iPhone 5S Motherboard Shot Reveals A7 SoC?

Concerning Apple’s next wave of iPhone models, we’ve heard more rumors than we can count, looking at everything from incremental updates over the iPhone 5, to new budget-priced models, to larger handsets than ever before. Of all those, the idea of a straight-up hardware refresh is probably the easiest to swallow, potentially arriving as the iPhone 5S. Today, we get a look at a circuit board purporting to belong to just such a phone, apparently showing off Apple’s next-gen A7 SoC.

If rumors are correct, the A7 could finally bring Apple into the world of quad-core smartphones, following the decision to make the A6 another dual-core chip. It may even run a little slower than the A6, maxing out at 1.2GHz, but the extra cores should easily swallow that difference. Reportedly, the A7 will use the PowerVR quad-core SGX554MP4 introduced in the A6X with the latest iPad. The chip could also spell a big increase in RAM, moving from the iPhone 5’s 1GB to 2GB, more in line with its Android competition.

We know, it would be trivial to Photoshop that “7” on a picture of an iPhone 5 board, as the rest of it looks practically identical to the current-gen component, but iOSDoc insists this image comes from a reliable source.

Update: Looks like we were right to think of Photoshop; there’s some compelling evidence to suggest this is a doctored pic of the iPhone 5. Perhaps iOSDoc needs to reconsider that source of its.

Source: iOSDoc
Via: IntoMobile

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Stephen Schenck
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 bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!