There have been a bunch of leaks attempting to show off components which will supposedly find homes in the iPhone 5S, but a lot of what we’ve seen so far has been a little… meh. That is, we’ve seen buttons, connectors, and other tiny parts, but not so much in the way of more substantial hardware. If you’ve been craving something more significant, we just might have what you need, as a couple new leaks have revealed what just might be the iPhone 5S’s motherboard and its display panel.
There have been fakes in the past – especially when it comes to iPhone circuit boards – so what makes this one look legit? Check out the arrangement of those connectors on the display’s ribbon cable up top. See how there are two connectors in an L-shape? Well, down below, on the left, is the new picture of a supposed 5S motherboard. While the iPhone 5 board on the right used a pair of parallel connectors, this new one appears to have gone with the L-arrangement.
Still, something’s off. While we do see signs of that L-shape, the actual alignment of the connectors in the display photo doesn’t appear to actually match the highlighted portion of the circuit board (while the display connectors are at right angles to each other, the midlines of each never cross the other part). There are a number of sets of solder pads present, though, so maybe we’re looking at a different pair of two regions – the box up top, and maybe the area to its lower-right, for example – or maybe these are both prototypes from different stages of the design process.
We know, none of this does much to contribute to our understanding of the iPhone 5S or how it will arrive, but this is exactly the kind of smartphone geekery we eat up.