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Images claim to show a purported next-generation iPhone logic board with EMI shielding removed, giving a closer look at the internal layout of the rumored handset's chipsets.

The somewhat blurry photos from Chinese site Sina.com (via Macrumors) depict what looks to be a logic board similar in shape to another reportedly leaked part which surfaced a little over one week ago.

Unlike the first "leak," however, Wednesday's photos show a logic board without the protective EMI shielding found in most portable electronic devices, allowing a slightly better view at what circuitry Apple intends to use in the upcoming device. While the general layout can be distinguished, no component manufacturing marks or labels can be made out due to the blurriness of the image. It is also possible that markings have been removed or are not present if this particular part is a prototype.

Logic Board Front
Source: Sina.com


The component appears to be incomplete as it lacks a processor, RAM and communication chips, among others, possibly hinting that the part came from an upstream supplier. The source of the photo claims Apple will be employing the same A5X chip seen in the third-generation iPad, though no mention was made as to the specific tweaks the company would employ to the system-on-chip silicon given the reduced performance requirements.

Logic Board Reverse
Source: Sina.com


The new images come just hours after photos of a the handset's alleged USB cable with smaller dock connector hit the web. That part is consistent with a number of previously reported "leaks" concerning Apple's move to a more compact 9-pin connector.

Apple is widely expected to launch the next-generation iPhone at an as-yet-unannounced Sept. 12 special event, with pre-orders starting the same day for delivery on Sept. 21.
post #2 of 28

"Reveal", huh? There's not a whole lot of revealing going on. I see black rectangles. See, look:

 

 

 

 

Even after sharpening there's nothing to be read anywhere. The images are just too small to do anything about.

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How is it possible in this day and age to take a blurry picture? Especially if one works with iPhones...!

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post #4 of 28
It's a picture of a picture...and it's on a crummy 7 inch tablet to add to the insult.
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post #5 of 28

hey it is a picture of a system board. oh wow.  who f'ing cares?

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I don't think there is anything printed on those chips. Perhaps a prototype and the markings were intentionally removed for just this reason. Leaked photos. I can think of a few cases where they might want a specialist to be able to contribute to the project without jeopardizing the secret info. For example MyDrivers.com which is printed in the lower right corner the photo may have been involved with writing some drivers and needed the board to test their code. So Apple gave them a board with no writing on it.

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hey it is a picture of a system board. oh wow.  who f'ing cares?

 

Better get ahold of Tim Cook. He's going to want to know their most valuable secrets have been leaked.

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hey it is a picture of a system board. oh wow.  who f'ing cares?
Oh man, almost lost my Mountain Dew with that one…. LOL

I agree, it is a picture of black boxes. I can do that too. Does that mean I have leaked photos of the soon to be released iPhone 8 Gargantuan with 18" screen that might fit in a backpack? 1wink.gif
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Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post
Better get ahold of Tim Cook. He's going to want to know their most valuable secrets have been leaked.

 

See, when he said "doubling down" on security, he meant "We'll be giving our entire team all the KFC Double Downs they can eat. That way when products leak, their greasy fingerprints will reveal who leaked them!"

 

 

 

"Also, if any of our team dies of a heart attack, when their will stipulates their families get prototypes, we'll know who the leakers were."

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post #10 of 28

Well, it looks long so the new size it pretty concrete at this point.

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post #11 of 28

I've heard of fuzzy logic. but fuzzy logic boards?!

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See, when he said "doubling down" on security, he meant "We'll be giving our entire team all the KFC Double Downs they can eat. That way when products leak, their greasy fingerprints will reveal who leaked them!"




"Also, if any of our team dies of a heart attack, when their will stipulates their families get prototypes, we'll know who the leakers were."

Heh heh!
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I don't think there is anything printed on those chips. Perhaps a prototype and the markings were intentionally removed for just this reason. Leaked photos. I can think of a few cases where they might want a specialist to be able to contribute to the project without jeopardizing the secret info. For example MyDrivers.com which is printed in the lower right corner the photo may have been involved with writing some drivers and needed the board to test their code. So Apple gave them a board with no writing on it.

Why the **** would an external, non accessory maker need to write drivers for it? Aside from possibly baseband firmware, which the baseband maker creates?

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Most important detail not shown...A5X, or something new? 

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Why the **** would an external, non accessory maker need to write drivers for it? Aside from possibly baseband firmware, which the baseband maker creates?

Clearly you are the expert on building smartphones. Silly me, I thought every function on the phone required a driver. That is the way it used to be back in the old days of 2011. The camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, audio amplifier, touch screen, LCD display, and everything other piece of hardware all needed drivers. Who would have guessed that has all been deprecated except for the baseband component.

