Additional Photos of Rumored iPhone 5S Surface
As many of you probably already know, Apple will likely release a successor to its iPhone 5 in the fall of this year and new images that have surfaced suggest that the device may pack a next-generation “A7” processor when it debuts. The new images follow closely after a previous leak last week, which showed off a larger-capacity battery and a new dual-LED flash component for the rear camera. The most recently revealed pictures published by MacRumors
give a closer view of the processor in the alleged iPhone 5S, with the branding on the device suggesting that the processor will be a new “A7” chip and not a variant of Apple’s existing A6 family.
The chip in the photo has a model number of APL0698, whereas the model numbers for the A6 and A6X were APL0598 and APL5598. The A5 and its subsequent iterations carried model numbers in the vein of APLx4xx, demonstrating the system with which Apple marks progression in its processor families.
The recent report notes that the chip for the supposed 5S carried 1 GB of Elpida DRAM, which is the same capacity seen in the A6. There are also indications that the chip may have been made by TSMC, lending weight to recent rumors that Apple is attempting to switch away from Samsung for its chips.
Taking a closer look at the date codes of assorted components shows that the device appears to have been assembled in December of 2012, which would make this an early prototype put together only weeks after the launch of the iPhone 5. In addition to the new information on the processor the leak also gives a closer view of the back of the device. The new look shows that the device does indeed have a dual-LED flash array and gives a clearer view of that component. A dual-LED flash would likely allow for better photos when taken in low-light conditions.
Rumors of the so-called iPhone 5S will continue to float, especially as the time of the year gets closer. We won’t know for sure what’s true and what isn’t until Apple releases some concrete evidence though.