Likely doctored photo claims to depict iPhone 5S motherboard with A7 processor

By , Feb 18, 2013

Apple A7 motherboard (iOSdoc 001)

A web site with an unestablished track record when it comes to Apple reporting has posted a claimed photograph of the iPhone 5S motherboard with Apple’s A7 system-on-a-chip. Of course, the A7 silicon is widely expected to power the next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 5S, but the authenticity of this particular blurry image couldn’t be confirmed at post time.

What’s more, one credible publication has challenged the authenticity of the photograph by zooming in on the chip label to spot some unnatural looking pixels that give it away…

A web site called iOS Doc has posted the above photo allegedly obtained “from a very reliable source”, purportedly depicting the iPhone 5S motherboard with Apple’s A7 processor. Because the motherboard is virtually of the same size as one inside the iPhone 5, it’s another indication of the iPhone 5S keeping the size and four-inch display on the iPhone 5, the article speculates.

As for the A7 chip, the source claims it has four processing cores, twice as much as on the A6/A6X silicon, clocked at 1.2Ghz (versus the 1.3Ghz A6 chip). The GPU is said to be Imagination Technologies’ quad-core PowerVR SGX554MP4 unit found inside the iPad 4.

The source went on to claim the handset runs iOS 7 with a highly improved Siri capable of doing “a lot of new cool stuff.”

The iPhone 5S should also come with a RAM improvement, trading the 1GB of LPDDR2-1066 RAM for a dual-channel 2GB LPDDR-800 memory, which should improve performance and multi-tasking even more.

That’s a lot of speculation right there and we wouldn’t otherwise pay attention if it weren’t for a slow news day due to President’s Day in the United States.

9to5Mac dismissed the image as a hoax because suspicious looking pixels show upon closer inspection, a tell tale sign of a doctored image.

Apple A7 motherboard (9to5Mac closeup)

To me, that looks exactly like the iPhone 5 motherboard with the A7 Photoshop’d on it.

Another thing which gives it away: iOS Doc didn’t provide a close up of the QR-code beneath the watermark.

What say you?

Are those pixels unnatural?

Is this the work of some rookie Photoshop user or possibly the real deal?

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  • http://twitter.com/andyxbaka Andy

    I agree. Looks like IP5 photoshopped. Photoshop is getting too powerful these days.. Everyone can use it

  • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

    Looks like BS to me, the right leg on the A does not look right at all. Not even the same length.

  • Jan

    Please Tell us more about iOS 7!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      it will be the same boring apps grid UI… and i will laugh

  • samdchuck

    “suspicious looking pixels”

  • therealjjohnson

    lets say the picture is real. then what…

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      then you will be able to buy a 5S sooon that will be faster than the 5 but just as boring

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    lol here we go again… the iphone5 Is perfect until the 6 comes out… there is no way apple could convince me to buy a 5S

  • notewar

    Anyone gona upgrade from 5 to 5S this year? I think iPhone 5 it self is so powerful already…any faster than this is unnecessary.

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    Leaked parts in February, I don’t believe any of these rumors or leaked parts are real until we are at least 2 months from the announcement of the device.

  • ClaudieX X

    I dont know one think… I have the excelent iphone 4 and ALL THE APPS AND GAMES WORKS PERFECT so… why 4s ? why 5? Siri? Come on… why 4 or 8 processors when all the programs run on 1 and PERFECT not good… PERFECT. Android Users please let iOS users answer this…. You people have another problem… Dont care how many processors U have… apps and games works ALMOST grate… Never Perfect… The word ALMOST is the word for Android Users.