By Stephen Schenck | June 25, 2013 5:25 PM
So far, we’ve seen a whole bunch of individual components apparently created for the iPhone 5S, and more recently we’ve started getting a look at the phone in a more assembled state. While that seemed to indicate that we were making progress towards finally hearing Apple announce the smartphone, we still hadn’t seen any evidence of mass assembly – just a few individual models. Today we get that missing piece, upon the publication of this leaked shot, supposedly of an iPhone 5S assembly line.
What makes this a 5S, though? On more than one occasion, we’ve seen evidence of a modified connector for the phone’s display panel, at least compared to the iPhone 5. We seem to just be looking at the phone’s front panels in this shot, and you can see those cables sticking out on top, complete with that new 5S connector orientation.
Now, we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves here, but could these signs of production suggest that the 5S might launch sooner, rather than later? Lately, it’s felt like we’d be waiting until fall, but maybe Apple is worried about putting things off for too long.