New iPhone 5 logic board photo: A6 chip, Qualcomm LTE modem, Hynix flash

By , Sep 12, 2012

We’re less than three hours away from Apple’s big presser and, conveniently, a new high-quality photo surfaced alleging to represent the iPhone 5 logic board. From what can be gleaned, the board clearly shows an Apple-designed chip labeled “A6″, in addition to other chips that indicate LTE world-phone functionality, also proving that Apple could indeed be reducing its dependency on fellow smartphone maker and frenemy Samsung, which supplies Cupertino with more than one-third of components that go inside the current-generation iPhone…

This new image of the iPhone 5 logic board was published by Italian blog HDblog and reposted by our friends over at MacRumors.

In addition to the big A6 chip, the board also shows Qualcomm’s MDM9615M modem chip (likely fabbed on a 28-nanometer process) that should provide world-phone LTE compatibility for the next iPhone. The MDM9615M unit is smaller than the model sitting in the new iPad.

The finding is in line with a recent Wall Street Journal story claiming that the iPhone 5 will be compatible with LTE cellular networks in the United States, Europe and Asia, “though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier”, according to the obligatory people familiar with the matter said.

There was some concern earlier in the summer that the iPhone 5 won’t have LTE due to manufacturing difficulties with the Qualcomm chip, but these had apparently been resolved.

Another chip seen on the photo: flash memory provided by Hynix.

If true, then Apple just dealt its frenemy Samsung another blow because iPhones predominantly used Samsung’s flash memory chips, in addition to Toshiba and Hynix. On the other hand, this logic board could be one of the several SKUs in existence.

Also important, Apple gadgets as of late uses displays, memory chips and other components from multiple   suppliers as Cupertino is thought to have reduced parts orders for the iPhone 5 from Samsung.

The sometimes reliable DigiTimes back in May reported that Apple secured half the manufacturing output from Elpida, the third-largest (and bankrupt) maker of dynamic random access memory chips. Samsung, which recently launched next-gen 4Gb mobile DRAM silicon, re-iterated in a statement to The Korea Times that it remains a supplier of memory chips for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad:

Apple is definitely using the chips.

French blog NowhereElse on August 30 was first to leak an alleged iPhone 5 logic board that had a big chip on it labeled “A6″.

Per supply chain sources, the silicon is thought to employ four CPU cores and allegedly is based on Samsung’s Exynos 4 quad-core processor.

The third-generation iPad has the A5X chip that has two CPU cores and four GPUs versus Samsung’s Exynos 4 chip which qualifies as a quad-core processor because it runs four CPU cores. The Exynos 4 unit is used in Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone.

A fifth-generation iPod touch, also expected to be unveiled at a media event later today, is said to incorporate a more powerful A5 processor, allegedly an ARM-based S5L8942X rather than an S5L8950X.

What do you think, will the iPhone 5 run a souped up A5 chip or a brand new quad-core A6 package?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.pedersen.5496 Brian Pedersen

    Cant wait

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000223936151 Jerry PowerHouse

    A6! YESSS!

  • 1337lolzorz

    It will be A5X

  • Johnathan Jennings

    Quad core??

  • Johnathan Jennings

    It is it is quad core!!:D

  • Irfan Tarique

    Why didn’t they put that damn chip in the iPad? It could use a little kick.

  • Nick Murphy

    This is incredibly exciting! I am so excited for the new iPhone, especially seeing a little more of what is inside it. I first heard rumors about it’s release from a coworker at Dish and I have been waiting for the announcement from Apple for weeks now! I normally use my phone for watching live TV with the Dish Remote Access app, since my DVR is connected to a Sling Adapter, and I really want the new iPhone for that exact reason. I am so excited to be able to get a chance to use the iPhone 5! I can’t wait to find out the release date for it!

  • theexman

    I heard it was a higher clocked dual core chip. It’s not a quad core.

  • Simon_K

    The A6 is produced and designed by Samsung for Apple. Just google Samsung Exynos 5 Dual. They just changed the name to A6. Samsung is the only company today that have started massproduction of processors based on ARM Cortex-A15. Qualcomm and Nvidia aren’t going to release their new ARM processors until Q1 next year.

    • johntech

      Lol !! Google again, its a custom architecture that they are building since 2008.It has quad core GPU and Its better than samsung’s quad core.
      What anandtech says about iPhone’s GPU “The performance advantage over the iPhone 4S is more than double, and even the Galaxy S 3 can’t come close”.