This week’s photos of another leaked iPhone 4G (or HD or whatever the next model is going to end up being called) have revealed some good news and some bad news in terms of the specs for the upcoming new model. The guys at iFixit say these latest photos show legible part numbers, and that […]
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Latest Leaked Photos of Next iPhone Show Good and Bad News

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This week’s photos of another leaked iPhone 4G (or HD or whatever the next model is going to end up being called) have revealed some good news and some bad news in terms of the specs for the upcoming new model.

The guys at iFixit say these latest photos show legible part numbers, and that they look legit just as the Gizmodo ‘lost iPhone’ did.

Here is the good news from iFixit’s look at the photos:

The processor is the A4, used in the iPad – blazing fast with very low power consumption.

And the not so good news:

The photos show 256MB of RAM for the new model.  That’s the same as the iPhone 3GS.  A doubling up to 512MB would be much more welcome news in this area.

Here’s more detail from the iFixit team:

Today’s photos from Vietnam of a leaked iPhone 4G prototype contain legible part numbers revealing new iPhone’s processor: the Apple A4.

The silkscreen on the production A4 reads:
APL0398 339S0084 YNL215X0 K4X2G643GE N26CGM0T
The leaked prototype has these markings:
APL0398 339S0084 YNE07423 K4X2G643GE GSA1400A

The two numbers that are different are likely manufacturing numbers (each lot of chips is stamped with a unique number to track them through the supply chain). The important numbers are:
APL0398 339S0084 <– Apple A4
K4X2G643GE <– 256 MB Samsung DRAM (two dies)

Our engineers are not surprised by this finding. We were very impressed by the extraordinarily low power consumption of the iPad, and remarked at the time that its power consumption and board design was much more in line with handheld devices than laptop computers.

That A4 processor should help to give the new model a major speed and battery performance boost – but the 256MB of RAM really seems disappointing now that OS 4.0 is going to give us greater multitasking capabilities.

For more details on all of this, see:

Engadget’s article with latest iPhone photos

iFixit’s report – in conjunction with Chipworks – on the design of the A4 processor

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