Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone (or phones) in the next few weeks, and as usual the rumor mill is on fire. Also right on schedule are the flurry of purported next-gen components we’re seeing pop up all over the web.

But so far, the parts haven’t really amounted to much. Although some differences have been noted, the pieces in general look very similar to those found in the iPhone 4. Finally, some parts have surfaced that actually matter…

9to5Mac passes on these photos of “leaked” iPhone 5 parts. The images were originally published by, and depict a high-resolution camera module with an LED flash and a modified audio cable.

Although we’ve been hearing rumors that Apple’s new smartphone will be sporting an upgraded 8MP camera, we haven’t seen any hard evidence of that yet. And while the image above is far from confirmation, it does lend support to the theory.

“The camera can see in the photo is quite different from that of the previous generation iPhone. The new camera is round and seems more megapixels.”

Yeah, Google Translate didn’t give us a lot to work with, but it doesn’t take much to see that the module is indeed different. Just look at the iPhone 4’s camera module below. There’s a definite difference in size and quality.

The site also included a snapshot of an audio cable that they believe belongs to Apple’s upcoming smartphone. As 9to5Mac points out, the part seems odd because its volume buttons are positioned on the right hand side, instead of the left.

Of course, all of this still falls under the “speculation/rumor” waiver, so as usual take it with a grain of salt. But unlike the other purported iPhone components we’ve seen turn up recently, the parts above seem to indicate a different-looking device.

Or maybe that’s just us still holding onto hope that Apple unveils a completely revamped iPhone model this Fall, rather than merely a reincarnated iPhone 4. What do you think?

  • Interesting. This would put the volume on the same side as iPad. Perhaps it will have a smart cover lol

  • im happy that the leaks are from a website of my (half lol) country

  • I like the idea of a smart cover! 😀 LOL

    I also like the idea of an 8Mg Pix Camara!

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    – Eric

  • Jamie

    I know a pixel count isn’t a true reflection of quality but I really don’t see why Apple don’t go slightyl higher than 8 megapixels, not to mention the flash, i’d really like to see the iPhone compete with dedicated cameras more, the Nokia has a 12 megapixel with Xenon flash.

    The current iPhone takes good quality pictures but only in well lit scenarios, at night it sucks donkey balls .. I just wish they’d equip it on a par, or higher, with the Nokia N8, I know people say it’s only a phone camera but they also say the best camera is the 1 you have with you so why not have 1 that is as good as any dedicated camera ??

    I’d also really like to see HDMI support like the N8 but I doubt that will happen, truth be told, if it wasn’t for the lousy OS on the N8, I probably would have bought 1 of them lol, the OS let’s it down so much.

    • mmm

      The enthusiast level digital cameras (Canon G12, Panasonic LX5, etc.) have held the line at 10MP and they have much bigger sensors, because cramming more megapixels does not increase image quality.

      If you go higher than 10MP, then your night shots will be even worse.

      • Jamie

        I did say megapixels aren’t a true representation of quality and as for the low quality night shots, the Nokia N8 would beg to differ, it is 12 and the shots it takes at night are very good but then that has a lot to do with the Carl Zeiss optics and the Xenon flash, the LED flash on the iPhone sucks and that is something they should improve but it seems, yet again, they won’t.

  • Jay

    this is a very random thought, but a lot of rumors have said that volume keys and mute switch have moved. could apple be adding a dedicated “shutter” button on the other side for the new iPhone? idk just a stupid thought.

    • Jamie

      Can’t see it tbh, not with the volume button being introduced as a shutter button in iOS 5 .. Would be nice though, along with a whole host of other things that we’ll probably never see from an Apple handset like bluetooth file sharing, expandable memory, use the device as a usb storage device, theme support, access to the file structure without jailbreaking .. I’m fairly confident that if things like this were implemented they would turn a lot of Android users onto iOS.

  • Josh

    I’M SICK TIRED OF THESE GOD DAMN RUMOURS. The effing iPhone 5 is not out yet, they don’t even know THE BLOODY NAME. This blog is full of “next iPhone to sport 8MP camera”, “next iPhone will have A5 processor”. FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, WHO CARES?! People will actually give a damn when the oh so holy iPhone 5 IS OUT. I think this blog should focus on what iOS 5, which WAS ACTUALLY REVEALED, has to offer. And not feed the readers with myths and rumours like “according to 9to5mac” and all that shit… And i’m sorry to be the one ranting about this things, and of course I am aware of the hard work of the people in iDB, but come on. Where did the blog that made me want to stay, go?

    So yeah, that’s about all I had to say. Thanks

    • Josh Lee

      Have you ever followed any Apple site when a new Apple product right around the corner? If you have, you would know that rumors go crazy during that timeframe. And EVERY Apple blog site posts them, not just iDB. That being said, Why would they continue to post about iOS 5 when they have already posted all that is to be said about it?
      If you don’t like it, go somewhere else.

  • This is solid information and goes beyond just a rumor. Its reported on so many tech blogs because these are actual components and not just renders made by someone with photoshop and an imagination. C’mon, enjoy the ride. 🙂

  • goofygreek

    Hey, google translate is getting better. Should say “seems TO HAVE more megapixels.” But you get the point without me having to say that. I didnt see anything else on the site that really sticks out.

  • Jj

    The black jack flex in the picture is upside down the headphone port is facing towards the bottom. If you flip it up. You will see it does fit perfectly with the curent volume/mute switch/headphone jack.

  • Sb

    If you don’t give a crap about the iphone why the hell are you reading an iphone blog?????? Just throwing it out there who’s with me?

    • Josh

      Oh, you see, that’s where you’re wrong. I DO give a crap about iPhones and THAT IS why I visit this iPhone blog almost daily.

      HAD THIS BEEN AN IPHONE 5 BLOG, you would’ve had a point. I am aware of the fact that the iPhone 5 is coming out in the next few weeks, but that’s no reason to kill the blog, is it?

      Goodbye and good luck with your yet-to-be-named new generation iPhone.

  • 1up

    ++1. I’m with u all except the guy whining. Speculation is fun. Seeing these renderings of what the iPhone may look like is interesting because it’s all up in the air until it’s unveiled. Come on bro, don’t hate just cuz its something ur not into.

    • Josh

      I’m obviously “into” Apple and iPhones, that’s why I’m here. Or am I wrong? I even have one, which wouldn’t be really hard to tell.

  • David

    Last Comment

    Y U NO like?

    • David

      Seriously but why did my last comment get deleted?