Contrary to reports that Apple is retiring the iPhone forever, 9to5Mac pulled over these Chinese snapshots of what they say is Foxconn assembly line. And on that assembly line — yep, The Next iPhone. Maybe.
The shots, if they are real (and given China’s track record with leaked photos the last time around, probably are) confirm what we already guessed. The iPhone 5S, or whatever name it might take, will just be a faster, stronger iPhone 5. It’s going to be the same size. Really, it’ll probably look the exact same. But the Chinese images show internals that’ve been shifted around, indicating the presence of new parts that couldn’t fit where they used to. So, yes: a faster processor, maybe more memory, maybe some other things!
9to5Mac also notes that the iPhone 5 HD will go back to the vibration motor used in previous models, which was thicker (a strange choice) but also louder (a welcome choice for anyone habitually late to work).
Expect more photos where these came from. When it comes to iPhone leaks, when it rains, it pours. Head over to 9to5Mac for the rest of the shots. [9to5Mac]
Bonus: Grainy photo of Foxconn workers in clean suits sitting around shooting dice or something.