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iPhone 5 front panel snapped again, shows off screen

Yet more photos have surfaced of the next iPhone's front panel, once more tipping a taller mobile with a 4-inch screen.

Leaked photos of the iPhone 5's front panel have appeared once more, adding to the stack of evidence that suggests a taller frame and a 4-inch display for Apple's next blower.

These latest snaps come courtesy of uBreakiFix, Macrumours reports. They show the front of a curiously tall mobile, and -- unlike some previous illicit snaps -- also show the screen. It's not switched on though, because as you can see, it's not plugged into anything.

There's no clue as to where exactly the snaps came from, beyond the rumours that the images are via one of uBreakiFix's distributors. I spotted a Chinese World of Warcraft logo in the background of this close-up snap (see Mum, I told you it would come in useful), suggesting that the shots could be from China, which wouldn't be surprising as that's where Apple kit is manufactured.

The thinking behind the taller baton-shaped device is that by making the screen taller but not wider, a 16:9 aspect ratio will be achieved, so that when you spin the iPhone 5 on its side you can watch movies without any annoying black bars ruining your viewing experience.

Crafty. A longer screen could also give you room for an extra row of icons on the homescreen, which I think you'll agree is not actually very exciting.

A smaller dock connector is also tipped, as is a bigger battery, while other bits of leaked frame suggest that the headphone socket will be moved to the bottom of the phone, and a cartoon roadkill-esque stripe will be plastered over the phone's rear.

Combine that with pictures of what will supposedly be the new iPhone's internal gubbins, and in theory at least there's not much we don't know about Apple's next smart phone. Apple could still surprise us with a quirky new design, or by revealing the mythical iPad mini alongside its new blower.

The iPhone 5 is rumoured to be revealed on 12 September, so we may not have long to wait before we know for sure. The question at the forefront of my mind is -- assuming all these leaks are accurate -- would you rather own an iPhone 5 or a Samsung Galaxy S3? Pop your answers in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

Image credit: uBreakiFix

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