By Stephen Schenck | May 14, 2012 1:47 PM
Late last week, we heard some rumors about Apple’s progress towards finalizing a next-gen iPhone design, and while there was still a large number of details up in the air, the source suggested that this iPhone 5, or whatever Apple decides to call it, wouldn’t be the radical redesign that had been suggested. While that end up being true of the phone’s exterior appearance, there is some new evidence that makes it look like Apple could be revamping the handset’s internal layout, as revealed by a new replacement part, supposedly for the iPhone 5.
The most recent iPhone hardware as currently released connects the phone’s headphone jack to its volume control and mute switch, all on one component. This new part moves the headphone jack to now live with the phone’s earpiece and WiFi cable, instead. It’s not yet clear how this might affect the layout on the outside, but depending on how much you want to read into this, it could suggest Apple making broader changes to the handset’s design than those rumors from last week suggested.
This new component joins a slightly-modified home button in the list of parts we’ve seen attributed to the next iPhone; look for that to grow in the coming months, and eventually be joined by new case designs.