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iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5 Photos Show Design, Home Button, Camera Details



A new set of iPhone 5S photos appeared online over the weekend, showing a comparison of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C.

These photos from a Vietnamese tech publication are production mock ups of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, not real production models from an Apple assembly line.

The photos show a nearly finished iPhone 5S mock up that a case maker could use to test the fit of accessories for a new iPhone, similar to the iPhone engineering sample we uncovered ahead of the iPhone 5 launch.


Read: Should I Buy the iPhone 5 or Wait for the iPhone 5S?

Mockup iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5.

Mockup iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5.

While these are mock ups of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, tinhte.vn user sonlazio claims the company that sent them is also responsible for an iPad mini concept that closely matched the iPad mini Apple announced a week later. Many new Apple products appeared on this site before appearing on stage in the hands of Steve Jobs, and it looks like we are seeing the start of a similar treatment.

iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 5C

The photos below show models for the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S vs. the iPhone 5. These images first appeared on a Vietnamese tech forum, but the mock ups originated in China at a company who claims to know key iPhone 5S features.

According to the report, phukiengiare.vn believes the iPhone 5S will feature a 12MP camera sensor and 2GB of RAM, but the iPhone 5S processor is not identified.


iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5 Size Comparison

The image below shows a mock up iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and mock up iPhone 5C stacked on top of each other. If this mock up is designed to real iPhone 5S specs, we could see a slightly thinner iPhone 5S.

Photo shows iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5 size comparison and vs. a plastic iPhone 5C mockup.

Photo shows iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5 size comparison and vs. a plastic iPhone 5C mockup.

The image above shows what appears to be a slimmer iPhone 5S lightning connection border and a new look for a headphone jack, but this could be simply the parts on hand to make a mock up. There was some speculation on tinhte and BoloPad that the iPhone 5C connection is for a micro USB cable, but that seems unlikely.

iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5 Camera

The iPhone 5S camera is rumored to see an upgrade to 12MP or 13MP depending on the source. This leak points to a 12MP sensor inside the iPhone 5S. The photo below shows an iPhone 5C, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S — showing a slightly new flash design for the iPhone 5S.

Photo of an iPhone 5S mockup shows a new camera look vs. the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C.

Photo of an iPhone 5S mockup shows a new camera look vs. the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C.

We’ve seen this iPhone 5S design change rumored before by Macotakara and in other leaks.

iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 5C Home Buttons

In another photo we see the home button of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C. The home buttons looks the same as the current iPhone 5, but reports indicate Apple is adding a Sapphire covered home button to house a fingerprint reader. If Apple is keeping the lid tight on this new feature it would make sense that a mockup used by an accessory maker would not fully show such a feature, but an analyst with deep connections to Apple’s supply chain might know more.

An iPhone 5S mockup shows a similar home button design.

An iPhone 5S mockup shows a similar home button design.

We also see several iPhone 5C photos complete with a model number and FCC logo, but a close look shows that these are just lifted from an iPhone 5, and do not reveal new information.

iPhone 5C mockup back plate.

iPhone 5C mockup back plate.

Read: iPhone 5S Video: Release Date & Rumor Roundup

The iPhone 5S launch event is reportedly set for September 10th according to AllThingsD, which claims Apple will use the event to launch the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. If we are this close to the iPhone 5S launch and release it would make sense to see third-party case companies using mock ups like this to test the fit and finish of cases.

When Apple announces the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, expect a look at new iOS 7 features and an iOS 7 release date soon after. The IOS 7 beta 5 is in use right now, as Apple is expected to release another beta or two before a final release.

The iPhone 5S release could come on September 20th. This would fit the September 10th event timing, allow for iPhone 5S pre-orders on September 13th, an iOS 7 release date on September 18th and a full weekend of iPhone 5S sales before the end of Apple’s last fiscal quarter of 2013.



  1. Larry

    08/12/2013 at 8:06 am

    Thanks josh!! Very interesting :) but why another plastic iPhone again?? This is not android??

  2. Sanele

    08/12/2013 at 8:28 am

    Its gourgios

  3. CaptainCoolguy

    08/12/2013 at 9:09 am

    Who cares….another POS phone from Apple!

    • Joel8

      08/12/2013 at 10:27 am

      You did.

      • Larry

        08/12/2013 at 3:02 pm

        Exactly that’s why he replyed lol lol he will be the first in line at the apple store next month!! For new iPhone

    • Completely Right On

      08/12/2013 at 1:22 pm

      There’s Apple, and then there’s everything BENEATH Apple. Choose one. Apple or inferior.

      Dead serious, and I’m right on.

    • Steve Jobs

      08/12/2013 at 5:53 pm

      Apparently you do since you read this article and took time to leave your troll comment.

  4. Dhruv

    08/12/2013 at 9:48 am

    It would be great to see the two iPhones together! Any details of iPad Mini 2? Please share with us!

  5. Jim

    08/12/2013 at 12:44 pm

    what does it do better?
    why buy one?

    • Lisa

      08/12/2013 at 6:31 pm

      Does it matter if it’s any better? As long as Apple releases something new I, along with my fellow iSheep will buy it while defending it as the greatest phone in the UNIVERSE!!!

      • Richybitch

        08/13/2013 at 8:20 am

        Your comment is so edgy and original!

        • IOU812

          08/13/2013 at 3:54 pm

          Who cares if Lisa wants it that’s all fine!! Why do you care so much richlybitch?? Ya bitch sure describes you!! Dude I may want it and what than?? Maybe me and Lisa may wait in line together ??? Freedom of speech there dude!!

      • Jayman2005

        08/17/2013 at 6:30 am

        @Lisa, Amen !

  6. IOU812

    08/12/2013 at 7:06 pm

    Forget the S model again!! Rather wait till the ip 6

  7. Jenny Parker

    08/12/2013 at 11:42 pm

    It’s really very interesting comparison. Thanks for great information. Which one is the best as per your point of view?

  8. mypetalz

    08/13/2013 at 3:37 am

    Good one gosh.. I don’t think apple will come with plastic.. as it against there enivroment policy, they have so far used the recyclable materials for the products

  9. Rim

    08/17/2013 at 6:33 am

    Plastic? Cheap plastic ?? Are you sure Apple didn’t outsource the 5S to Samsung? I was rather expecting a diamond-coated titanium alloy for the back cover.

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