By Anu Passary | Aug 15, 2012 12:23 PM EDT
The cascade of iPhone 5 rumors are gathering pace as Apple's next-gen smartphone gets ready for its hypothesized September debut. In the past few weeks iFans have been bombarded with leaked images of the alleged nano-SIM tray, assembled parts, and speculations surrounding the 9-pin dock connector amongst other rumors. Joining the spate of rumors is iPhone 5's motherboard photo leak, as aficionados are left to wonder if the images are authentic or fake.
French site Nowhereelse.fr chanced upon two new photographs that showcase the front and rear of the fabled iPhone 5's logicboard. The images were originally posted on the Chinese forum Weiphone and are courtesy a forum user who had posted legitimate images of the iPhone 4S' motherboard in 2011.
The motherboard (or logicboard) houses the support chips and processor for the device and looks different from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S ones. However, the processor does not appear in the leaked photos.
Nowhereelese also noted that the manner in which the screw holes of the motherboard lined up were in tandem with the previously leaked cases that suggested a unibody design. The French site has also created an animated image that depicts how the holes line up.
According to 9to5Mac, the SIM card slot "does appear slightly smaller in size compared to the 4/4S". 9to5Mac had consulted iPhone parts specialists iDeviceGuys, who concluded that the SIM card slot was indeed smaller. iDeviceGuys also noted that the battery connector now sports four pins as opposed to the older iPhone versions' five pins. The pins would indicate that the next-gen model may have a higher capacity battery in tow. Moreover, wireless antenna connections are present in the logicboard, according to the purported image. This feature gives credence to circulating rumors that the fabled iPhone 5 will have LTE technology.
The bevy of leaks is not new to Apple. In 2011, prior to the iPhone 4S launch, sites were inundated with purported parts leaks including the logic board, which revealed an A5 processor.
Even though maximum iPhone 5 features are cloaked in mystery, the motherboard image leak gives iFans glimpses into what they may expect from Apple's smartphone wonder. Whether the images are phony or genuine is anybody's guess and like all iPhone leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt.
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