New iPhone rumours have been flooding in this week, with leaked images showing what could be our fist glimpse at Apple's next generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, straight from the assembly line. In addition to the new iPhone rumours, a cheaper, budget iPhone, which many have nicknamed the iPhone mini, have been hotting up following the appearance of purported blueprints of the device for accessory makers.
Here, we round up the latest new iPhone rumours.
'First photo of iPhone 5S on assembly line'
This week, G4Games highlighted an image from Chinese blogging site Weibo that appears to be the first photo of the next-generation iPhone's display on the assembly line.
The photograph matches up with other recent leaks from around the web, showing a front panel which closely resembles that of the iPhone 5, suggesting that the next iPhone will boast significant internal changes while keeping the same external appearance as its predecessor.
The photo also suggests that the next iPhone has entered mass production, and many expect Apple to host a September event to unveil the device, which is likely to ship with iOS 7.
Photos of prototype iPhone 5S show A7 chip and new dual-LED flash
Also this week, MacRumors shared several photos of what is purported to be an iPhone 5S prototype. The photos expand upon a series of leaked images from last week, giving us a closer look at the device's main chip, rear camera and the new dual-LED flash.
In one of the photographs, the chip number 'APL0698' can be read, which is believed to mean that the new iPhone will have an all new A7 chip rather than a modification of the iPhone 5's A6 chip, which carries the number 'APL0598'. The iPad 4 has an A6X chip with the number 'APL 5598'.
In addition to the chip number, the photo also suggests that the iPhone 5S's chip will have Elpida DRAM with 1GB, like the A6 chip.
Based on the date codes shown in the photos, MacRumors believes that the prototype was assembled in December.
The chip's identifier, which differs from the identifiers of previous chips in that it begins with the letter K, could suggest that the chips are being supplied by TSMC, as previously rumoured, rather than Apple's current supplier, Samsung. However, some rumours have suggested that TSMC won't begin making chips for Apple until the A8 chip, which could arrive in a device in early 2014.
Close ups of the back of the iPhone 5S prototype show the previously spotted dual-LED flash in more detail. It is expected that Apple's next iPhone will boast a significantly better camera with improved low-light shooting, and this new photograph suggests that these predictions are correct.
New iPhone 5S concept created based on leaked photos
With all of these newly leaked photographs, it's only natural a new concept has been created. This one comes from GottaBeMobile, and shows a new iPhone with an improved display and the dual-LED flash next to the rear camera.
As well as the new speculation about the next generation iPhone, we've also seen some reports about the rumoured budget iPhone, dubbed iPhone mini.
Budget iPhone cases and blueprint leaked
Macotakara has highlighted photos and a video of what is believed to be a case designed for the low-cost iPhone. Judging by the case's proportions, the cheaper iPhone could be thicker than the iPhone 5, with rounded edges reminiscent of the iPhone 3GS.
This case was followed by allegedly leaked schematics that supposedly originated from Apple to enable accessory makers to be prepared for the launch of new devices. The blueprints claim to be for an 'iPhone Light' and 'iPhone 5S', with the iPhone 5S closely resembling the iPhone 5, and the iPhone Light sporting the same rounded corners and thicker design as the leaked low-cost iPhone case.
Further still, Apple Insider then created 3D renderings based on those schematics, to illustrate what the budget iPhone could look like.