Leaked parts allegedly belonging to Apple's low-cost iPhone shown in new photos

Photographs of what appear to be leaked flex cables for an upcoming iPhone have been published online

Photos of allegedly leaked parts that could belong to Apple's rumoured low-cost iPhone have been published online this week, indicating that the mute switch could become a push button on the cheaper smartphone.

MacRumors reports that Japanese parts vendor iLab Factory has posted a new set of photos on its website, showing two previously leaked parts and a third, new part that appears to be a flex cable housing the front camera of an upcoming iPhone.

The report points out that the leaked vibrator/audio control flex cable appears to have a button in the place where current iPhone models have a mute switch, suggesting that the low-cost iPhone could see the mute switch replaced by a mute button.

Another noticeable change the leaked flex cable is the introduction of a dual-head design for the vibrator, which differs from the design used by Apple for the iPhone 5.

Also leaked is a Home button flex cable, which appears to be significantly longer than the corresponding part found in the iPhone 5. The leaked front camera flex cable is almost identical to the iPhone 5's but is lacking a microphone and other sensors, reports MacRumors.

Take a look at iLab Factory's website for the full set of images.

Of course, it is not yet clear whether these images are legitimate, or what device they may find their way into.

This week, photos of a purported leaked iPad 5 front panel also emerged, indicating that production of the new iPad may have begun.

See also:

New iPhone 5S: three colours, two sizes and a low-cost model, claims

Least reliable smartphones revealed, Galaxy S3 most fault prone

Apple expected to preview iOS 7 with 'killer app' at WWDC in June

iPad 5 rumour rollup for the week ending April 12

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