iPhone 5 images apparently showing the front and back of the iOS device’s motherboard, which holds the processor chip, SIM card slot, antenna and battery connectors, have appeared on Chinese forum Weiphone.
The photos show a smaller SIM card slot than in the iPhone 4/4S placed in the middle of the board, and increased antenna connectors, possibly for LTE connectivity, according to reports.
“The SIM card slot, the most-centered component on the motherboard, does appear slightly smaller in size compared to the 4/4S, according to iDeviceGuys, iPhone parts specialists that we spoke to,” 9to5Mac reports.
“iDeviceGuys also says that more antenna connections are present (compared to the iPhone 4S), which may lead credence to the rumours pointing to this new iPhone as the first LTE smartphone from Apple.”
The report also points to the inclusion of five pins in the battery connector rather than four in the iPhone 4S, this may be the result of a rumoured bigger battery in the next-generation iPhone.
French website Nowherelse.fr, aligned the board against previously leaked images of an iPhone case in a GIF that shows the size and position of five screw holes lined up in both images.
The original poster on the Chinese forum has a credible history of revealing iPhone parts, with a correct motherboard image leak in August last year, a couple of months ahead of the iPhone 4S announcement.
The large number of leaked parts surfacing may be an indication that mass production of the iPhone has begun, with a launch appearing imminent.