New iPhone hardware details revealed in iOS beta

New information about the next iPhone has leaked courtesy of Apple's updated iOS 6 beta and one website's sources within the tech company.

9to5Mac took a look at the mobile operating system's latest beta and found numerous references to the upcoming Apple phone. The first and most obvious bit of information the site found was that the next iPhone will be running iOS 6.0, based on Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0. The site also found that the phone's processor is listed as an ARM S5L8950X, a new ARM-based processor manufactured by Samsung. Information about the processor's speed was unavailable, however, but 9to5Mac did have some theories:

The Samsung 5L8950X ARM processor is most likely manufactured at the same fab in Austin where Apple’s other Ax processors are built. The S5L8950X is a step up from the S5L8940X on the previous iPhone and the S5L8945X on the ‘new’ iPad but we’re not sure what that means in terms of cores, processor speed or fab size. We’d place our money on a low power dual core processor similar to the new iPad 2 on Samsung’s 32nm fab.

According to 9to5Mac, the new processor is known internally at Apple as "A5-***", with the last three characters being omitted to protect the site's source. The source also revealed the GPU is called "SGX543RC*" (with the last character again being omitted to protect the site's source). The GPU "technically does not exist yet," the site said, although it knows the GPU will still be featured on the phone via a system on a chip platform.

In terms of more specific information, the new iPhone will have 1GB of RAM, the same amount as the latest iPad. The new amount represents a doubling of the iPhone 4S's 512MB of RAM. Sources have told 9to5Mac that Apple is "far along" in the development of the next iPhone, making an October launch easy, although the device could be released before then, the site writes.

Source: 9to5Mac

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jorden25 said,
The UI won't change...just look at MAC OS X! didn't change for 10 years only subtle changes

Why change simply for the sake of change?

jorden25 said,
The UI won't change...just look at MAC OS X! didn't change for 10 years only subtle changes

That's not true. I had to use an original version of OS X at a job a few years ago, and its UI is much different than Mountain Lion. You may think they're minor differences, but when you go back and use it you'll see they're not.

Anthony Tosie said,

That's not true. I had to use an original version of OS X at a job a few years ago, and its UI is much different than Mountain Lion. You may think they're minor differences, but when you go back and use it you'll see they're not.

that's because the minor changes have added up over the years.

My question is, what could Apple be possibly doing to iOS 6 to make the Darwin jump a full version above Mountain Lion? OS X and iOS have ALWAYS had the same main kernel version.

BumbleBritches57 said,
My question is, what could Apple be possibly doing to iOS 6 to make the Darwin jump a full version above Mountain Lion? OS X and iOS have ALWAYS had the same main kernel version.

That's a good question... no answer here.

BumbleBritches57 said,
My question is, what could Apple be possibly doing to iOS 6 to make the Darwin jump a full version above Mountain Lion? OS X and iOS have ALWAYS had the same main kernel version.

iOS 6 might be released until next year thus what we will see with iPhone 5 will be iOS 5.2 or something along the 5.x series.

butilikethecookie said,
I wonder what the new app will be...are there any leaked screenshots? Has the UI been revamped?

No, the beta is still primarily internal and there haven't been any leaked screens that I'm aware of. But it's been widely rumored that iOS 6 will be a pretty big overhaul of the operating system.

Anthony Tosie said,

No, the beta is still primarily internal and there haven't been any leaked screens that I'm aware of. But it's been widely rumored that iOS 6 will be a pretty big overhaul of the operating system.

That's a good thing! My iPhone is getting pretty boring! I want widgets, and a bluetooth/wifi/3g toggle in notification center at all cost along with the fresh UI.

butilikethecookie said,

That's a good thing! My iPhone is getting pretty boring! I want widgets, and a bluetooth/wifi/3g toggle in notification center at all cost along with the fresh UI.

Hey bro, its called jail breaking, join us.

if your on neowin, don't be afraid of jail breaking, also its a lot easier now.

Anyway, unless apple introduces a themeing system, ill always jailbreak.

Sikh said,

Hey bro, its called jail breaking, join us.

if your on neowin, don't be afraid of jail breaking, also its a lot easier now.

Anyway, unless apple introduces a themeing system, ill always jailbreak.


I have an iPhone 3GS which I'm hoping to upgrade soon which is factory locked (prolly AT&T) and I live in costa rica I have to jailbreak and unlock and while there are a few pretty neat apps on the jailbreak community I'd prefer not doing it, it ends up causing (at least to me) more trouble than helping. I can live with a non jailbreak install.

butilikethecookie said,

That's a good thing! My iPhone is getting pretty boring! I want widgets, and a bluetooth/wifi/3g toggle in notification center at all cost along with the fresh UI.

So why plan to get the next iPhone? Its never going to have widgets

TechieXP said,
So why plan to get the next iPhone? Its never going to have widgets

I think it will have widgets in notification center (to be honest that's the only place I'd be happy having them)

Sikh said,

Hey bro, its called jail breaking, join us.

