Earlier today, Nowhereelse.fr highlighted new part photos posted by Japanese vendor Moumantai showing what is claimed to be from the iPhone 5S or perhaps Apple's lower-cost iPhone. The part corresponds to an iPhone 5 part attached to the top end of the main logic board, but does contain some layout differences.

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Nowhereelse.fr and other sites have speculated that the part is related to camera functionality given its proximity to the front and rear cameras on the iPhone, but we chatted with iFixit's Miro Djuric and determined that it appears to be primarily related to wireless antenna functionality, although its exact role has not been confirmed.

The corresponding iPhone 5 part houses a low noise amplifier from Skyworks that is involved in cellular connectivity. The part shown in the new photos also contains an antenna connector, which appears to correspond to one located nearby on the main logic board in the iPhone 5. That iPhone 5 connector is believed (but not confirmed) to be for the device's Wi-Fi antenna.

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While Apple has tweaked the layout of this part somewhat, it is very similar to the corresponding iPhone 5 part and does not immediately reveal any major changes for the device that will use it.

Minor parts for the next-generation iPhone have been leaking over the last several months, although identification of the devices associated with those parts has been made more difficult by rumors that Apple is looking to introduce both an iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone later this year. In past years, Apple's strategy has been to release just one new model while keeping previous models available at lower price points.

Top Rated Comments

testcard Avatar
108 months ago
Am I the only one here who looks at these leaked photos and thinks: "I have absolutely no idea what I'm looking at". I might as well be gazing at an X-ray of my spleen.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
camnchar Avatar
108 months ago
A possible antenna-related part of a possible new iPhone. I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight after reading this.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
theBostonian Avatar
108 months ago
Am I the only one here who looks at these leaked photos and thinks: "I have absolutely no idea what I'm looking at". I might as well be gazing at an X-ray of my spleen.

I thought soft tissue was essentially invisible to x-rays, thus your spleen wouldn't appear on the photo :(
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Robert.Walter Avatar
108 months ago
"from-upcoming-iphone-surfaces"

For a moment I was afraid that there was a new hybrid product on the way...

But only for a moment, thankfully, shudder..,
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nightarchaon Avatar
108 months ago
I thought soft tissue was essentially invisible to x-rays, thus your spleen wouldn't appear on the photo :(

Maybe he has a spleen of steel..
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
theBostonian Avatar
107 months ago
However if you were looking at an X-Ray specifically of your organs, they'd have put the liquid in ;)

I can't help but feel we've gone off track here. :D

Yes, remind me never to make terrible jokes on an online forum.

This is mainly why I don't post very often, sigh...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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