Apple A8 (mockup 001)

In late-July, a claimed iPhone 6 circuit board leaked on the web. As it lacked the actual chips (it only showed the pin layout), it left watchers guessing as to whether the handset might include much-rumored NFC capability for a rumored Apple-branded mobile payment service.

Today, a photo purportedly showing a fully assembled logic board of the iPhone 6 has surfaced. Published by a Taiwanese blog, it reveals several semiconductor components such as a Toshiba flash chip and a Wi-Fi module…

As MacRumors points out, the photo reposted by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate] doesn’t show the most crucial component — an Apple-designed A8 processor, rumored to be clocked at 2GHz per core.

MacRumors editor Eric Slivka explains:

While several physical features such as the nano-SIM slot, a number of connectors for flex cable components, and a flash storage chip that appears to be from Toshiba are visible in the somewhat blurry photo, the most interesting components of the board unfortunately remain hidden under electromagnetic shielding.

A silver component at the bottom of the board on the left is almost certainly the Wi-Fi module, although no identifiable markings can be seen.

It’s safe to assume that the A8 processor is hidden beneath the shielding on the right.

And here’s the claimed photo:

Assembled iPhone 6 logic board (Apple.club.tw 001)

Another photo appears to show an iPhone 6 flex cable that matches up nicely to a photo of the front panel display assembly that was posted just yesterday.

iPhone 6 flex cable (Apple.club.tw 001)

Both 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models should be announced at a media event reportedly scheduled for September 9. Most of the rumors floating around center on a thinner, metal-clad Unibody enclosure, a faster A8 chip, a Sony-made 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, several new sensors and more.

Whether or not the next iPhone will include NFC remains anyone’s guess.

If you ask Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller (who just took the Ice Bucket Challenge to help fight against ALS), it’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem.

Apple’s many patents may offer some additional clues in the form of NFC-powered digital media gifting between iOS devices, wireless data exchange over NFC, proximity-based data transfers, the connected home and an iWallet.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Hahahaha.. xD so funny phil.. xD LOL

  • Franky C

    Does anyone know if the new iPhone will have the ability to talk and surf the web like the AT&T phones allow you to do? Will verizon finally have that ability?

    • Stefano

      Most likely not, that is on the network side

    • Dan

      can’t you already do that? 0.o

    • this is dependent on the network. The iPhone supports this capability and Verizon will gain simultaneous talk and web once they drop CDMA altogether and switch to all-LTE network.

      iOS 8 will support Voice over IP protocol which uses high-speed LTE data network to transfer voice as data so you’ll be able to talk and surf at the same time

      • Franky C

        Does that mean older iPhone models will be able to talk and surf? If they upgrade to iOS 8?

      • arvindb02

        I think all iPhones support talk and surf but not all carriers support it.

      • Franky C

        Why is it such an issue for verizon or other carriers to support something simple that’s been done for over 7 years by AT&T?

      • Keir Dicus

        Well, it’s not a simple as you think. This would require the networks to build a specific type of network which most of them have not. AT&T has it simply because they jumped on the bandwagon early on and it turned out to be beneficial to the company as the consumers wanted more demand for smartphones during that time

      • Franky C

        I assumed it had to do with the internals of the phone. Otherwise with all the hotspots it’s not that much of an issue but it would be nice to have when there aren’t any hotspots around.

    • Antzboogie

      On T-Mobile and Boost you can not Sprint.

  • Stefano

    Does anyone here use NFC? I used it for the very first time a few weeks ago in Duane Reade pharmacy here in NYC. I don’t see the “big picture” everyone’s talking about

    • arvindb02

      Get an NFC sticker and stick it beside your bed. Program it to mute your phone and enable your alarm when you set it down. 😉

      • Stefano

        That would be cool!

      • Jacob S

        I am using that to control my Philips hue lights too. It’s cool besides to pay using stored credit card in some stores.

  • James Gunaca

    I wonder if Phil’s video was shot with a 5S or a 6!?