The images above allegedly show a Foxconn assembly line in addition to some up close spy shots of what could possibly be Apple’s next generation iPhone 5S. The images were originally posted by Chinese tech site sjbbs.zol.com and later reposted by GizChina. In the images we see a front panel largely resembling the currently shipping iPhone 5, as well as some rather nice shots of the devices components, which is where we get clues that this is indeed the next-gen iPhone and not the iPhone 5.
As noted by German language site PCgameshardware.de, the iPhone shown in the images above appears to have a vibrating motor that differs from the iPhone 5. With the iPhone 4S, Apple used a linear oscillating vibrator as pictured in this teardown image. While it wasn’t exactly clear why, Apple switched back to the sometimes louder, rotational motor that utilizes a counterweight for the iPhone 5. The alleged images of the iPhone 5S above shows that Apple appears to be going back to a linear vibrating motor design, which also makes these spy shots a little bit more believable than otherwise.
The post also provides a rare shot of workers relaxing on Foxconn’s assembly line: