Apple isn’t likely to launch its iPhone 5 successor until the fall, but numerous leaks have already painted a picture of what we may expect. The most recent tips to come from the rumor mill reveal what claims to be the iPhone 5S’ aluminum chassis along with a list of purported specs.
The image depicts a crate of aluminum chassis wrapped in plastic, which suggests the prototypes are ready to be shipped to the next production phase. These components look nearly identical to the White & Silver aluminum chassis found on the current iPhone 5, and a second image provides a close-up view of the chassis’ internal grooves and rear shell.
The photos, which originally appeared on Chinese website EXPReview, were accompanied by a list of purported specs as well. According to the Asian blog, the iPhone 5S will come with a 4-inch IGZO display panel with an 1136 x 640-pixel resolution, which is the same touch screen you’ll find on the current iPhone 5. This conflicts with earlier reports that suggested Apple is experimenting with larger 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch displays for future iPhones, although it hasn’t been made clear which devices these screens would be intended for. According to the leak, Apple fans can expect a dedicated quad-core GPU in the next iPhone iteration, as well as NFC capabilities.
Apple may pack the same A6 processor into its iPhone 5S with a higher clock speed, but the report doesn’t specify how much faster this chip will be. Apple fans may also expect a dedicated quad-core GPU in its next iPhone as well as NFC support, although false rumors from last year said the iPhone 5 would come with NFC capabilities.
While Apple is rumored to keep the same processor and display for the iPhone 5S, the next-generation handset may see an upgrade in terms of camera quality and memory. According to the report, a 12-megapixel dual-LED flash camera and 2GB of RAM are in the works for Apple’s next iPhone, keeping with previously leaked rumors of a dual flash shooter. If these specs are legitimate, this would represent a noticeable bump from the 8-megapixel single LED flash camera and 1GB of RAM found in the present iPhone 5.
A report from last week suggested that Apple is looking to compete with the likes of today’s advanced smartphone cameras by introducing a new “Mogul” feature. This addition would allow users to record video at an impressive 120 frames per second and shoot video in slow motion.
The iPhone 5’s 8-megapixel camera performed well in terms of image quality during our Smartphone Camera Shootout, but new features such as dual-flash LED and slow-motion mode could give Apple more of an edge against today’s newer smartphones.