A picture of what is claimed to be the iPhone 5 processor has been posted online. It suggests that the new iPhone will use an A6 processor rather than the A5x CPU previously reported. It may just be a difference of letters, but the naming points towards a full generational shift in processor power.
Twitter user SonnyDickson posted the pic of the iPhone 5 processor, which is charitably described as a bit blurry and a bit grainy. The chip clearly has "A6" printed on it, although there is naturally some suspicion that it may have got there with the helping hand of Photoshop.
It has been claimed that the iPhone 5 will use a dual-core processor like the iPad 3, but could the "A6" naming here mean that we're actually going to be treated to a quad-core model? It's possible, but it's also arguable that such a move would be overkill and would only serve to shorten the life of the iPhone 4 and 4S, in terms of support.
How so? The iPhone 5 is likely to sport a 640 x 1136 pixel screen - with 727,040 pixels in total. The iPad 3 has more than three million pixels within its display, requiring a lot more power to render graphically intensive scenes.
The current iPad has a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 central processor and a quad-core PowerVR GPU - the graphics chip. It may not sound like a lot compared to the quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU of the Tegra 3 tablet, seen in the Google Nexus 7, but the efficient Apple iOS system can make good use of it.
What do you think? Is this a clear case of attention-grabbing fakery? Sonny Dickson's Twitter profile claims he is a researcher for the 9to5Mac website, a popular source for iPhone news, but as far as we know he is not an official member of staff.
The iPhone 5 is set to be officially unveiled on 12 September, just a week away. Other features we expect to see include a longer screen, pushing its inch count up from the iPhone 4S's 3.5 to 4. The construction of the new iPhone will also be different from its predecessors. Double-backed glass is to be replaced with a metal rear, which should hopefully make it a little less shatter-prone.
Yesterday, pictures of the iPhone 5's new headphones were leaked too, showing that the new Apple phone will offer innovations other than those of the phone itself. These tiny buds are not quite like any we've used before - seemingly jamming into your ear canals like a rubber-tipped IEM earphone, but without the rubber bit.
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