Latest prototype iPhone 5S images suggest presence of A7 chip, offer closer look at dual-LED flashAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Just a few days after images of a purported iPhone 5S prototype found their way online, the device is back again in some new, clearer photos. The shots come to us from MacRumors, the same source as the first batch of photos. After examining the parts found within this iPhone 5S prototype (shown above left, with an iPhone 5 sitting to the right), it's been discovered that the processor found in the device is labeled as an "APL0698," which leads the site to suggest that it could be a new Apple A7 processor. The A6 chip found in the iPhone 5 is known by the model number APL0598.
In addition to possibly identifying itself as an A7, the processor's markings show that it could be packing 1GB of RAM, the same amount found in the iPhone 5. Finally, MacRumors says that this prototype unit was assembled in December 2012.
Another photo contained in today's leak offers a much closer look at the iPhone 5S's dual-LED flash. Interestingly, the two LEDs appear to be differently-colored, with the top LED appearing to be a normal white color while the bottom LED looks to be more of an amber color.
Apple's next iPhone is expected to look fairly similar to the iPhone 5, including a backside with an aluminum panel and two small glass panels on its top and bottom. The inside of the unit is likely where the iPhone 5S will differ from the 5. Along with today's report of a new Apple A7 processor, previous rumors have suggested that the next iPhone could also sport an upgraded camera and flash, which could turn out to the dual-LED flash shown in this latest leak. We'll have to wait until Apple actually makes its next iPhone official before we'll know exactly how many of these changes make it into the new model, but it appears as though we may be starting to get some answers to the questions surrounding the upcoming device.