Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S could be available with a new 128GB storage option and a gold color scheme. The capacity boost would match the one the company made to the fourth generation iPad earlier this year according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
A golden iPhone would join the traditional black and white/silver color schemes that are currently available for the iPhone 5. Parts for a gold colored phone first leaked onto the web in June although we’ve yet to see solid evidence of a golden chassis.
Elsewhere, Kuo believes Apple will go with a new A7 SoC with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The chip would be Apple’s own design and based on the ARMv8 architecture which could increase efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Apple is said to be able to get away with just 1GB of RAM because they control both the operating system and the hardware for the highest level of optimization.
The rear camera of the phone is also getting a boost. The sensor will remain the same but the lens assembly will be improved to use a larger f/2.0 aperture alongside dual LED flashes. The larger aperture will allow more light to hit the sensor and improve low-light images.
According to Kuo, the rumored fingerprint reader is the real deal and will likely be embedded in a sapphire glass home button.
Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone as well as a cheaper model tentatively known as the iPhone 5C at a media event on September 10. A revised iPad mini and a smartwatch could also show up on stage but don’t hold your breath here.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
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