With only a few more weeks remaining until Apple finally unveils the successor to the iPhone 5, there’s little time left for any last rumors and snippets of speculation to make their way online. Today, KGI Security’s analyst Ming Chi Kuo released a new report with some of the next generation iPhone’s rumored specs. Kuo is a fairly well respected analyst with a history of being relatively accurate. But, that doesn’t mean you should take his analysis as fact just yet.
The new, main features of the iPhone 5S according to KGI’s market expert are:
(1) the new A7, ARMv8 based AP (application processor), featuring a 1GB LPDDR3 RAM chip; (2) a sapphire home button with fingerprint sensor; (3) main camera unchanged with 8MP, but featuring a larger F2.0 aperture with dual flash lights; (4) new option for golden casing; and (5) new option for 128GB storage.
Apple’s A-series chips have been something of a revelation in the smartphone world, but mostly because of how efficient they are. Especially when Apple’s designers and engineers have tuned the operating system to work flawlessly on the chip. The iPhone 5’s A6 chip featured 1GB RAM, as will the A7, but don’t let that fool you in to thinking the performance will be the same.
Kuo notes that the A7’s memory bandwidth will be upgraded from LPDDR2 to LPDDR3. That’s geek talk, and essentially means that it uses the memory more efficiently. The chip will allegedly be 20% more efficient than the A6, calming any fears that the 5S would be as big a battery drain as the iPhone 5. It could also support 64-bit processes, but even Kuo notes that’s only possible, but not guaranteed.
From memory to storage capacity now, and the analyst also believes that we’ll finally see a 128GB version of the iPhone. If launched, it would be interesting to see how Apple managed the capacity options available, and their prices. With the iPad, Cupertino opted for offering four different iPad options with the 16GB remaining the lowest available. But with the iPhone, that would force the company to offer an iPhone for the ridiculous price of $499 on-contract in the States, which is highly unlikely. If coming, I’d suggest that the 16GB version will disappear, to be replaced by the 32GB on the bottom rung at $199, then the 64GB and 128GB at $299 and $399 respectively.
Of course, all of that is just speculation. But it makes little sense to have a phone costing $499 on contract when you can buy many phones for that price SIM-free and unsubsidized.
As you can see above, there are other specs listed in Kuo’s predictions. Perhaps the most important of them all is the new camera technology, featuring F2.0 aperture. With the arrival of the Lumia 1020 and – to some extent – the Lumia 925, Apple needs to show the rest that it is the king of cameras again. And, although it may never boast the pixel count of a 1020, they could compensate for that with better depth of field and lowlight performance. What’s more, the dual-LED flash should come in very handy, especially if the second light is indeed an orange/red flash to help with better white balance.
And then, last of all is the recent rumor that Apple could be launching it in gold. I think I’ll leave that one alone with a despairing sigh and a “no comment”.