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Pictures of the new Apple iPhone's motherboard appear, shows new antennas and battery coming

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Pictures of the new Apple iPhone's motherboard appear, shows new antennas and battery coming
Pictures of what is alleged to be the motherboard of the 6th generation Apple iPhone have been making the rounds and without the usual labeling, the part is considered to be a prototype unit. The processor also appears to be missing. The speculation is that we will see a quad-core processor power the next iteration of the Apple iPhone.  The pictures also show a smaller SIM card slot, found right in the center of the unit, than what was on the Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 4S, and exactly what is expected in the new model.

The connections on the motherboard fit with leaked photos of the back of the new model, image courtesy of NoWhereElse.fr

The connections on the motherboard fit with leaked photos of the back of the new model, image courtesy of NoWhereElse.fr

According to Apple iPhone repair specialists iDeviceGuys, the battery connector now has 5 pins according to the picture, instead of 4 on the current device. This would seem to confirm the slightly higher capacity battery for the next Apple iPhone that was recently photographed. The repair experts also noticed that there are more antenna connections than on the Apple iPhone 4S which points to LTE connectivity for the 6th generation of Apple's smartphone. The digitizer connector also appears to be changed leading the iDeviceGuy team to expect the new, thinner in-cell screen technology for the next model. And the connection points on the motherboard seem to match up to leaked shots of the parts for the back of the phone according to NoWhereElse.fr, which managed to produce an image of all of the parts lining up.

While you might usually consider this the work of someone seeking attention, the same person posted legitimate pictures of the Apple iPhone 4S motherboard in August 2011, well before the unit was introduced. The newest model of the device is expected to be introduced on September 12th and launched on September 21st.

source: WeiPhone (translated) via 9to5Mac

Leaked photos of alleged motherboard for new Apple iPhone
Leaked photos of alleged motherboard for new Apple iPhone

Leaked photos of alleged motherboard for new Apple iPhone


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posted on 12 Aug 2012, 23:48 12

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7367; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Not surprised Alan wrote an article on the new parts of the iPhone 5.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 00:00 22

2. Commentator (Posts: 2295; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well it is his job, so I guess I'm not surprised either...

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 00:03 7

3. mas11 (Posts: 1026; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I'm still not convinced that the quad-core rumor is true. Apple cares about its huge profit margins more than anything and an expensive processor would greatly cut into them. On the other hand maybe Apple is finally scared of the competition and wants to make a powerful phone instead of an outdated one.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 00:25 3

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Quad-core rumor for iPhone 5 is just that - a rumor. You may see quad-core in the iPhone 6, but I tend to think it will appear in the iPhone 7 - Remember all of the rumors surrounding what ultimately was released as the 4S? Expect the iPhone 5 to be powered by a more efficient version of the iPad3's chipset. Ergo, no quad-core this time around.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 00:46 4

12. Commentator (Posts: 2295; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I thought the next one was the iPhone 6, not 5. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 4S is the 5th iPhone model.

At any rate Apple will simply call it the iPhone, in keeping with what they did with the new iPad

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 01:27

17. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


in terms of performance, iphone's specs are usually on par with the competition, sometimes better, sometimes worse. I think what's most important is timing. If Apple can be the first quad-core smartphone in the U.S., then I think they would do it. But the processors need to be available well before they release the phone so they can have plenty of time to test and troubleshoot.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 04:26

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


isnt the lg optimus 4x hd a US quadcore?

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 07:50 2

22. troutsy (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Not if Apple says they are the first one! Ba-dum-psh!

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 10:30

23. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Are you asking me? It seems as if you already know the answer. But anyway I don't think it has LTE, which is why other quad core phones haven't been released in the US.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 00:59 3

14. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i bet it will be a slightly modified A5X chip-- because that has the extremely powerful quad-core graphics card for the heavily lifting and the dual core which is plenty for ios

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 07:18

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I was thinking that too

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 13:17

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


All of which is basically the iPad3's chipset, but probably in a smaller die-size for better electricity consumption.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 05:56

20. Aeires (unregistered)


We've already seen iOS6 and know it doesn't need a quad core. I do believe the iPhone will finally join the rest of the world by getting 4G.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 11:54

24. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


AFAIK, Dual Core Chips are recommended for LTE due to Battery Drainage Problems on Quad-Core Chips, but on the other hand I've also heard recently that a New Quad-Core Chip was developed recently that improves battery life w/ LTE and etc. Well I'm not sure about this, anyway I'm assuming that Apple won't get Q-Core yet, I just know Apple slowly innovates w/ their products ex. iOS6-FaceBook+Twitter Integration, come on it's been on Android since 2.2 Froyo, but their marketing strategy is good, I'll give them props for that. They sure know how to brainwash people from their products :)

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 00:31 5

11. willard12 (Posts: 702; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I won't believe any iPhone rumors until they are confirmed by an employee leaving it in a bar.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 01:00

16. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I doubt...4core cpu...A5x is 2cpu and 4gpu...also considering low res of iPhone...I think best guess is same chip as inside iPad2 (2012). Anyway...iFans, good luck with LTE and measly battery update (rumoured).

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 04:36 3

19. marchels14 (unregistered)


there will be no dramatic improvement just a little upgrade like their all products have. quad core i don't think so. their game plan is to update the next devise just a bit so its a bit better ,call it revolutionary and make a lot of money out of same device who has small improvement. that's how apple works.

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