Are you itching to know what Apple has in store in its next iteration of the iPhone? Would it be sporting a newer form factor? Would there be a new processor or more RAM? Would it have a bigger screen than before?
The folks at MacRumors aim to tame those questions as they recently released a handful of leaked photographs of what they claim to be the interior and rear shell of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S. See them below.
Observations from these images are well elaborated by MacRumors’ Eric Slivka. See his in-depth analysis below, taken from the original article:– Based on the observable features, the logic board appears to be an exact match to the one that appeared in photos earlier this week, with a slightly narrower profile and a new layout for connectors and other components. – The main chip on the logic board is interestingly not labeled with an A-series name such as on the A6 seen in the iPhone 5. It is unclear whether the chip name has been removed somehow or if it was never printed in the first place.
– A date code visible on the bottom of the main chip reads “1243”, signifying that the chip was manufactured in the 43rd week of 2012, corresponding to late October. This would seem to be much earlier than would be expected for a new handset, so it is unclear whether this is a very early prototype that could still be running the same A6 chip found in the iPhone 5 or if it is in fact a different chip.
– The battery carries a more recent Apple Part Number of 616-0652 compared to the iPhone 5 battery, which has carried several different part numbers including 616-0611 and 616-0613. The new battery also has a higher capacity of 5.92 Whr, compared to the 5.45 Whr capacity of the iPhone 5’s battery. The battery also has several blank boxes printed on it where various regulatory logos would be, suggesting that this is a prototype battery yet to receive final certifications.– The rear shell photo shows a vertical pill-shaped window for the LED flash as opposed to a round window, supporting rumors of a dual LED flash for the iPhone 5S. A similar pill-shaped flash window was depicted on a case maker’s design drawings that also leaked earlier this week. – Regulatory identifiers shown on the back of the device such as the FCC ID appear to be placeholders, in several cases reading X1234X.
Whether these leaked photos are true or not is yet to be confirmed, as Apple is expected to launch their new iPhone (called the iPhone 5S in rumor circles) alongside a budget-friendly iPhone this September. While waiting, you may want to check out iOS 7’s new design and features to know what to expect from Apple’s new hansets.