September 16, 2012

Just as it did for the iPhone 5, Apple posted schematics for the new fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano—both of which will be available to customers in the coming weeks. The blueprints are certainly useful if you are in the accessory game. You can see the iPod touch above (get a look at where the Loop is and the top area that should not be obscured by metal) and the iPod nano past the break (also notice a Bluetooth antenna area):

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While it is easy to fake Geekbench results, the above 1601 score purportedly coming from an iPhone 5 (from a reviewer?) could be an indication of the type of speed underneath the A6 processor’s hood. The score is more than double any A5 processor iPhone or iPad has achieved, and it ranks just above high-end Androids. Here is a quick comparison versus the iPhone 4S.

No iOS device has ever crossed 800 before, so the 1601 score is a significant leap. Even the 2004’s most powerful Apple computer, the Power Mac G5, only scored 1571. Just think about that.

For reference: the quad core Tegra 3-powered Nexus 7 scored a 1591 and the quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III scored 1560 in the test— narrowly missing the new standard for mobile devices. (Note: Galaxy S IIIs running Jelly Bean still outperforms the iPhone 5.)

The Geekbench results also seem to confirm a 1GHz ARMv7 processor and 1GB of RAM we heard about yesterday.

[Via HackerNews] The full comparisons of Apple devices are at the top, while Android comparisons are below:

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Three separate readers reported their iPhone 5s have shipped from the Zhengzhou region of inland China via UPS—likely from the nearby Taiyuan Foxconn factory (pictured above) in Shanxi Province . The factory was rumored to have some labor turmoil earlier this year, but it appears it has cranked out the earliest batches of iPhone 5s.

In March, Foxconn had as many as 20,000 openings for workers at the factory to ramp up for launch.

(Thanks Mike, Al, and Kyle) Screenshots are below. 

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September 15, 2012

As we predicted in May, (and Apple supplier/competitor Samsung curiously stated in its ad today), the iPhone 5 appears to have 1GB of RAM. AnandTech translated the markings on the A6 chip shown both at the iPhone 5 announcement and on Apple’s current page.

Apple thankfully didn’t obscure the details of its A6 slide at the launch event, which gave us a Samsung part number: K3PE7E700F-XGC2. Through crafty navigation of Samsung’s product guide, Brian Klug got us the details. The K3P tells us we’re looking at a dual-channel LPDDR2 package with 32-bit channels. The E7E7 gives us the density of each of the two DRAM die (512MB per die, 1GB total). The final two characters in the part number give us the cycle time/data rate, which in this case is 1066MHz.

The post noted the iPhone 5’s memory bandwidth surpasses the iPhone 4S handily, but it is not quite as speedy as the iPad 3 (table below).

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