Code in iOS 7 Suggests Upcoming A7 iPhone Chip Will Include Samsung Components

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    According to developer Nick Frey (via 9to5Mac) code within iOS 7 hints at a new upgraded processor, likely the A7 processor expected to be included with the iPhone 5S. The code includes a reference to an s5L8960x application processor, which is a higher iteration than the s518950x and the s518955x numeration found on the A6 and A6X processors used in the iPhone 5 and the fourth generation iPad.

    As noted by 9to5Mac, it appears that the upcoming system-on-a-chip will include Samsung components.
    While the appearance of next generation Samsung components in iOS 7 confirms reports that Apple will stick with Samsung for its 2013 product line rather than switching exclusively to TSMC, it remains unclear whether or not TSMC is also involved in the chip production. A March rumor suggested that Apple might use both Samsung and TSMC to produce its 2013 chips, and a prototype iPhone 5S revealed a K1A0062 identifier on the main A7 chip, suggesting that it could potentially be manufactured by TSMC.

    Apple has been reportedly aiming to reduce its reliance on Samsung, and in June, the company signed a three year deal with TSMC that will see TSMC producing Apple's A8 chips and potentially its A9/A9X chips as well. Apple did, however, backtrack and sign a second deal with Samsung that will see Samsung producing 14-nm chips for the company beginning in 2015, indicating that Apple plans to continue working with both companies.

    Article Link: Code in iOS 7 Suggests Upcoming A7 iPhone Chip Will Include Samsung Components
  2. .Asa macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
  3. viperGTS macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2010
    Hoping it's a quad core CPU.

    With all the software optimizations that Apple can do, the iPhone 5S will be a true beast of a phone.
  4. Mackan macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    That, and I hope they also include 2 GB RAM, though I doubt it...
  5. iSayuSay macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
  6. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    But maybe because of all those software optimizations it will remain dual core. Does the next iPhone/iOS need a quad core processor? On one hand, the iPhone 5 runs smoothly, but on the other hand, it'd be odd for Apple to release a 2013 flagship phone with a dual core processor.

    Perhaps the 5S will be quad core while the 5C (or whatever) will be dual core.
  7. BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    Will it include the Benchmark Booster code in iOS?
  8. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    That'd be great! I doubt it, too, since the December 2012 prototype of the 5S showed a processor that could support only up to 1 GB of RAM. This may have changed, though (hopefully).
  9. BornAgainApple macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    She loves me, she loves me not. Repeat and rinse.
  10. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    I'm still shocked Samsung would supply Apple with parts. Even though business is business, they lost $1 billion over some frivolous excuse.
  11. donutbagel macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    I'm pretty sure that it's illegal to discriminate against certain corporations when selling parts.
  12. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    Ha ha, get it from the experts eh. Maybe Samsung should sponsor a Tour de France team.
  13. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
  14. viperGTS macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2010
    Exactly how I feel. I'm hoping for some extra RAM, especially since iOS 7 has new multitasking API's.

    It probably will need a quad core to be honest. iOS 7 has proved to be more graphic intensive (on second thought, a quad core GPU rather than CPU) than 6 and I'm sure Apple will want it running its greatest on its new flagship phone. Plus, it's 2013 and dual core seems a bit outdated at this point. Usually S models introduce huge improvements in processing as well.

    That makes sense, 5S quad core, 5C dual core.
  15. littyboy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2009
    Quad core + 2GB = Take my Money!

    If none of those, then buying iPhone 5 or HTC One. :(
  16. Mackan macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    You mean the processor can only support a certain max amount of RAM? Sounds a bit strange.
  17. leroypants Suspended

    Jul 17, 2010
    I won't buy one if it contains Samsuck parts.
  18. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hardly code, but yes, can't wait for the new A7 chip.
  19. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    Real men code in C, C++ and Objective-C, hell yeah! :D
  20. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Yes sir! :D
  21. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Sorry, I mixed up what I remember from that article. Here's the direct quotation: "Additional markings on this new iPhone 5S chip indicate that it carries Elpida DRAM, apparently in the same 1 GB amount seen on the A6."

    I guess that chance of 2 GB RAM is even higher. This is an early prototype after all.
  22. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Looks like XML. Maybe a .plist file. Yeah, it's more data than code.
  23. jamesnajera macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2003
    RAM is a constant energy drain, they will increase the amount as necessary. More RAM may not be necessary right now.
  24. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Good for APPLE to keep their options open. Business is business; leave emotions out of it. Secure the best parts, with the best supply lines, wherever that may be.

    Why wouldn't they. There's billions of $$ in contracts at stake. They'd be foolish not to.
  25. demodave macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I want the A7X to be in my iPhone, because that would be Rokken like Dokken!

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