By Stephen Schenck | September 19, 2011 12:41 PM
Last month, a series of pictures was released online depicting what appeared to be the motherboard for a next-gen iPhone. They looked legit enough, but we weren’t sure if they were intended for something more like the iPhone 4s or the iPhone 5, and couldn’t make out enough detail to verify that Apple would be using dual-core A5 processors, as in the iPad 2. Now some new imagery has surfaced that still leaves us with some questions about the hardware, but finally gives us a good luck at that A5 we were expecting.
The layout of components shown here seems to match the hardware we looked at earlier, and what’s visible on the battery here corresponds with those revealed in August. Still, there are some lingering questions about this picture’s integrity; some question the quality of the A5 logo, wondering if this might be an elaborate counterfeit. There’s also the issue that the components on the left depict an earlier version of the white iPhone’s construction, before Apple had satisfied itself with the quality of that version’s manufacture. Maybe these pictures are from much earlier in the development process than we were assuming? We’ll learn if they check out soon enough, with the next iPhone expected to arrive within a month.