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  • Photos Claim to Show Apple's iPhone 5S


    As Apple’s annual iPhone refresh cycle draws near, the number of rumors regarding the so-called “iPhone 5S” continue to grow, with the latest being a set of photos claiming to show the handset in near complete form. The images obtained by MacRumors, appear to show an almost fully assembled next-gen iPhone. A closer inspection of the pictures seems to yield more questions than answers though.

    The first image of the supposed iPhone 5S internals seems to be in line with several rumored part leaks, which include the handset’s logic board, loudspeaker, SIM card tray, vibration motor, and other smaller components. If you take a closer look at the picture though, you’ll get a better perspective of the chassis and the build as a whole and doing so leads to the conclusion that what is seen is either a prototype or hybrid of the current iPhone 5 and components from an unreleased version of the device.

    The vibration motor is clearly visible on the top left with its single weight. This counters a recently “leaked” photo showing that the next-gen iPhone would be using a dual-weight system. The logic board looks to be the same as the part revealed earlier in the week as seen by the display connectors which have been repositioned in respect to the existing model. Photos of a display assembly and attached flex cables leaked the same day matched up with the board’s connection almost perfectly, suggesting the two parts may be legitimate.

    Right underneath the display plugs is an unlabeled processor with a small Apple logo. The arrangement of capacitors lines up with the CPU and as noted by MacRumors, the screen-printed numbering suggests that the chip was made in late October of 2012, which is a very early run for a next-gen handset. At the bottom of the picture is the speaker, which sits on top of flex cables belonging to the microphone and Lightning dock connector, both of which are parts congruent with the supposedly “leaked” components pictured earlier in the month. Last but not least, the battery carries markings that point to a capacity of 5.92 Watt-hours in comparison to the iPhone 5 which has a 5.45 Watt-hours unit.



    The second image shows the iPhone 5S back casing, though the details don’t seem to add up to a next-gen handset. The model number on the back appears to be “A1214,” which is a designation that has never been seen on the iPhone before. Apple’s GSM version of the iPhone 4S moved onto a naming convention of “A14XX,” which continues with the current iPhone 5. It’s possible that the model number signifies a probable prototype but it isn’t known for sure. Despite being a bit blurry, the image shows the much-rumored dual-flash positioned near the rear-facing camera.

    Taking the information we do know from the pictures coupled with the fact that there seems to be some wear and tear in the photos, it can be concluded that the images may show an early prototype of the device. If the pictures are legitimate, it shows that Apple has changed very little when it comes to design and has only made some minor upgrades to the internal specifications of the device. This falls into place with the previous iPhone conventions when it comes to “S” models.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Photos Claim to Show Apple's iPhone 5S started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by itouch24 View Post
      With these long apple life cycles and Jailbreaks coming harder n longer to accomplish, I'm so tempting to get a big change enjoyment n switch over to android, maybe HTC ONE, until the iPhone 6 comes out. Sick of the iPhone "s" releases.
      2ND this! BIGGER APPLE! QUIT WITH THE "S", " INNOVATE MY ***?" INNOVATE A BIGGER IPHONE!
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      I don't think one picture that is supposed to be of an iPhone prototype has been in focus. These pictures are blurry and overexposed. What is it about these leakers that they can't take pictures?
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Out of curiosity, are you using Apple products just for innovation or for reliability??? I agree innovation is needed but my biggest concern is ease of use and knowing it's made well.

      I don't own an iMac or MacBook because it looks cooler. I own it because it worx!!! I'm starting to think everyone is losing touch as to why they bought Apple in the first place...
    1. sam3173's Avatar
      sam3173 -
      The only reason I haven't came back to Apple is because they've become stale like the company's listed above. I love the iOS but compared to all the other phone on the market, bigger screen are winning. I'd settle for a 5" screen and come back in a heartbeat. Until then ill get a Note when I re up.
    1. Stumbows's Avatar
      Stumbows -
      The only way I'll be staying with Apple at the next refresh is if the rumors of a bigger 5+ inch screen are true or at least a parallel model to run along side of this one. Otherwise you'll find me with something like a Galaxy Note next time around. Considering I've owned every iPhone since release that's a big thing for me to say but I am just getting so bored of it all right now.
    1. ZSakowski's Avatar
      ZSakowski -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Out of curiosity, are you using Apple products just for innovation or for reliability??? I agree innovation is needed but my biggest concern is ease of use and knowing it's made well.

      I don't own an iMac or MacBook because it looks cooler. I own it because it worx!!! I'm starting to think everyone is losing touch as to why they bought Apple in the first place...
      Amen!
    1. Albut's Avatar
      Albut -
      If only it were 50% as good as the Samsung. It's outdated, small screen, no camera zoom lens, slow, poor wifi, etc etc etc.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by patoons View Post
      who cares what it looks like. we all know its gonna look exactly like the 5 anyway.
      I fix phones, so I care.

      Now I know that I can't use the same display part for both phones, unlike the 4, 4CDMA, and 4S.