I do. It slows the **** out of my phone and makes it crash more. iOS 5.1.1 JB with Absinthe or something like that. I joined you around iOS 3...I'm not afraid of JB at all...

wonder what the new iphone design would be? iphone 4/4s is one of the best design.
I dont know how they are going to beat that.

still1 said,
wonder what the new iphone design would be? iphone 4/4s is one of the best design.
I dont know how they are going to beat that.

What about that concept/prototype iPhone 5 from that's been going around? I think a boarder screen and less space would be nicer in my taste.

still1 said,
wonder what the new iphone design would be? iphone 4/4s is one of the best design.
I dont know how they are going to beat that.

I believe they can easily beat that. No design is ever perfect or the best. Nature shows us that every day! And more to the iPhone's design, it has already become obsolete when compared to the best of devices these days like Lumia 900 and HTC One X!

Mohitster said,

I believe they can easily beat that. No design is ever perfect or the best. Nature shows us that every day! And more to the iPhone's design, it has already become obsolete when compared to the best of devices these days like Lumia 900 and HTC One X!

How is it obsolete? And the 900 and One X are definitely not the best devices available today.

A bigger screen and a more shatter-proof screen would be great. The 4S already has more than enough power, but they might as well step it up a bit to look good on paper since people seem to think that means everything.

Astra.Xtreme said,

How is it obsolete? And the 900 and One X are definitely not the best devices available today.

A bigger screen and a more shatter-proof screen would be great. The 4S already has more than enough power, but they might as well step it up a bit to look good on paper since people seem to think that means everything.

We are talking about hardware design here and not the specs! You can have you own views but I believe those two devices easily beat current iPhone with respect to hardware design.

Mohitster said,

We are talking about hardware design here and not the specs! You can have you own views but I believe those two devices easily beat current iPhone with respect to hardware design.

That's fine, you can have your opinion, but I still don't see any reason why the 4S design is obsolete. It doesn't generally make any sense for a design to become obsolete. Specs become obsolete. Regardless, the One X has one of the worst rear camera designs I've seen. Why they would design the phone to rest on the camera lens, is beyond me.

still1 said,
wonder what the new iphone design would be? iphone 4/4s is one of the best design.
I dont know how they are going to beat that.

it would be pretty easy to beat it: just swap the glass at the back to some nice metal, preferebly aluminium or stg
oh, and do a bigger screen, 4" will do nicely

my vote's on the lumia 900 ofc but that would make an awesome apple phone

Mohitster said,

I believe they can easily beat that. No design is ever perfect or the best. Nature shows us that every day! And more to the iPhone's design, it has already become obsolete when compared to the best of devices these days like Lumia 900 and HTC One X!

LOL

Mohitster said,

I believe they can easily beat that. No design is ever perfect or the best. Nature shows us that every day! And more to the iPhone's design, it has already become obsolete when compared to the best of devices these days like Lumia 900 and HTC One X!

You're entitled to your opinion, but I think that only the Lumia 800/900 can compete with the iPhone design. It's still one, if not the best phone design available. Glass and steel beats plastic any day

Mohitster said,

I believe they can easily beat that. No design is ever perfect or the best. Nature shows us that every day! And more to the iPhone's design, it has already become obsolete when compared to the best of devices these days like Lumia 900 and HTC One X!

Yeah the 4s is obsolete, that's why used ones in good condition sell for a minimum of 450 but usually 500-550 all day and every day on eBay.

Astra.Xtreme said,

That's fine, you can have your opinion, but I still don't see any reason why the 4S design is obsolete. It doesn't generally make any sense for a design to become obsolete. Specs become obsolete. Regardless, the One X has one of the worst rear camera designs I've seen. Why they would design the phone to rest on the camera lens, is beyond me.

I'll tell you why its obsolete. The design is not that much different from the original. That's 5 devices exclusing iPad which follows the same design and the iPad as well. It's a tired designed we have seen for 6 generations of devices. And based on leaked photos, 7 generations of devices.

Its nice that HTC and Nokia gave us a refreshing spin on new designs. The latest design looks exacly like the 4S, only longer and with a smaller port.

TechieXP said,

I'll tell you why its obsolete. The design is not that much different from the original. That's 5 devices exclusing iPad which follows the same design and the iPad as well. It's a tired designed we have seen for 6 generations of devices. And based on leaked photos, 7 generations of devices.

Its nice that HTC and Nokia gave us a refreshing spin on new designs. The latest design looks exacly like the 4S, only longer and with a smaller port.

Don't fix what ain't broken. They can increase the performance, up the resolution and do other changes, but the design of the 4S is still (IMO) better than most phones out there.

still1 said,
wonder what the new iphone design would be? iphone 4/4s is one of the best design.
I dont know how they are going to beat that.

Isn't this the design that you have to 'hold with the other hand'?
My ideal design don't use proprietary connectors and also has options for SD, MHL/HDMI and USBOTG... just me maybe. Also regardless of the case or way its hold, calls don't drop. I mean as good of a deal that 48GB for $200 more dollars is...

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