It just wouldn’t be an impending Apple product launch without copious amounts of image leaks. Last week, images were released showing off the purported iPhone 5S’ larger battery capacity. Now today, more images of what appear to be a prototype version of the phone have surfaced via Mac Rumors, showcasing details about the upcoming handset’s processor and RAM.
The chip is void of the traditional A-series branding; but it carries an Apple model number of APL0698, which suggests that the chip is intended to be branded as an A7. This is different from the A6 found in the original iPhone 5 models, which carried a model number of APL0698.
Additionally, the markings on the new chip indicate that it carries 1GB of Elpida DRAM, the same amount offered by the iPhone 5’s A6 chipset. There is also a date code on this chip that marks the DRAM supporting as 1243, meaning that it was made back in September of 2012. With its construction being so dated, it’s likely that the device was an early prototype, and Apple could have easily changed the design by now.
One other design change that the leaked photos show involves the flash. As previously rumored, the iPhone 5S is expected to have a dual-LED flash, but the leaked image seems to indicate that it will have two different colored flash bulbs. If this turns out to be a final design choice, it would appear that the intent is to project different colored flashes based on the surrounding lighting to shoot ideal photos.