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Next-Generation iPhone Said to Use S5L8950X Application Processor, Unknown SGX543 Graphics Variant

9to5Mac reports that it has more details on the next-generation iPhone, receiving some information from a source with access to a prototype of the device and other data from a build of iOS 6 said to be targeting the forthcoming device. Among the highlights:

- Details in the iOS 6 beta indicate that the next-generation iPhone will run an application processor identified as S5L8950X. That processor initially showed up in iOS 5.1 betas alongside the S5L8945X that arrived in the form of the A5X in the current iPad. But while the assumption had been that the S5L8950X would be released to the public as part of an A6 system-on-a-chip, today's report indicates that it is still internally being referred to as part of the A5 family.

- On the graphics side, Imagination Technologies is once again said to be supplying the chip, which is currently being referred to as SGX543RC*. The identifier seems to be a code name given that it does not correlate with any official variants of the SGX543 platform. Imagination Technologies introduced the multi-core SGX543 design in early 2009, with Apple using the dual-core SGX543MP2 in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S while stepping up to the quad-core SGX543MP4 to drive the Retina display on the current iPad.

- The iOS 6 build is running on a Darwin kernel version of 13.0.0, above the 11.x.x used in OS X Lion and iOS 5 and even the 12.0.0 version seen in OS X Mountain Lion.

- Following up on spy shots of the iOS 6 Maps app that appeared earlier this week, today's report offers another such shot, although the design is said to still be subject to tweaking.

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62 months ago
Rating: 118 Votes
62 months ago
The guy at the Dunkin Donuts drive thru said the same thing to me this morning. About the same track record, and reliability as these sites; 50/50.
Rating: 23 Votes
62 months ago

The guy at the Dunkin Donuts drive thru said the same thing to me this morning. About the same track record, and reliability as these sites; 50/50.

My local Starbucks Barista claims the real iPhone with be available in (RED) (, black and white. It will have a 5" screen and will replace the Mac Pro.
Rating: 15 Votes
62 months ago
Am I the only one?

that thinks the design of the back is insanely ugly? What's with the strip of metal along the back that abruptly cuts off the glass? Its awkward.
Rating: 11 Votes
62 months ago

By "news" do you mean wild speculation and unsubstantiated rumors?

Yes. I do.
Rating: 10 Votes
62 months ago

the new maps program fixes the ***** COMPASS!!! Which has NEVER worked! Why is this thing even in here? Also, if you are not going to fix the compass,at least let the map orient in the direction you are moving like any other GPS.

Just tap twice on the location icon.
Rating: 9 Votes
62 months ago
As to the the design of the new hardware I have to agree, it is awkward.

Still, It looks pretty nice I have to say, and I think the design will 'make more sense' when seen in person or higher resolution. The only awkward part is the top where the cameras are. I have a feeling that the iPhone 5 will present that 'premium' feeling and look. For now though, just use your hand to cover the very top and it is a flawless phone 8)

And for the hardcore haters on the design, it could be an early design version.
Rating: 8 Votes
62 months ago
Darwin 13? o.O


I wonder if Apple is going with a custom variation of the SGX543MP like Sony did? Given the difference in number of pixels, a quad core MP4 isn't really necessarily, so perhaps a high-clock speed SGX543MP2+ with dedicated VRAM? Besides gaming, dedicated VRAM would be useful if Apple finally introduces OpenCL with iOS 6.

Honestly, There's nothing I want more than dedicated VRAM.
Rating: 7 Votes
62 months ago

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Best enjoy this image before it becomes the new "Shut up and take my money" Pic. :rolleyes:
Rating: 7 Votes
62 months ago

This will be one ugly iPhone.

The 4 and 4S is very balanced. It's not too long, not too short, not too wide, not too narrow in comparison with its height. Balance is a very very important concept in making things look beautiful. If this will be the next version of iPhone, it is an ugly one. It's too long.

Everyone said that about the iPhone 4 leaked pictures.
"that's a fake!"
"it's too in-apple"
"jony ive would never design that"
"it has seams and screws, it goes against the apple way"
"those plastic divider seems aren't uniform, apple doesn't do products like that"
"that's the ugliest thing I've ever seen, I will never buy it"
"this will flop, hard, no one wants a glass phone"

Etc...however, when Steve jobs came on stage and showed a phone that looked exactly like the leaks...

"zomg it's beautiful I want it"
"it's sooo apple"
"those seams are the best feature!"

Etc etc

Needless to say, the iPhone 4 went on to be like the bestest selling device evar.

I got the iPhone 4 because finally the iPhone wasn't crap, it had excellent hardware and power and looked great. The software was finally decent enough too with ios 4. Certainly worthy of my purchase. I've had it two years now and think I'll get this once it's available.
Rating: 6 Votes

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