Photos leaked on the Chinese version of Twitter appear to offer the first real glimpse at the processor used by Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5, or at least the rumored iPhone 4S.
It is unclear what version of the A5 processor this is exactly (or whether it’s Apple’s A5 at all), but it certainly is different compared to the shipping version of the silicon found inside Apple’s second-generation iPads.
, the A5 logo does appear to be out of proportion, while the letter “A” also seems a tad different from the font used by Apple on the original A5 for the iPad 2.
Perhaps most notably, the markings themselves are not painted in white. It’s almost as if this chip never went through the last stages of production, yet does have a mold for its designation.
While that could happen with prototype hardware, an ounce of skepticism is still recommended until more evidence churns up regarding the innards of Apple’s new iPhones.
The keen Apple fan and accurate observer will have also noticed a battery pack next to that logic board containing the aforementioned chip.
The battery itself is an interesting sight as the part of the battery that is visible lists a capacity of x430 mAh.
Leaving aside this Weibo leak, it is still unclear just what the next iPhone will be like: is Apple is planning to deploy two completely different models, or just one?; will these devices be world phones?; is the iPhone 5 totally different, or will it bear the same appearance as current-generation hardware?
All these questions remain unanswered particularly because of these inconclusive leaks that keep flowing on tech sites and blogs as anticipation grows towards an impending Apple event this fall.
Oh, well. At least we know for a fact iOS 5 and iCloud are launching soon.