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Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6 to feature 2GHz A8 processor, 1GB RAM, NFC, and Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE-A modem

Today has been a pretty busy day in the iPhone 6 leaks saga, and it appears that Apple’s efforts to “double down on secrecy” have been completely obliterated weeks before the smartphone’s official unveil.
 
We’ve already seen numerous images, mockups, and schematics of the smartphone, and we’re piling on today with more images of the device’s exterior:


 
There’s not much new to gather from these latest images, which show a design more reminiscent of the iPad Air and iPad minis than the previous generation iPhone 5 and current generation iPhone 5s.
 
However, the most interesting information leaked today surrounds the 4.7” iPhone 6’s hardware specifications. Leak after leak has revealed nearly every [hardware] surprise that Apple could possibly spring on stage come September 9. First up, the rumored onboard NFC chip has been confirmed, and is manufactured by NXP. Apple leaker Sonny Dickson obtained images of the iPhone 6’s logic board from Feld & Volk, a company that makes high-end smartphones based around iPhone hardware.

 
According to Dickson, the iPhone 6 will soldier on with a 64-bit, dual-core Apple A8 processor instead of the quad-core processors that are preferred by top Android smartphone manufacturers. However, the clock speed for the new A8 is said to be around 2GHz compared to 1.3GHz for the current generation A7.
 
Speaking of the A8 processor, closer examination of the A8 processor shown in the leaked pictures seems to confirm that the iPhone 6 will come with just 1GB of onboard RAM — a figure that matches both the current generation iPhone 5s and the previous generation iPhone 5 which was launched way back in 2012.

Apple A8 processor [Image Source: Feld @ Volk/Mac Rumors]
 
Android manufacturers have long moved past 1GB of system RAM for their flagship smartphones, with 2014 model flagships sporting anywhere from 2GB to 3GB of RAM. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 is said to pack in a whopping 4GB of RAM, which makes Apple’s paltry 1GB seem beyond antiquated.
 
We should note that high-resolution, A7-equipped iOS devices like the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display have already shown a propensity to buckle under pressure with just 1GB of RAM onboard, so it will be interesting to see how a higher resolution iPhone 6 will fair with the same amount of RAM onboard.
 
The next piece of hardware information leaked today about the iPhone 6 involves its onboard modem. The smartphone will carry Qualcomm’s MDM9625M, which is a Category 4 LTE modem (LTE-Advanced) that supports speeds up to 150 Mbps. According to Mac Rumors, the Qualcomm modem will be paired with two companion chips: the WTR1625L transceiver chip and a WFR1620 chip.

Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE-A modem [Image Source: Feld @ Volk/Mac Rumors]

Finally, we’ve also learned today that a 16GB version of the iPhone 6 will live on. Those that were hoping for Apple to drop the 16GB base models and get with the program by giving users 32GB to start (especially since Apple refuses to include a microSDHC/SDXC slot for expansion) will just have to sulk in a corner.
 
With all of those hardware specs out of the way, about the only thing left to nail down with regards to the 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 smartphones are their screen resolutions. However, Apple blogger John Gruber already has some ideas on that front
 
For an added bonus, Feld & Volk managed to piece together enough components to get a 4.7” iPhone 6 to partially boot. You can view a video of the “assembled” device here:
 

Sources: Mac Rumors [1], [2], [3], Sonny Dickson





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