Over the past few days we’ve been checking out maybe the most exciting series of iPhone 6s leaks to date, as a source with apparent access to the phone’s frame and main board has been offering some up-close looks at the hardware. First we saw the handset’s largely unchanged body, and then on Wednesday got a look at a new modem chip. Today the focus on internals continues, revealing, among other things, a new NFC module and the return of a 16GB storage option.
Sorry for you proponents of a 32GB minimum, as it appears from this board, at least, that the 16GB variant will return. Here we see a 16GB Toshiba flash chip, and while it’s possible that this is just for internal testing, it doesn’t necessarily bode well for rumors that the 16GB iPhone might soon be a thing of the past.
Beyond that new NFC chip we mentioned, there’s a general streamlining of the circuit board, as compared to the iPhone 6: what previously took a large number of components sees a paring down to a smaller number of ICs, allowing Apple to reduce board size. Granted, not by much, but this reduction in parts also simplifies manufacturing and opens the door for more power-efficient operation.
Source: 9to5 Mac