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Alleged Parts for Upcoming iPhone Leak Again, Mute Switch to Become Push Button?

Several weeks ago, photos of a pair of parts alleged to be from the iPhone 5S surfaced through a Japanese parts vendor. The parts included a flex cable for the device's home button and a second flex cable housing the vibrator and volume/mute controls.

Another Japanese parts vendor, iLab Factory, has now posted a new set of photos showing not only those two parts but also a third flex cable that appears to house the device's front camera. iLab Factory points out that these parts may be from the iPhone 5S but could alternatively be from Apple's rumored lower-cost iPhone.

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Vibrator/audio control flex cable for iPhone 5S or lower-cost iPhone

One interesting item of note that we neglected to point out in our previous report relates to the vibrator/volume control flex cable. The part contains a strip of three buttons to run along the edge of the device, corresponding to the locations of the two volume buttons and the mute switch on previous iPhone models. But on this part, all three features appear to be buttons, suggesting that this upcoming iPhone may see the mute switch become a push button.

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iPhone 5 audio control cable with mute switch boxed in red (Source: iFixit)

iLab Factory also notes that the vibrator in this part uses a dual-head design, which is distinct from the iPhone 5 vibrator design, although it is unclear what may have prompted the change.

The other two parts shared by iLab Factory reveal little information, with the home button flex cable appearing essentially identical to the previously seen part except for a part number change from 821-1684-01 to 821-1684-02. These parts do, however, contain a significantly longer cable than seen on the corresponding iPhone 5 part.

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The layout of the front camera flex cable is nearly identical to the corresponding iPhone 5 part, although this leaked part is missing the microphone and other sensors seen on the iPhone 5 part offered by iFixit.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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17 months ago

Why?? Nothing is wrong with the toggle.


I think a toggle is BETTER than a button - not as easily pressed accidently. Plus, I can see the little orange color easier on a toggle to know that it's in silent/vibrate mode.

Of course, you'll get the snarky Samsung commercials about all the Apple fans waiting in line for a 'button instead of a toggle', and the Samsung sheep will eat it up.
Rating: 32 Votes
17 months ago
Teehee.... Dual-head vibrator...

Immaturity over...
Rating: 22 Votes
17 months ago
Why?? Nothing is wrong with the toggle.
Rating: 15 Votes
17 months ago
Maybe it will be too thin for a toggle.
Rating: 9 Votes
17 months ago

I'm SICK of leaks. I want it like the old days, where we had no clue what was going to happen with the next gen iDevice. I HATE leaks on Apple products. :mad:


Stop reading rumors sites.
Rating: 9 Votes
17 months ago
its likely a dedicated camera shutter button and the silent switch will be moved
Rating: 8 Votes
17 months ago
Since the iPhone 4, the silent switch has been really sturdy, I would hope it wouldn't become a button, because I imagine it would require some long press or need the screen on to trigger so it doesn't accidentally get triggered in your pocket. Not as easy as just flipping a switch, and it's one of those little things that the iPhone has that no other smartphone I've used has that's really convenient.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago

Are you kidding me? I drop my phone way too often to justify going without a case. That isn't an option for the majority of iPhone users. I always go thin profile, but it's still a problem.


Solution: Take care of a $699-899 item.

Never will I understand how people proudly go about saying 'OH I DROP MY PHONE ALL THE TIME!' It is not a good thing. It is a sign of clumsiness and of blasé - neither of which are endearing qualities.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago

I'm SICK of leaks. I want it like the old days, where we had no clue what was going to happen with the next gen iDevice. I HATE leaks on Apple products. :mad:


I'm thinking you frequent the wrong sites.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago
partrumors.com
Rating: 6 Votes

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