The rear panel looks very similar to the one currently shipping on the iPhone 5, likely because of Apple’s pattern of introducing two models with the same design before redesigning. However, the rear panel of the 5S does have some differences, including the placement of several screw holes for attachment of the logic board to the shell. They are located in different areas than in the iPhone 5.Apple appears to be already working on the next generation iPhone, being called the iPhone 5S based on Apple’s naming pattern for previous generations. On Wednesday, parts company ETrade Supply published images of what they claim to be a rear panel of the upcoming iPhone 5S. Apple’s iPhone 5 was released less than 4 months ago and already, there are reports that a new generation is in the works.
There are several other differences in component placement in the rear panel, such as the writing on the back which typically describes the IMEI and other regulatory identifiers. However, nothing confirms that this is in fact an entirely different phone than the one currently available for sale. It is likely that this was an earlier prototype of the iPhone 5 and Apple scrapped this design for one being used now. Last month, reports from DigiTimes suggested that Apple was already working on the trial production of the iPhone 5S. The rear panel released in the images above appear to have a build quality similar to Apple’s, suggesting that this is likely not a knockoff.
If Apple is in fact working on the iPhone 5S already, the company will likely retain the current iPhone 5 design, include the faster A6X chip found in the fourth generation iPad, and bump up the quality of the front and rear facing cameras.