iPhone 5S: familiar on the outside, significant overhaul inside

iPhone 5S: familiar on the outside, significant overhaul insideWhile we’d love to see a spanking new iPhone 6 later this year, history tells us it’ll more likely be an iPhone 5S, essentially an iPhone 5 with a few tweaks under the hood.

However, some leaked pics suggest it won’t just be a case of a slightly faster processor and enhanced camera.

Pictures leaked to Boy Genius Report show how various components will supposedly be altered in the imminent iPhone 5S.

Included is a redesigned vibrating motor, ear speaker bracket and loudspeaker bracket, alongside a new Wi-Fi flex cable ribbon.

Finally, there are two slimmer SIM trays, with the colours (possibly silver and gold) giving credence to the notion that the iPhone 5S will be available in several colours.

Other features like the supposed iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner remain unconfirmed at this point.

Incidentally, that’s the feature said to be holding the iPhone 5S back, and as such we’re not entirely sure if we should expect to see the latest iPhone launch at WWDC.

In any case, we will get a look at Jony Ive’s iOS 7, which reportedly has a more “flat” design than previous versions of Apple's mobile operating system. Just what everyone’s been crying out for.

WWDC 2013 gets underway on June 10. Fingers crossed for "One more thing...".

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BEEPBEEP123  May. 17, 2013 at 21:13

".. a new Wi-Fi flex cable ribbon.." Sorry, but I've got absolutely no idea what that is.

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 09:43

".. a new Wi-Fi flex cable ribbon.." Sorry, but I've got absolutely no idea what that is.
The thingy to connect the WiFi antenna to some other thingy, I s'pose?

matt101101 / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 18:38

Ooh, gold iPhone...that won't be tacky as hell.

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 18:46

I'm pretty sure I've seen coloured sim-slide replacements just like those...

Stelph  May. 19, 2013 at 07:00

So the significant overhaul is that they are using different shaped components that the customer would have no idea about unless they pull apart the phone (unless I'm missing something and a new wifi cable Makes the wifi faster)

Great....

I'm suspecting another spec bump (a la usual iPhone S upgrade process) and a heavy focus on ios7, but if its moving away from flashy graphics hopefully they'll also stop calling it magical

JanSt / MOD  May. 19, 2013 at 09:51

Not sure if it'll kill sales, but I'm sure the tech blogosphere is gonna kill'em if there isn't a significant change - cosmetic UI changes and coloured cases won't do.

Stelph  May. 20, 2013 at 12:49

Not sure if it'll kill sales, but I'm sure the tech blogosphere is gonna kill'em if there isn't a significant change - cosmetic UI changes and coloured cases won't do.


Tech blogs may kill them but I doubt it'll hurt sales, IMO the "worst" upgrade iPhone has ever done was the iPhone 4 -> 4S (since it was really only Siri that changed) and the sales of that phone were still very strong. Nothing suggests that the same wouldnt happen if the iPhone 5s just turned out to be a spec bump and slight change to how the OS looks, infact the cynic in me suggests all the fuss over the changes to the OS is being raised up just to cover the fact that the upgrade isnt going to be all that much

matt101101 / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 13:32

Not sure if it'll kill sales, but I'm sure the tech blogosphere is gonna kill'em if there isn't a significant change - cosmetic UI changes and coloured cases won't do.


Tech blogs may kill them but I doubt it'll hurt sales, IMO the "worst" upgrade iPhone has ever done was the iPhone 4 -> 4S (since it was really only Siri that changed) and the sales of that phone were still very strong. Nothing suggests that the same wouldnt happen if the iPhone 5s just turned out to be a spec bump and slight change to how the OS looks, infact the cynic in me suggests all the fuss over the changes to the OS is being raised up just to cover the fact that the upgrade isnt going to be all that much

Where's the line between cynical and sensible...? I agree with you, last time Apple had a big shout about software (Siri) they were just trying to distract people from the fact it'd taken them well over a year to make a faster processor (well, pay Samsung to make them) and buy in some 8mp camera modules.

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 13:58

Not sure if it'll kill sales, but I'm sure the tech blogosphere is gonna kill'em if there isn't a significant change - cosmetic UI changes and coloured cases won't do.


Tech blogs may kill them but I doubt it'll hurt sales, IMO the "worst" upgrade iPhone has ever done was the iPhone 4 -> 4S (since it was really only Siri that changed) and the sales of that phone were still very strong. Nothing suggests that the same wouldnt happen if the iPhone 5s just turned out to be a spec bump and slight change to how the OS looks, infact the cynic in me suggests all the fuss over the changes to the OS is being raised up just to cover the fact that the upgrade isnt going to be all that much


I'm not sure, actually.
For the first time I have the feeling more people might pick an alternative. It's just a vibe I'm getting... The economy doesn't help, either. It's not exactly getting easier for people to justify a questionable 'upgrade'...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 14:19

Not sure if it'll kill sales, but I'm sure the tech blogosphere is gonna kill'em if there isn't a significant change - cosmetic UI changes and coloured cases won't do.


Tech blogs may kill them but I doubt it'll hurt sales, IMO the "worst" upgrade iPhone has ever done was the iPhone 4 -> 4S (since it was really only Siri that changed) and the sales of that phone were still very strong. Nothing suggests that the same wouldnt happen if the iPhone 5s just turned out to be a spec bump and slight change to how the OS looks, infact the cynic in me suggests all the fuss over the changes to the OS is being raised up just to cover the fact that the upgrade isnt going to be all that much


I'm not sure, actually.
For the first time I have the feeling more people might pick an alternative. It's just a vibe I'm getting... The economy doesn't help, either. It's not exactly getting easier for people to justify a questionable 'upgrade'...

The S4 is a pretty questionable upgrade (albeit, not on the same level as the 4S) and that's shifted ~10 million units already.

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 14:27

Good point, I guess...
I could be fooled because in Ireland things are getting rather dire financially. You can shoot unopened SGS3 for €350, and an astonishing amount of 'as new' iPhone 5... And don't even try to sell a usd Lumia 920 or Z10 or Z or T...

Stelph  May. 20, 2013 at 14:39

Good point, I guess...
I could be fooled because in Ireland things are getting rather dire financially. You can shoot unopened SGS3 for €350, and an astonishing amount of 'as new' iPhone 5... And don't even try to sell a usd Lumia 920 or Z10 or Z or T...


Here in the UK resale values of iPhones seem to hold quite well still as always, kind of makes it nice for people as if youve taken good care of your phone you only need to pay another £200 or so and you'd get a new one, probably why so many people end up doing it

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