These iPhone 5 Blueprints Show The Remarkable Precision With Which The Device Is Built

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Now that we’re on the fifth or sixth generation of smartphone, it’s easy to forget what an astonishing miracle of miniaturization, craftsmanship, and engineering these devices are.

This is especially true when you consider that Apple, et al., crank out tens of millions of them each year.

Apple has published a set of external blueprints for the iPhone 5 to help developers build cases. The blueprints provide a reminder of level of precision involved.

The measurements in these blueprints are in millimeters. The decimal places take the measurements down to tens of microns (hundredths of a millimetre).

The full set of external blueprints...

Some notes, lest case developers be tempted to build metal cases or obscure the cameras, flash, or proximity sensor.

The front. (The measurements are in millimeters. One decimal equals hundreds of microns. Two decimals equal tens of microns.)

The back.

One of the cameras.

The other camera.

The flash.

The top.

One side.

The other side.

The bottom. (Man, does Apple pack stuff in here. No wonder they had to shrink the charging cord.)

Bottom detail.

Now check out the real thing...

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