We’re starting to see leaks of hardware supposedly originating from factories in China that will be producing Apple’s iPhone 5.
Today’s leak comes courtesy of iPhoneItalia, with photos they claim are speakers and dock cables for the next iPhone.
The above photo claims to be of the speaker from an iPhone 5, though the cables currently attached would presumably be replaced with on-board connectors. The design and layout of the part has prompted iPhone Italia to believe the iPhone 5 will not sport a capacitive Home button as rumored, but rather will continue to use the current hardware implementation.
We’re led to believe the second photo is of the next generation handset’s dock connector cable. Interestingly, this is the cable we tend to see leaked before every major iDevice announcement. Perhaps the guy making these in China is the same guy that’s leaked the rest? Or maybe we’re reading too much into a couple of pieces of printed circuit board.
The two parts reportedly came out of a Chinese factory and are already in production, though there is no mention of how many are being produced.
With Apple not expected to announce the 5th generation iPhone until later in the year, we’re sure to see more purported leaks of hardware until the time CEO Steve Jobs puts sneaker to stage.
That’s assuming nobody finds one in a bar before then.