Trying to figure out the processor of the next iPhone has been almost as confusing as whether it would have NFC. We’ve heard it will have a modified A5, then a variation of the A5X—the same processor in the new iPad—and finally we’ve heard Apple may actually introduce the next generation in their chip line, the A6, which is rumored to be a quad-core processor.
We’ve seen everything from lines of code in iOS suggesting the new processor, to other developers claiming Apple will use an A5 of some sort, but until now we’ve had no “visual” proof. I say until now, as 9to5Mac has posted an image of a motherboard that is supposedly for the new iPhone. Both boards (seen below) are identical, but the one on the left has had its heat shield removed. The tipster who sent this to 9to5Mac—who also sent in another shot of the new dock connector—says the image was so dark, that it needed to be lightened in photoshop. So, that leaves us wondering, is the “A6″ written on the chip for real or is this just another fake? We’re not sure, the fact that who ever has these pieces, has two and they seem to be legit boards, so why not just show us what’s really on there as opposed to lying about the processor. It would either debunk claims of the rumored A6 or in this case, confirm it.
Assuming this is real, Apple’s next gen iPhone could be one hell of a powerhouse, with a 4-inch display, a quad-core processor, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, 1GB of RAM all running on iOS 6, this could very well be the most amazing iPhone since the original. For those of you who say, well the Galaxy S III has 2GB of RAM, remember, that’s like comparing Apples to Oranges. How Android runs on specific hardware, is completely different than how iOS runs on dedicated hardware.
While the hardware is pretty much all leaked at this point, you can beat that Apple has some surprises in iOS that may only be available for the new iPhone… widgets, new home screen, live icons… it’s anyone’s guess at this point. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that Apple always has some surprise up it’s sleeve.