iPhone 5 teardown (iFixIt 001)

As iOS 7 gets closer and closer to release, developers digging through the depths of the firmware continue to find more and more hidden gems. Thus far, the coding has revealed fingerprint sensor support, an A6 iPad mini without a Retina display, and now this.

A new discovery in the code has surfaced this afternoon that shines some light on the processor which Apple is expected to use in its upcoming iPhone 5S. Apple is believed to be developing a new A7 chip, and according to today’s finding, it’s made by Samsung…

Here’s 9to5Mac with the scoop:

“A reference to an s5l8960x (likely A7) processor, which is a leap over the s5l8950x (A6) and s5l8955x (A6X), was located inside of the iOS 7 filesystem. Based on recent chatter, it seems plausible that this will be the chip powering the new iPhone 5S.

Interestingly, it appears that Apple will again work with Samsung for this new chip. The main system-on-a-chip will include some Samsung components- at least to power the display, according to analysis of the above code by a person familiar with Apple’s chip design process.”

And here’s a screenshot of the code the site references:

ios 7 a7 code

The report goes on to say that the source explained that over the past couple of years, Apple has hit a number of roadblocks in relation to chip processing speed with both the upcoming A7 and A8 chip. But it appears that the major issues have since been resolved.

The finding here shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Apple has long used Samsung to fab its chips. Recent reports have suggested that Apple is moving its processor business to TSMC in an effort to distance itself from its competitor, but the shift hasn’t happened yet.

As for the iPhone 5S that the A7 is allegedly being built for, the handset is expected to look very similar to its predecessor. It’ll have several new features though, among which are though to include an upgraded camera, and a fingerprint sensor built-in to the Home button.

  • iPhone 5S = iPhone 5 + S
    I can wait for the iPhone 6

    • Mr. E

      Maybe the s stands for samsung 😛

      • Edward Hunter

        Yeah xD

      • mav3rick

        They’re not moving without Samsung.

    • David Gitman

      iphone 3G = 3G internet
      iPhone 4S = iphone 4 + Siri
      iphone 5C = iphone 5 cheap ?

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      • bigzjoseph

        If only the 5c was true apple doesn’t make cheap stuff that’s why all their products are good

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Classic. A throw back to the plastic days. Lol

      • Tom García

        I thought about iPhone C for Colours, but who knows

      • TeChNoStyLeZ

        iphone 5C = iphone 5 crap edition

      • George Cocks

        Chromatic, perhaps? Back to those Nano Chromatic days 🙂

  • Leviscus Tempris

    Really? I knew Apple used Samsung parts when they had their dispute with chip manufacturing by giving over their designes to Samsugg to manufacture which I thought to be pretty stupid on Apples part. It’s almost as if they wanted Samsung to copy them. I can’t figure out these companies policies enough to see straight. Oh well.

    • Divine rise

      i knew from the day steve jobs died that apple is going to be back to the start. And i was right.screw apple if they really put this chip in thier iphone 6. i hate samsung and love apple until now.

  • Cesar D

    Maybe the companies are the same O: and there’s a hidden CEO for the two companies O: and maybe it’s all a conspiracy O:

    • Neil Sardesai

      Then why sue each other? :p

    • Tristan

      Can I have your dealer’s number?

  • Ian Jackson

    Sometimes your worst enemy is your best friend. True fact.

  • Linton Findlay

    i just want iphone 5s to have nfc. bet tehy will do something with voice recognition- 3gs introduced voice commands, 4s introduced siri. dont know how they can build on siri apart from making it work offline though

  • @dongiuj

    He said the “S” word! Don’t get upset and histerical, fangirls.

  • Tom

    hopefully 5s has quad core like other androids fingerprint sensor is old news even droid 1 has it i bet nobody uses it i never even use it on laptop

  • Gorgonphone

    lol 5S is boring…. i wish jit would hurry up and come out already so we can start seeing what ugly madness ive is creating for the iphone 6 design

  • Dalton

    It goes like this:
    iPhone 3G(S) where the “S” refers to speed (faster internals.)
    iPhone 4(S) where the “S” refers to Siri.
    iPhone 5(S) where the “S” refers to Security. (FingerPrint Scanner.)