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This article was published on September 13, 2012

Watch Jony Ive and Bob Mansfield explain the iPhone 5’s industrial design and hardware engineering

Watch Jony Ive and Bob Mansfield explain the iPhone 5’s industrial design and hardware engineering
Matthew Panzarino
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Matthew Panzarino

Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.

Apple has just posted its Introducing iPhone 5 video on its YouTube channel, letting you watch it directly rather than on Apple’s site. If you haven’t seen it already, it’s worth a watch. There are a host of interesting details about the way that the iPhone 5 was designed and engineered, right from Apple’s industrial design chief Jony Ive and former head of hardware engineering Bob Mansfield.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsGNlDb6xY&list=UUE_M8A5yxnLfW0KghEeajjw&index=0&feature=plcp

They talk about how much thinner the iPhone 5 is when compared to the iPhone 4S:

Mansfield gets hot on the new sapphire crystal lens cover:

Forstall even makes a cameo to talk about the new panoramic feature in iOS 6:

And then there’s the way that they chamfer, diamond polish and texture the edge bits:

And then there are these glass inlays for the back of the phone, which are compared using a 28MP camera to find the perfect fit for each metal chassis:

The iPhone 5 had been dubbed disappointing and the best iPhone yet all within hours of its announcement. Whatever your opinion, though, it’s an impressive bit of design and engineering.

As a bonus, here’s how Apple designed their new EarPods:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rme3uZ_abc&list=UUE_M8A5yxnLfW0KghEeajjw&index=1&feature=plcp

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