There have been several purported iPhone 5S leaks and rumors sprinkled throughout 2013, claiming to show an internal part or have details on what new features may be included in the unannounced device. Today the iPhone 5S leak train continues, but rather than staring at images of some random component, we're getting a peek at what may be an assembled prototype unit.
Some new photos posted by MacRumors claim to show the backside and inside of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5S. Looking at the device's rear without its cover, we can see a battery with a capacity of 5.92 Whr, which is larger than the iPhone 5's 5.45 Whr battery. Meanwhile, the processor of this iPhone 5S prototype has a code that reads "1243," suggesting that it was made in October of 2012. The chip isn't labeled, so it's not known if it's the same A6 processor found in the iPhone 5 or something else.
Moving on to the backside of this device, we can see a rear shell that looks pretty much like the iPhone 5 that many folks have in their pocket right now. The one big difference is the flash that's sitting to the right of the camera; rather than the circular, single LED flash found on the iPhone 5, this appears to be a taller, dual-LED flash that's similar to the layout shown in a recent case maker design leak. That new flash also up with a rumor from earlier this year that claimed that the next iPhone will sport an improved flash. A separate report suggested that the iPhone 5S camera could be beefed up to 13-megapixels, but it isn't clear if that's the case with this unit.
While some may be disappointed that the alleged iPhone 5S in these photos looks fairly similar to the current iPhone 5, many expect that 2013 will bring a new iPhone that looks similar to its predecessor but sports a few upgraded internals, just like when Apple followed the iPhone 3G with the 3GS and the iPhone 4 with the 4S. That may not be the most exciting news ever, but the good news is that at least iOS users will be getting some totally refreshed software to play with this year thanks to iOS 7. Are you planning on upgrading to the iPhone 5S when it's released?