Photos of Alleged iPhone 5C Logic Board Surface, Appears Very Similar to iPhone 5S Board

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With Apple set to introduce its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at next Tuesday's media event, part leaks are continuing to appear revealing information about the devices. The latest part to appear is alleged to be the logic board for the iPhone 5C, completely assembled but unfortunately with shielding in place that keeps most of the chips and other components hidden.

    One set of photos was shared by C Technology, showing front and rear views of the part as well as a shot of nearly a dozen of the parts laid out on a table.

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    A second set was posted (registration required) to Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo (via, again showing the front and rear of the board.

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    Perhaps most interestingly, the features that can be seen on this iPhone 5C logic board reveal it to be extremely similar to the iPhone 5S logic board seen months ago in bare form and in a prototype device.

    Leaked shells for the iPhone 5S and 5C have shown identical layouts for screw holes used to mount the respective logic boards, but today's photos show that even the physical connectors and components on the board itself are laid out in the same positions and orientations, at least as far as can be discerned with the shielding in place.

    The iPhone 5S is expected to carry more advanced hardware than the iPhone 5C, with the iPhone 5C having been said to essentially be an iPhone 5 wrapped in a new plastic shell. But if these images are indeed accurate, it appears that Apple has reworked those iPhone 5 components to fit onto a new basic logic board design that is shared between the two new iPhone models.

    Article Link: Photos of Alleged iPhone 5C Logic Board Surface, Appears Very Similar to iPhone 5S Board
  2. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. mtneer macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2012
    Is it the same baseband chip with LTE? I hope there's some closer analysis on this.
  4. jav6454 macrumors Pentium


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  5. cuda12 macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Miami, FL
    MacRumors burning the midnight oil...on a weekend.
  6. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hmmm perhaps the rumors that the only diff is the antenna needed to work with China Mobile are true. And there is no 'cheap iphone'

    We will know in a few days
  7. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    I'm not sure what this means, but we're getting into the final hours before the main event.

    I'm looking forward to the 10th
  8. Zerilos macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    Couldn't this just mean that the logic board we saw months ago was for the 5c and not the 5s?
  9. Steelseries macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2013
    I'm deciding between buying the 5c unlocked or 5s with a contract.
  10. anshuvorty macrumors 6502


    Sep 1, 2010
    California, USA
    Every day, with more and more parts being leaked, iFixit's job of disassembling an iPhone 5S/5C becomes less mandatory. With all the leaks we have seen so far fro these upcoming phones, one could literally remake the iPhone 5S/5C from the pictures shown.

    This has to be the most leaked iPhone in the history of the iPhone's existence.

    Sorry if i sound condescending, but this is getting ridiculous....

    Tuesday will tell us if these rumors are rumors or if they are indeed legit news for the new phones...
  11. TSE macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Thought it was an iWatch with that logo in the middle of the picture, lol. Man I need sleep.
  12. Nicky G macrumors 6502a

    Nicky G

    Mar 24, 2002
    Baltimore & NYC
    I've bought every new iPhone the day they were released since the original, I think, and you know... I'm just not positive the 5S (or 5C) is going to have what it takes to get me to line up on day 1. It just seems so good already, and with iOS 7, it's going to feel like a brand new device.

    We shall see! And who am I kidding, I'll most likely get one. :rolleyes:
  13. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    How do you always have the 1st comment of every front page story? :confused:
  14. VanillaCracker macrumors 68000


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    No life
  15. Some guy macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2013
  16. topper24hours macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2012
    Lol, if you've bought the other six, my money is on you getting this one as well! Why break tradition? =P
  17. tbrand7 macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2013
    New York
    They got to keep up with 9to5Mac. They're posting the same articles...
  18. PorterRocks macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2010
    As have I. Based on what we know I feel the same way about the 5S… for now. We'll see what Tim shows us on Tuesday. However, since selling all my previous iPhones more than pays for a new iPhone every year, I'll probably be getting one no matter what. It feels like a free upgrade. :apple:
  19. tonytiger13 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    No, I think it means that Apple reworked the manufacturing process to be more efficient. Why manufacture different board shapes and layouts when you can just do the same. The back cases might also share manufacturing steps up to a certain point. Of course the chips that go on them would most likely be different. Guess we'll wait until the iFixit tear down to see if this is indeed the case.


    iPhone 5¢ and iPhone 5$
  20. ogremoustro macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The most leaked iPhone was the iPhone 4. A completely working phone was leaked.
  21. Mr. Gates macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    I thought I would direct you to this helpful and informative video regarding the new iPhone naming systems
  22. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Ifixit's work is still indispensable. They often identify components that even the best leaked photos can't reveal because of poor resolution, and they often do levels of teardown you wouldn't see on a production board to reveal these parts. They also usually identify the parts beyond the visible part number shown, especially if it is a custom built chip with 3rd party IP in it, like a dialog PMIC.

    They also do repair guides and analysis, which is their business model actually. Their partnership with Chipworks for die scans will never be trivialized by PCB leaks either.

    It's a shame the SoC identifier isn't visible. That would answer questions about the 5S baseband chip in addition to the 5C SoC question.
  23. Aluminum213 macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
  24. Donoban macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2013

    Thanks for stating the obvious bro.

    However, your first two statements are incorrect. We still don't know what type of CPU these bad boys will be running.

    Do you recall the blogger/journalist that picked up an iPhone that an apple engineer forgot? He claimed he thought the apple guy left it for him to pick up so he could do a story on the new phone. Many Lolz were had over this.

    Just a tip that may help you once you enter he workforce to avoid looking like a goose, You can state your opinions as fact but you should do some research first in case they are wrong.

    Lets do a FaceTime on our new 5s phones sometime.

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