Everyone’s curious to see what changes Apple will be making for the iPhone 5S, so understandably, images of such components make for pretty hot rumors at the moment. Of course, they’re only worth our time if they’re legitimate, which has us thinking twice about the latest offering to surface, purporting to show the main circuit board for Apple’s next iPhone.
So, why be so suspicious? Well, this image comes from an unknown source, claiming to be an Apple employee, but that’s apparently wholly unverified. Then, he provides the image to a website focused on Android phones, not iOS devices. Finally, that “A7″ chip aside, this looks exactly like an iPhone 5 motherboard. Sure, we’re expecting the 5S to be a largely similar device, but we struggle to find a single difference besides the SoC. Ultimately, it would be trivial to photoshop some new markings and make it appear to be a next-gen A7.
If this is legit, however, the A7 would be a quad-core processor with a Power SGX554MP4 GPU (same as the iPad 4) and 2GB of RAM. While a clock speed isn’t set in stone, it could run at 1.2GHz.
For now, we’ll be taking this with a grain of salt, and continue to look for corroboration.