A new picture showing the touch panel of the upcoming iPhone 5 touch panel just hit the blogosphere. The picture was found on a China-based Apple parts reseller website, and appears to be legitimate. Unless the picture proves to be a fake, the new touch panel looks very similar to the one found on previous generation iPhones, with one major difference: the size of the iPhone screen cutout is clearly larger, in order to accommodate the upcoming device’s display, an alleged oversized 4-inch screen specifically designed for the new phone. Interestingly enough, the touch panel features an incredibly thin bezel, specifically built to allow the iPhone 5 to offer an ‘edge-to-edge’ display, a new form-factor expected to be introduced with the iPhone 5. The form factor will allow Apple engineers to include a larger screen into the iPhone 5, without having to increase the size of the device.
Besides its new screen, the iPhone 5 is expected to sport a slew of additional improvements over its predecessors. The device will come with a new dual-core processor, dubbed A5, based on the ARM Cortex A9 design. The phone will also come with a new wireless chip from Qualcomm, allowing the device to be compatible with both at&t and Verizon.