Next-Generation iPhone to Use A6 System-on-a-Chip?

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While a significant number of parts claimed to be for the next-generation iPhone have appeared over the past few months, the component of perhaps the most interest has yet to be seen: the main processor package. Speculation has covered a number of different possibilities including a die-shrunk A5 similar to that introduced in the revised iPad 2 earlier this year, an A5X such as found in the third-generation iPad, or an all-new A6 system-on-a-chip.

Several photos of the device's logic board have leaked in recent weeks but the low quality of the photos or the presence of shielding on the part have left the identities of the chips on the part unknown.

Sonny Dickson, who has been digging up photos of a number of components leaking out of Apple's supply chain, has now posted a partial photo of what certainly appears to be the same logic board part seen in previous photos. In this new photo, an "A6" designation can be seen on the main chip, suggesting that Apple may indeed be rolling out a brand-new chip family with the next-generation iPhone.




It is difficult to assess the validity of the photo, as the photo could rather easily have been faked and the image's small size and low quality make it impossible to determine the details of smaller text on the chip, but it does offer the first specific photo claim of the chip to be included in the next iPhone.

Update: 9to5Mac has posted the uncropped version of the photo showing the part with and without shielding.




Concerns do remain, however, over the legitimacy of the image.

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ChristianVirtual

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Would make sense that a flagship product get a flagship CPU. And A6X for next new iPad (aka iPad4)

Whatever increase the performance with less consumption is welcome. :cool:
 

dieselmcore

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Whats the reason the new iPhone might need the A6 instead of the current chip in the new iPad? What might it have that depends on that extra processing power? Thanks.
 

karlwig

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New, faster chip, bigger display with higher resolution, new body with less bezel, even thinner than before, yet more solid with back glass switched for metal, 4G LTE, and a new OS to go with it.

This could be the biggest iPhone update ever, and people here will still complain like crazy.

I for one can't wait.
 

rick98761

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Whats the reason the new iPhone might need the A6 instead of the current chip in the new iPad? What might it have that depends on that extra processing power? Thanks.
The iPad has quad core graphics which would be wasted in the iPhone. They are much better off using that space and heat on more CPU power.
 

mambodancer

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Why are all "leaked" photos always taken with camers set to their lowest resolution? Guys, just get a better damn smart phone, seriously. It's not the '80s any more!
 

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New, faster chip, bigger display with higher resolution, new body with less bezel, even thinner than before, yet more solid with back glass switched for metal, 4G LTE, and a new OS to go with it.

This could be the biggest iPhone update ever, and people here will still complain like crazy.

I for one can't wait.
But it's just a taller 4S! Apple should stop suing competitors and start innovating again. Steve Jobs would never have allowed this... etc.
 
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strausd

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The iPad has quad core graphics which would be wasted in the iPhone. They are much better off using that space and heat on more CPU power.
I don't think CPU power would be a better use of space in an iPhone. What CPU intensive tasks is the average user going to be doing on a phone? The main things people do are way more GPU intensive than CPU intensive.

That space would be much better of being used by a bigger battery, more RAM, or even just taken out to make the device thinner.

I also don't think quad core graphics would be wasted in an iPhone. It just means that you could run more intense games and at a higher frame rate. Games like infinity blade are getting more and more complex and need more and more power to drive the game. The average user is more likely to play games than do CPU intensive tasks, making added GPU power more likely than added CPU power in my opinion.