Bogus iPhone 5S photos begin popping up

February 12, 2013

Here we go again: The iPhone 5S is inevitable, and now we can start to see photos of the next-generation iPhone.

Most of these photos and reports are coming from Chinese blogs, including sjbbbs.zol.com.cn (how’s that for a domain name!). That blog published photos of the iPhone 5S in production, despite the fact that the device is an iPhone 5 clone.

As MacRumors points out, the photos show internals of the iPhone 5S, revealing a battery capacity of 1130 mAh, compared to the 1440 of the iPhone 5; an SD card slot (no way in hell); loose red and black wires connecting components (not Apple’s style); and a green PCB for the connector bearing no resemblance to Apple’s Lightning connector.

It’s very likely the iPhone 5S will resemble the iPhone 5 almost identically. As Apple has done in the past, the “S” version of their phone typically includes a speed bump and possibly one new feature. For example, the iPhone 4S brought us a faster iPhone and Siri, Apple’s personal assistant. Many are hoping the iPhone 5S brings us some kind of NFC technology, allowing for mobile payments.

There have been ongoing rumors about Apple releasing a cheaper version of its iPhone. While SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller argues that Apple doesn’t release cheap devices, rather, quality devices that people want, a less-expensive iPhone would help Apple increase its market share, which it has lost to Samsung.

Apple still wins the fight when it comes to profit margin — which is really all that matters when it comes to business.

An updated iPhone is expected to be released sometime this summer.

What are you hoping for on the next-generation iPhone?

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