New Leaked Images Show Purported iPhone 5 Parts
On Monday, several new photos alleged to be images of iPhone 5 parts surfaced online. One in particular (the one displayed above) comes from China's social media platform, Weibo. Jumping out at us, obviously, is the “A5" mark. But given how murky the marking appears, its authenticity is rightly being called into question. The board itself is asserted to be from a prototype of the next iPhone. The battery marking - “430 mAh” - similarly suggests the iPhone 5 will use a battery different from that which is presently housed in the iPhone 4.
Meanwhile, more images - which are also somewhat speculative - have emerged from iRepair India. The pics are said to be of parts originating from an "iPhone 4S" model.
According to the source of the image leak, the parts came from Shenzhen, China. To go with the pics are claims that there won't really be an "iPhone 5" this year - at least not in terms of what the forthcoming refreshed iPhone will be called. The next-gen model will likely be called the iPhone 4S or iPhone 4GS because, from a hardware perspective, it lacks too many new attributes to be called an iPhone 5.
The co-founder of iRepair India shared the image posted below with Apple Insider and revealed that he has been "servicing Apple's portable hardware for three years and has known this particular Chinese supplier for that duration." He says the source in question is credible and boasts of a long record of providing reliable information.
As we get closer to the launch of the iPhone 5 - or whatever it will ultimately be called - it's a safe assumption that we will be pelted with a barrage of leaked images of supposed next-gen iPhone parts, the overwhelming majority of which probably won't be authentic.
Sources: Weibo, iRepair India, Apple Insider