There are three things guaranteed to happen with a new iPhone release: people will pre-order it, it will sell even more units than its predecessor did, and supposed parts will leak out just before it is announced. All three happen each and every time, and so far, the iPhone 5 is true to that system.

We’ve already seen some supposed iPhone 5 replacement parts appear, and now a Chinese parts web site claims to be selling the handset’s home button flex cable…

As is always the case with these parts leaks, you’ll be wanting to have a fair-sized pinch of salt handy before paying this one too much attention. It’s always possible that a simple typo is responsible for the entire internet getting its collective knickers in a twist, but it is worth pointing out that the site does make multiple mentions of the iPhone in the product description.

“Phone 5 Home Button Flex Cable Ribbon Circuit Repair Part Original

  • High quality and original home button flex cable for iPhone 5, not include home button
  • It is used to replace your broken, damaged, cracked or unusable home button flex cable
  • If the home button for your iPhone 5 is working only intermittently or not at all, this repair part will solve the problem
  • Each item has been tested and in good condition before shipping
  • This is not an easy job for someone who has no technical skills with Disassembling or Assembling Cellphones/mobile phones, so only purchase this item if you know how to install it
  • Highly recommend professional installation. We will not be held responsible for any damages to your cellphone/mobile phone that you may cause during the changing of replacement parts
  • Note: The tip of iPhone 5 home button flex cable has a little difference from that of iPhone 4, see the picture shows

Compatible with:

  • iPhone 5 (5th Generation)

Package included:

  • 1 x iPhone 5 Home Button Flex Cable Ribbon Circuit Repair Part Original”

We remain unconvinced, and to be honest, until we see someone with Apple credentials, and preferably a black turtleneck and jeans, holding one aloft, we’ll remain skeptical about all such leaks.

The good news is that we shouldn’t be guessing for too much longer – then it’s onto the iPad 3!


  • Ras


    • Jason Masters


      • OCD Steve Jobs

        stop laughing at people thats not polite. ignore him Ras…

  • OCD Steve Jobs

    does every blog post here have to say “take it with a pinch of salt”?

  • OCD Steve Jobs

    btw, oliver writes the best blog posts here…not trying to be a jerk or anything. just think the expression has been over used on here.

    • Jason Masters

      Someones about to get banned it was nice knowing you! Not!!!

      • Binary-Stalker

        If anyone, I believe you’d get banned, simply for trolling.

        Tell me, does this make you feel good?

  • Lynski83

    Isn’t this just a picture of an iPhone 4 home button flex cable???? Looks like it to me. Seriously guys the phone comes out when it comes out no need to make up bullshit.

  • Conall Anderson

    Thats an iPhone 4 home button flex cable

  • Man that looks like shit

  • numbnuts

    what i like: “If the home button for your iPhone 5 is working only intermittently or not at all, this repair part will solve the problem” is the fact they’re talking about component failure before the device has even hit the shelves. hopefully build and quality control standards are higher than these expect 🙂

  • Jason Masters

    You bore me binary troll elsewhere this is why this blog is going downhill you and OCD just come on to flame and instigate then get defensive about it so lame and pathetic. Stick to the subjects or maybe you can’t because your minds too feeble?

    • Binary-Stalker

      “Flaming, also known as bashing, is hostile and insulting interaction between Internet users.”

      A quote from Wikipedia.

      Every time I have seen your name, I have seen you doing any of the above.

      I am not being hostile. I am politely pointing out that you are trolling and we are asking you to stop.

      I am not bashing. I am fine with other’s opinions, unlike you.

      I am not insulting anyone, but I have seen you insult others.

      Note that I am not deterred by your actions and am immune to your trolling, as I handle this professionally.

      • Jason Masters

        Bla bla bla bla you absolutely bore me please just move on already it’s tiresome reading your bloated hot aired childish rants. As i said before I stick to the subjects if you can’t then you can move on.
        your comments or opinions or whatever are just b.s. But I had a long talk with Sebastian and since then have contributed helpful comments you however are merely a stalker since your searching all my comments and your an instigator maybe you should be banned if you can’t learn to get along peace out stalker.

  • Jason Masters

    Back to the subject at hand I do believe that is an iPhone 5 part and the rumours are starting to line up..

    • OCD Steve Jobs

      i only wish you would politely change your profile pic. it makes you look perverted. look at the girl, 2nd from right sticking her butt out, arched back, legs open. then look at the others…it’s inappropriate. don’t you think? there are many 13 year olds and younger girls and guys on here. i’m sure you don’t want people to think of you as trashy/perverted right? let’s do the right thing and change the profile pic. thanks jason

  • Binary-Stalker

    Childish rants? Exactly which part is childish, and which is a rant.

    I do not express my opinions.

    And I stumbled upon your comment while reading this post.

    • OCD Steve Jobs

      jason masters…you don’t have to apologize to me. but do the right thing and apologize to Binary-Stalker.

  • Binary-Stalker

    Also, if your comments were productive, this conversation would not be happening.

    • Jason Masters

      Goodbye you two are a waste I’ll be back when your done acting like two year olds and you actually contribute to the forum instead of wasting your time attempting to insult me it’s really sad you two if you really want me gone that bad send an email to Sebastian I’m sure he’ll see your point after all your posts are very productive lol this whole back and forth is so funny with you kids lol.

      • Binary-Stalker

        We’re not acting like the two year olds here. We are not insulting you.

        Rather, vice versa.

  • Could you 3 please act more civilized in the comments. I don’t want to spend my time deleting pointless and rude comments. Thank you