun. The site had previously reported that third-generation iPad production began in January of this year, suggesting that Apple’s next iPhone could launch some time in September if the two devices require similar lead time.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.