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post #16 of 28

I'm pretty sure that Apple makes those drivers, their hardware and OS...

I mean, Apple makes even Graphic drivers in Regular ol' OS X, hell they even made Java for like a decade or more...

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What ?

black rectangles ?

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post #18 of 28
A5X will upset many but it is what I'm expecting. Well at least in the sense that it will be a chip in the same class. Most likely the unit will be process shrunk, and tuned for the platform.

Until there is a split in processor development I expect new tech to debut on iPad from now on out. IPad is where they need the performance the most. IPhone will simply get the shrunk and lower clocked hardware to meld with battery capacity.
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Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post
A5X will upset many…
Until there is a split in processor development I expect new tech to debut on iPad from now on out. IPad is where they need the performance the most. IPhone will simply get the shrunk and lower clocked hardware to meld with battery capacity.

 

And you know, I'll never understand why. What you've said after that is exactly what they've done since the start of making their own chips, so thinking anything else would happen without cause is pretty silly.

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I don't think there will be an event this September for a launch.. Seeing how the companies suppliers and driver makers are leaking everything they make... Tim Cook should establish more plants in the US and stop outsourcing the products over seas... This is the most leaked product in history of leaks. And their iOS 6 can be installed by nondevelopers on their iDevices if they press the update button after doing a restore and holding shift to select a downloaded .ispw beta off the internet.. What is important though is that it's all Apple, and no other company can produce an Apple Replica and put iOS on it so Apple doesn't loose anything with these leaks. In fact it shows their progress and gets us closer to buying their new product! 1smile.gif
post #21 of 28
Product launch will probably be around November.
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Maybe sooner though... It will be cold so it probably will be October.. And I think Apple should set up temporary product launch shops some day in the future as to not have to have people wait in lines in the cold.
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Also the pictures are upside down.. it should be like this.
Edited by Strat09 - 8/23/12 at 8:10am
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How is it possible in this day and age to take a blurry picture? Especially if one works with iPhones...!

 

Pic was taken with a Galaxy Nexus

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A5X will upset many but it is what I'm expecting. Well at least in the sense that it will be a chip in the same class. Most likely the unit will be process shrunk, and tuned for the platform.
Until there is a split in processor development I expect new tech to debut on iPad from now on out. IPad is where they need the performance the most. IPhone will simply get the shrunk and lower clocked hardware to meld with battery capacity.

A5X just doesn't make any sense. The X part of it is required for the huge (resolution-wise) screen on the new iPad, and would be useless on the iPhone unless the CPU speed increases as well.

I firmly belive the iPhone 5 will receive an A6 chip which we will later see in the "new new iPad" / iPad 4, maybe also as an X version with improved graphics, if still required.

To keep costs down, the iPad mini, so it will surface, will probable have the shrinked A5 as currently used in the aTV3, but of course with both cores enabled. It will then be on par with the iPad 2, both CPU-wise and resolution-wise. The new iPad will keep the A5X, maybe also shrinked to 32nm, but in that case as silent upgrade only.

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I see dead people /facetious.... any one remember "the sixth sense"
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Originally Posted by Strat09 View Post
Product launch will probably be around November.

 

Makes absolutely no sense at all. September.

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Makes absolutely no sense at all. September.

 

I'm gonna say October because everyone thought they were releasing it on the Sept 27th last year and instead it was announced on October 6, and they have to sell tickets, (which sell on the first day) but they give 2 weeks before the event to prepare, then shipped or sold at Apple Stores 2 weeks afterwards. And Apple is barely getting LG to make the in-cell screens. Shipments in Foxconn requires time after they are finished making them. So add 3 weeks to today. And then the screens have to be placed on the product on top of the phone. Add another 3 weeks ( this time the screen goes on top and the phone is made from the enclosure of the bottom and glass top... the screen is placed on top of the battery and logic board and then the glass ( with the front camera glued on, is pushed on top of it. It's easier to repair... it's made like an iPad. 2 pieces. Then uploading iOS to it, and testing it if works correctly, LTE Testing, Battery Life Testing, Gyroscope Testing, So 6 weeks plus announcement preparation (8 weeks) And shipping 3 weeks. So a total of 11 weeks to 14 Weeks. 

 

Remember it's manufacturing the screens, sending them, placing them on top along with the home button on top of the new dock, installing iOS on to them, then testing them, packaging, and sending them to their Apple Stores.

 

If it makes sense... you guys think it's Sept 23 (when the tickets to the product event are sold) like last years event.


Edited by Strat09 - 8/23/12 at 8:50am
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