New pictures of an alleged iPhone 5 part surfaced today, showing what appears to be a dock connector, as well as the ribbon to link the connector to the iPhone 5 motherboard. The only marking visible on the part reads ‘821-1300-02HF/c1’, a reference number never seen on previous generation iPhones. The part was uncovered by Apple.pro, an Apple news site based in Taiwan. According to the site, the component is part of a new sliding cover mechanism, similar to the one featured in most Android phones. While not explicitly mentioned by the report, this new sliding cover is most likely designed to conceal a physical keyboard, a capability never featured on an iPhone this far. Note that the site clearly mentions that the part comes from an iPhone 5 prototype, which means that the sliding cover may never make it into the final design.
While the pictures seem a bit sketchy at first glance, the site has proved to be extremely reliable when it comes to leaked pictures of upcoming iOS-powered devices parts, such as new battery designs, new screens, and even motherboards of unreleased Macs. Also note that late last week, an alleged picture of the bezel of the iPhone 5 surfaced, showing a larger cutout for an ‘edge-to-edge’ 4-inch screen.