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iPhone 5S Back Panels Leaked Again

by Todd Haselton | July 17, 2013July 17, 2013 8:30 am PST


Apple’s upgrades between an existing model and the new “S” model usually aren’t very drastic. We might get treated to a better processor, new software features and an improved camera, though the body typically remains the same. The industrial design of the iPhone 5S probably won’t change, but it’s what’s under the hood that matters. Now we have new rumors that point us in the right direction.

EXP Review, which recently spotted the above leaked images on Chinese social network Weibo, said that there’s support that NFC technology will be included – though Apple itself has bashed that tech and seems to prefer AirDrop for file transfers – and that the phone will have a 4-inch IGZO display with the same 1136 x 640 resolution of current iPhones. It also believes Apple will add the rumored fingerprint reader, better graphics technology, improved memory and a superior camera than the one on the iPhone 5S.


We can’t see the camera module in the leaked images, though earlier shots have suggested we might be treated to a dual-LED flash on the back, which should improve shots in the dark. As you can see, the device looks nearly identical to the current aluminum and white iPhone, though the top and bottom panels haven’t been applied to the phone at this point in the manufacturing process.

Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone sometime around September.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...