Rumor: familiar-looking ‘iPhone 5’ SIM tray surfaces

For the second time in the last two weeks, a parts vendor has leaked a purported ‘iPhone 5’ component. Last Tuesday we saw some Home buttons surface that reportedly belonged to Apple’s next-generation handset, and now we’ve come across a SIM card tray.

As noted by MacRumors, has posted some information on a claimed ‘iPhone 5’ SIM card tray that it’s apparently just obtained from one of its parts suppliers. And, as the site points out, it looks nearly identical to its iPhone 4/4S counterpart…

“The tray appears essentially identical to the SIM card tray found in the iPhone 4S and 4, and if the part is indeed legitimate it suggests that Apple may retain a similar flat-edged form factor for the forthcoming device. Such a design would be opposed to a tapered or rounded-edge design that would likely require a somewhat curved exterior surface for the tray or at least a thinner tray profile as was seen in earlier iPhone models…”

This is somewhat bad news for folks, including us, who are hoping that Apple will unveil a completely revamped iPhone this fall. The new handset is a matter of months away, and we’ve yet to see any evidence that suggests it’ll look much different than last year’s model.

Obviously, there’s nothing to say that this SIM tray doesn’t just belong to an iPhone 4/4S. But still, we can’t help but feel a little bit of deja vu.