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Photos claim to show Lightning connector flex cable and speaker for unannounced iPhone model

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New photos from the Far East claim to show the dock connector flex cable and loudspeaker for an unknown iPhone model, with the parts possibly bound for either Apple's next-generation handset or an inexpensive version rumored to see release this fall.

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Source: NoWhereElse.fr


The images, first spotted by NoWhereElse.fr, were published by Chinese parts retailer TVC-Mall, which claims the components are bound for one of two unannounced iPhone models.

While the parts appear to be very similar to the Lightning connector/headphone jack flex cable and loudspeaker designs found in the current iPhone 5, AppleInsider cannot verify the authenticity of the hardware, and offers the following for purposes of discussion only.

The flex cable is of particular interest because it looks to carry Apple's proprietary Lightning dock connector. As seen in the comparison photo below, the allegedly new part varies from the existing iPhone 5 component in a number of ways.

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First, the purportedly leaked flex cable has a slightly modified connector and redesigned pressure contacts, as well as repositioned grounding points. Also slightly altered from the iPhone 5 version is a sidewall mounting structures, which in the photo appears to be minutely offset.

The rest of the cable carries the same electronics as the current iteration, including an identically mounted Lightning port and headphone jack, as well as an antenna connector.

As for the speaker, the supposedly new model has a slightly larger and squared-off resonance chamber and relocated ground contacts. The part is similar to another speaker reportedly "leaked" in January.

Speaker


Rumors of a next-generation iPhone are heating up as the end of Apple's annual refresh cycle draws near. Earlier this month, photos of a plastic casing allegedly built for a low-cost iPhone appeared on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. A separate group of photos released that same day claimed to show multicolor SIM card trays, a dual-weighted vibration motor and other internal components belonging to Apple's next-gen handset.

Finally, a report last week revealed shots of an allegedly new camera module and tweaked home button.
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Every year, pundits insist on "naming" Apple's next-gen handset. Some have said 5S this year. IMO, 6 is a better fit; we can assume they will not call a spade a spade and name it "iPhone 7" lol.gif

Thanks AI for not doing that in this article
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I'm holding off for the 1.21 Jigowatt Lightning connecter Flux Capacitor cable myself!

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They can just increment the number and announce the new iPhone as iPhone 7, in sync with iOS 7 numbering.  

Also, OS X Mavericks broke the cats series. It will be fun seeing it as iPhone 7.

The bigger iPhone looks like this... 1smoking.gif

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We are getting a lot of leak parts lately.  imo Apple will release something before the fall.

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Originally Posted by herbapou View Post

We are getting a lot of leak parts lately.  imo Apple will release something before the fall.

I'd be fine with that- Summer ends Sept 21st- so we'll see.

 

A louder speaker (or even better positioned) would be a welcome change.  Particularly with how well they have revamped the microphones on the 5 to work great with speakerphone/facetime.

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We are getting a lot of leak parts lately.  imo Apple will release something before the fall.

One is "lots"? It's fewer than we've ever had. October.

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Originally Posted by herbapou View Post

We are getting a lot of leak parts lately.  imo Apple will release something before the fall.

If I recall correctly, the iPhone 5 was able to be reconstructed (including the body) minus a few on-board chips from all the part leaks long before it was unveiled.

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Originally Posted by TimmyDax View Post

Every year, pundits insist on "naming" Apple's next-gen handset. Some have said 5S this year. IMO, 6 is a better fit; we can assume they will not call a spade a spade and name it "iPhone 7" lol.gif

Thanks AI for not doing that in this article

 

I agree that editorially it should be "next generation iPhone", but if I were a betting man, I'd bet they'd name the next iPhone the 5S, unless the next iPhone is the rumored lower-priced iPhone.

 

The numbering makes sense:

iPhone 1

iPhone 2 (never released)

iPhone 3G, 3GS

iPhone 4, 4S

iPhone 5, 5S

 

The numbers represent the body of the iPhone model.  The "S" is the Second edition of that body, if it exists.  The only anomaly is the "G" they used in addition to skipping the iPhone 2 to match the iPhone 3G with the 3G cell.

 

If they come out with an iPhone 6, it would be a redesigned body of iPhone, which of course they may or may not do this year, but I actually prefer the tick-tock life-cycle of the iPhones.

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The only anomaly is the "G" they used in addition to skipping the iPhone 2...

Because there was nothing to skip.

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