Leaked Images Claim to Show Parts of the Unannounced iPhone Model
Recently released photos from the Far East are claiming to show the dock connector flex cable and loudspeaker for an unknown iPhone model, with the parts possibly bound for either Apple’s next-generation handset or an inexpensive version rumored to see release this fall. The images first spotted by NoWhereElse.fr
were published by Chinese parts retailer TVC-Mall, which is claiming that the components are bound for one of the two unannounced iPhone models.
Although the parts seem to be quite similar to the Lightning connector/headphone jack flex cable and loudspeaker designs found in the current iPhone 5, the authenticity of the hardware cannot be verified. The flex cable is particularly interesting because it seems to carry Apple’s proprietary Lightning dock connector. As seen in the comparison photo, the allegedly new part varies from the existing iPhone 5 component in several ways.
It seems to have a slightly modified connector and redesigned pressure contacts as well as repositioned grounding points. The sidewall mounting structures are also slightly altered from the iPhone 5 version, which seems to be minutely offset in the photo. The rest of the cable carries the same electronics as the current iteration, including an identically mounted Lightning port and headphone jack as well as an antenna connector.
When it comes to the speaker, the supposedly new model has a slightly larger and squared off resonance chamber and relocated ground contacts. This part seems quite similar to a previously “leaked” part from a previous report.
As many of you may already know, rumors of a next-gen iPhone are heating up as the end of Apple’s annual refresh cycle comes closer. The rumor mill is just getting started though and we’ll just have to wait to find out more concrete information.