Yet another component has hit the iPhone 5 rumor mill — a motherboard — which fits perfectly into the shells of purported iPhone 5 form factors:
It appears that the rumor mill will continue to produce piecemeal evidence that we already know what the iPhone 5 will look like up until the day of the big announcement To date, we’ve seen form factors, home buttons, chassis, glass tops, and now a motherboard, which appears to feature the same elongated dimensions of everything else we’ve seen up to this point.
And it fits into the purported iPhone 5 shells perfectly.
“The photos appear to be the front and back of the next generation iPhone logic board which houses the processor and other support chips for the device. The board is distinct from both the Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 logic boards. . . . the screw holes of the logic board lines up exactly with those of the previously leaked shells . . .”
MacRumors also adds some veracity to this claim by pointing out this is the same Asian source that successfully sourced and leaked the iPhone 4S’s motherboard in 2011. MacRumors notes that “This leak is somewhat less revealing as much of the shielding remains in place.”
For those who are convinced that we have been seeing is indeed the next iPhone, the appearance of this motherboard is just another piece of the puzzle, and proof positive that these parts are the result of the iPhone 5 entering mass production mode in China. And for those who still find the appearance of these parts to be a red herring, the suspension of disbelief only gets more and more difficult to maintain.
It requires a large measure of a belief in a vast, Apple-wing conspiracy theory.
Skeptics look at the overall look and design of the purported iPhone 5 and sense that something seems “off” in its design, while also believing that Apple would not be capable of such a widespread security fail on the eve of one of their biggest product releases ever. At the same time, denying all of these reports means that either Apple or some consortium of conspirators in the tech media have fabricated a completely fake iPhone 5 — complete with its own exhaustive set of custom-made faux components, all of which appear to fit together with one another — with the express purpose of throwing off the tech media and/or capitalizing on the “big” business of rumor mongering.
Because all of the parts and components have surfaced from different sources, it’s hard to imagine that a ruse — if there is one — is being perpetuated by one person or organization, save perhaps Apple.
There’s simply no way of knowing. And both possible truths are hard to swallow: either Cupertino has engaged in a silly disinformation campaign that wouldn’t be worth the effort, or they have managed to completely lose their grip on security, neither of which is bound to affect Apple users once their new device is released and sells at epic levels. But in the meantime, it makes for an interesting story.
By Michael Nace