Next-generation iPhones likely to focus on internal improvements.
Photos of Alleged iPhone 5C Logic Board Surface, Appears Very Similar to iPhone 5S Board
One set of photos was shared by C Technology, showing front and rear views of the part as well as a shot of nearly a dozen of the parts laid out on a table.
A second set was posted (registration required) to Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo (via Nowhereelse.fr), again showing the front and rear of the board.
Perhaps most interestingly, the features that can be seen on this iPhone 5C logic board reveal it to be extremely similar to the iPhone 5S logic board seen months ago in bare form and in a prototype device.
Leaked shells for the iPhone 5S and 5C have shown identical layouts for screw holes used to mount the respective logic boards, but today's photos show that even the physical connectors and components on the board itself are laid out in the same positions and orientations, at least as far as can be discerned with the shielding in place.
The iPhone 5S is expected to carry more advanced hardware than the iPhone 5C, with the iPhone 5C having been said to essentially be an iPhone 5 wrapped in a new plastic shell. But if these images are indeed accurate, it appears that Apple has reworked those iPhone 5 components to fit onto a new basic logic board design that is shared between the two new iPhone models.