updated 06:34 pm EDT, Mon June 17, 2013
Repair firms source of latest parts leaks, point to minor changes
Shortly after the publication of what is purported to be an "iPhone 5S" bare logic board that hadn't yet had any chips attached to it, a repair company called iHeart Repair in Florida has revealed new images of what is said to the be the display assembly of the forthcoming iPhone revision. Though the images do not reveal any huge changes, the alternation of where a pair of flex connectors is situated matches the logic board, meaning the parts would fit together correctly if mated and supporting their legitimacy. Why Apple may have made the change isn't clear.
The "iPhone 5S" as it is expected to be known is likely to be unveiled later this year, with current rumors pointing to September. While evidence so far suggests that the outside of the device may not look any different from the present iPhone 5 (in exactly the way that the iPhone 4S is almost identical to the iPhone 4), the small changes seen in these leaked parts -- if genuine -- hint that Apple will be making interior changes just as it did with the iPhone 4S, reports MacRumors.
Among the options thought likely to occur in the next iPhone model, the leaked display board would indicated that a new and larger processor is on the way. Apple has worked remarkably swiftly to iterate and evolve its chip designs, and an "A6X" or even "A7" chip that might go into a new iPhone model should provide a boost on top of the iOS 7 makeover that has already been previewed at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Additional parts that may or may not be intended for the "iPhone 5S" emerged earlier this month.
The leaked logic board revealed earlier from a Japanese parts company also appears to be slightly narrower than the existing iPhone 5 logic board, but this would presumably just make room for a larger battery in the device, perhaps needed to drive the more powerful processor. There is also evidence that some of the connectors have been shifted around in what is likely to be an effort at greater efficiency, though it could also be caused by changing parts suppliers or minor differences in the connectors themselves.