Sources say that Apple is far enough along with iOS 6 that an October release is “relatively easy barring any unforeseen chip, part shortages/labor outages,” and that it could even happen before then.
Apparently the iPhone 5 will contain an entirely new processor chip but it’s not an A6… Nope. It’s a variation of the current A5 chip, but has a lot more power packed inside.
The iPhone running iOS 6 boasts Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0. We can also see that the processor is an ARM S5L8950X.
Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0: XXX May XX XX:XX:XX PDT 2012; root:xnu-21XX.X.XXX/DEVELOPMENT_ARM_S5L8950X
So basically under the hood of iOS 6 the kernel version is completely different sourcing a new processor chip referenced as the ARM S5L8950X.
The Samsung 5L8950X ARM processor is most likely manufactured at the same fab in Austin where Apple’s other Ax processors are built. The S5L8950X is a step up from the S5L8940X on the previous iPhone and the S5L8945X on the ‘new’ iPad but we’re not sure what that means in terms of cores, processor speed or fab size. We’d place our money on a low power dual core processor similar to the new iPad 2 on Samsung’s 32nm fab.
The processor is known internally at Apple as the “A5-***” (the last three characters were removed to protect our source). This will most likely not be the final name. However, it seems probable that the processor will continue carrying the “A5″ name and will not step up to the “A6″ nomenclature—but that is far from certain.
The GPU for the next iPhone is also getting a boost:
The GPU chip, which will continue to be part of the SoC, is called “SGX543RC*” (the asterisk is another sensitive number that could identify people working on the device). This GPU technically does not exist yet and we don’t have specs.
The next iPhone will now have 1GB of RAM, which seems to do well for the new iPad.
9to5Mac reports that they also have unreleased details on an entirely new native iOS app. Stay tuned for all the details over the next couple weeks. We’ll bring you up-to-date reports on everything iOS 6 as soon as the beta is officially released at WWDC in the coming weeks. With all these details and leaked photos, we can almost visualize the iPhone 5! That is if all of them are real.