A5 Chip Spotted On iPhone 5 Logic Board?

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Last month, a series of pictures was released online depicting what appeared to be the motherboard for a next-gen iPhone. They looked legit enough, but we weren’t sure if they were intended for something more like the iPhone 4s or the iPhone 5, and couldn’t make out enough detail to verify that Apple would be using dual-core A5 processors, as in the iPad 2. Now some new imagery has surfaced that still leaves us with some questions about the hardware, but finally gives us a good luck at that A5 we were expecting.

The layout of components shown here seems to match the hardware we looked at earlier, and what’s visible on the battery here corresponds with those revealed in August. Still, there are some lingering questions about this picture’s integrity; some question the quality of the A5 logo, wondering if this might be an elaborate counterfeit. There’s also the issue that the components on the left depict an earlier version of the white iPhone’s construction, before Apple had satisfied itself with the quality of that version’s manufacture. Maybe these pictures are from much earlier in the development process than we were assuming? We’ll learn if they check out soon enough, with the next iPhone expected to arrive within a month.

Source: Weibo (Google translate)

Via: BGR, Phone Arena

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!