It’s safe to say Apple has been considerably underwhelming customers with the iPhone. It used to be an innovative device with revolutionary features. Journalists would speculate to the point of madness of what the next Cupertino smartphone would bring to the table. But these days the iPhone is the “also smartphone”. It does not enjoy the same amount of respect that it commanded a few years ago. And judging by the latest shots of a possible iPhone 5S prototype, there’s nothing much to get excited about the next iPhone 5s either.
The chip inside the leaked phone’s body has been recognized, and the iPhone 5S internal appears that it is a modified version of the Apple A6 chip that powers the current iPhone. According to MacRumours:
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.
The numbers on the iPhone 5S chip suggest that this is indeed an upgrade of the original A6 chip, but it’s not a complete overhaul either. It seems that the next iPhone will have the same RAM as the current one – 1GB of Elpida DRAM.
Here’s an interesting bit, the identifier on the - K1A0062, suggests that this component is no longer being made by Samsung. A Samsung made chip is identified by the a starting letter N. So it does look like Apple is distancing itself away from Samsung, which is natural given the tense history between the two. Although rumours suggest that TSMC is now managing the production of the A7, there is also some speculation that Apple could be building its own processor from the ground up. We’ll have to wait till an official press release from Apple to confirm that.
Other changes spotted on the leaked iPhone 5S internals are the inclusion of the much needed dual-LED flash and a slightly bigger battery. So iPhone fans can finaly have better low light photos and most importantly, get better battery life out of the next iPhone.
All these small upgrades paint a familiar story – it’s the iPhone 4S all over again. Don’t get us wrong, the iPhone 5 is an amazing smartphone. But these changes signify that Apple is still relying too much on the brand to sell its smartphone. That would’ve been wise in the old days, but with slow iPhone sales driving down economist expectations and the prices of Apple’s shares, the Cupertino technology giant will face stiff competition if the next iPhone is anything short of ground-breaking.