Multiple images of what is believed to be Apple’s next iPhone recently surfaced on the web. The photos show a device using a redesigned logic board – what looks to be the same one that showed up in photos earlier this week – that features a different layout for connectors and various other components.
The processing chip in the new photos, however, doesn’t carry the A-series stamp like the one in the iPhone 5. This could mean that Apple is going with a new chip for the next iPhone or simply that the photos are of a very early prototype that had yet to be stamped. The latter seems a more likely situation as a numerical code across the bottom of the chip indicates it was manufactured during the 43rd week of 2012 which would be sometime in late October.
The part number found on the battery indicates a higher capacity of 5.92Whr. The battery inside the iPhone 5, for comparison, is only rated at 5.45Whr – not a huge increase but it could be enough to retain usage claims if the new phone does indeed ship with a more powerful (and hungry) processor.
Finally the rear shell of the leaked chassis shows a vertical pill-shaped opening for the camera flash. It’s tough to tell from the blurry images but this could be the dual-LED flash we’ve been hearing about in other rumors.
Most expect Apple to launch the iPhone 5S perhaps as early as September alongside a budget-minded model with a plastic shell.