iPhone 5: New Hardware Parts reveal Alleged Slide-Out Keyboard

By Alan Ng - Mar 1, 2011

There has been all sorts of rumors flying around in relation to the iPhone 5 and what sort of display screen it will possess, but now we have solid information which reveals that the device may feature a slide-out keyboard with a physical keypad.

A photo has been published over at Apple.pro and it shows a 30-pin dock connector cable and a ribbon, both of which are apparent parts for the upcoming Apple iPhone 5. The part is labelled 821-1300-02 HF/c1 just for your reference.

You may recall that Taiwanese website Apple.pro is the same website that first brought pictures of the White iPhone 4 prior to WWDC 2010, and they are also known for providing details on upcoming Apple Macbook leaks too.

This isn’t the first time that the possibility of an iPhone device with a slide-out keyboard has been mentioned. We ran a poll a few weeks back asking just how many of you would relish the prospect of a hardware keyboard on the iPhone and the results are completely divided. You can still vote on that poll here if you’re interested.

Do you think these parts are for the iPhone 5 or not? It’s still uncertain whether Apple will bring a variety of iPhone hardware revisions to WWDC 2011, or just the one model. Definitely an exciting time for iPhone owners though.

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