More iPhone 5 Parts Leaked and iOS 5 Reveals LTE support

Submitted by lalit on August 22, 2011 - 8:54am.

Just last week images showing the new iPhone 5 headphone jack and flex cable for the jack were leaked. And now more images of various iPhone 5 parts including battery pack, back camera assembly and flex cable have been leaked. MacRumors has posted images comparing the leaked iPhone 5 parts with iPhone 4 parts and the images show that they are definitely different.

The shape of the iPhone 5 battery is roughly same as current iPhone 4 battery, but it has a rotated connector when compared to iPhone 4 battery connector. Also the part numbers are different 616-0580 on iPhone 5 battery, while 616-0513 and 616-0521 on current iPhone 4 battery. However the batteries have similar power ratings, with iPhone 5 battery showing 3.7V and 5.3Whr, whereas the iPhone 4 battery shows 3.7V and 5.25Whr.

As for the camera assembly, though the flash design looks very similar to current iPhone 4 model, but the specifications of both the modules are very different. Also the silver ring around the camera lens and flash would indicate that the back panel design of iPhone 5 has changed from current iPhone 4 model. It is rumored that iPhone 5 will have an 8-megapixel camera in place of 5-megapixel camera.

MacRumors also talked with iFixit’s Kyle Wiens, known for their gadget teardowns and he said, “part numbers were reasonable, and the markings consistent with the currently shipping cable”. This would indicate that these parts are for upcoming iPhone 5 and the part number are consistent with what Apple normally uses on their iDevices.

In other Apple related news, iOS 5 beta released for the developers show code with references of LTE support. The LTE plist file is available in GSM iPhone 4 and CDMA iPad 2 iOS 5 software. It was previously rumored that Apple has started testing LTE support with carriers and these plist files are confirmation of that. Some blogs are even suggesting that this would indicate that upcoming iPhone 5 would have LTE support. But we think rather than next gen iPhone it will be the next gen iPad that will feature LTE support.

Since iPad was introduced last year Apple has added new technologies to iPad first before bringing them to the iPhone like the A4 and A5 processors. It is very likely that Apple would do the same with LTE, as iPad has bigger battery to support the power requirement of LTE chip. Also the second generation LTE chip from Qualcomm that Apple wants for their devices won’t ship till first half of 2012, which would means that iPad 3 and iPhone 6 are more likely candidates to get LTE support than upcoming iPhone 5.