First images of iPhone 5S?

Related to the “Apple’s suppliers leak info like sieves…”quip from yesterday, today we have some suspected images of the iPhone 5S. What’s different? Well, not too much actually. At least from the pictures that have emerged.

The pictures come via ETrade Supply and come with this caveat:

From the background, it seems that the pictures were taken at the assembly line of an operation stage. The photographer has showed the front and rear side of the housing, which looks very similar to the iPhone 5. However, the reason why we say it is a suspected iPhone 5s rear housing is that the specific information below the logo, which are replaced by “X”. Usually, the parts with “X” stand for test prototype.

What they are referring to is that in this picture:

Iphone 5s shell exterior

There is no “XXGB” or anything else to indicate prototypes (at least in the fashion Apple has done before). The back case outside image doesn’t look any different than current models, but the inside is different:

Iphone 5s 5 rear shells

MacRumors points out that the “iPhone 5S” could be pre-production versions of the iPhone 5 itself. No way to know for sure based on the placement of a few components and screw holes. Maybe this is the iPhone 5S, maybe not.

Next question would be when will Apple release it. What do you think? Spring? Summer? Fall?

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