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The Apple news space has been abuzz lately with photos of supposedly leaked parts from the upcoming "iPhone 5S," and today MacRumors essentially confirmed many of the associated rumors when it posted photos of an iPhone 5S prototype acquired through the Chinese parts network. It may not provide any of the design shocks that we saw when Gray Powell lost his iPhone 4 prototype at a bar back in 2010, but it does give us a good idea of what to expect.
Indeed, according to the photos, it might as well be a clone of the iPhone 5 as far as outward appearances go. The interior, however, presents a different story. Based on the photos, MacRumors deduced that the iPhone 5S will have a dual LED flash on the back, a larger battery (supporting 5.92 watt hours over the iPhone 5's 5.4), and it'll support an A7 chip. According to MacRumors:
"The original A6 chip carried a model number of APL0598, with the A6X found in the fourth-generation iPad carrying an APL5598 model number, demonstrating how Apple varies the first digit for members of a given A-series family and increments the second digit when transitioning to a new family."
iPhone 5 (right) side-by-side with the alleged prototype "iPhone 5S." Via MacRumors.
Don't take that to mean it's a massive upgrade, though; apparently we'll still have the same 1GB of Elphida RAM that's on the A6 chip for the iPhone 5. What is interesting, however, is that the K1A0062 identifier doesn't have an "N" starting number, which normally signifies a Samsung part. This likely proves that Apple's already well along in its plans to stop using rival Samsung's parts in favor of those (possibly custom designed) by TSMC, and well ahead of schedule. Previous rumors suggested that we wouldn't see the transition until the A8 chip.
Keep in mind that while this appears to be a legitimate prototype, it's always possible that we'll see something significantly different come next iPhone's release.
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