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A series of photos of a component that appears to be a logic board bound for Apple's next-generation iPhone appeared Friday, bearing a small chip -- said to be an NFC controller from NXP -- that professes to confirm the feature's presence in the so-called "iPhone 6." In addition, a new video of assembled parts seems to show a fully functional unit, though it won't boot past the "Connect to iTunes" screen.




The chip does not sport a manufacturer's name or mark. Instead, it bears only identification code "NSD425" alongside miscellaneous other numbers, likely batch identifiers, according to the photos published by blogger Sonny Dickson.

No such chip can be found among NXP's offerings, but Apple often works with silicon vendors to produce bespoke components. The Dutch firm was named late Thursday by the Financial Times as the supplier of Apple's NFC hardware.




Also present is a chip that seems to be Apple's "A8" processor. The package is noticeably smaller than its predecessor, the A7, allowing for a more tightly-packed logic board.

Other identifiable chips on the board are two Avago RF modules -- Avago is a longtime supplier of such chips for Apple -- and a Toshiba NAND module.



Separately, Feld & Volk posted a new video on Friday with a purported "iPhone 6" assembled from parts the company obtained. The video shows their attempts to turn on the device, being greeted with the "Connect to iTunes" screen and unable to boot further.

The screen shows Apple's current iTunes for OS X Mavericks logo, rather than the new red logo found in OS X Yosemite. If what the video shows is indeed legitimate, it would suggest that the hardware has an older version of iOS 8 installed, as the latest beta updated the "Connect to iTunes" screen to display the OS X Yosemite logo for the iTunes desktop suite.

Apple is expected to either confirm or deny all of the details on its forthcoming handset at a media event in Cupertino on Sept. 9. AppleInsider will be at the event and will bring live coverage from inside the theatre.
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That's a Samsung!
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Uhhh... Worst. iPhone. Ever
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
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That is one sexy piece of kit. I absolutely love the front of it. Slightly curved glass at the edges–all the way to the edges–and then the Home Button beginning to blend into the face.

 
...because you are not connected to the Internet...

 

And a good thing, too. It’d phone home and whoever this is would be arrested.

 

Seems odd that the representation of colors on the screen would be so different between the models. Maybe one just had its backlight turned down.

 

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Speaking of Simpsons references, “Ralph” as in the kid who drinks paste? Take your FUD and shove it.

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Hmmm. There's something about it that looks blob like.
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You have short memory. This is still an Apple look, regardless if Samsung copied it.

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I'm not totally up to speed on all of these technologies; but wasn't it argued earlier on that Apple would not be going with NFC for this type of thing? Opting for iBeacon, or some other type of technology?
In any case, I'm sure they will use whatever is most advantageous for them to use.
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Speaking of Simpsons references, “Ralph” as in the kid who drinks paste? Take your FUD and shove it.

 

I was being sarcastic. I was trying pre-empt all the "why those ugly bands" and "the phone isn't flat" comments.

 

I forgot to write /s.

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Sorry, I just can't see how they will release this device with a protruding lens.
(remaining skeptical)
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Originally Posted by RalphMouth View Post

I was being sarcastic. I forgot to write /s.


Apologies, then. Do try to remember it next time; we get an awful lot of people who believe (“believe”) the strangest things. 😩

 

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Sorry, I just can't see how they will release this device with a protruding lens.

 

Same way they released the iPod touch with a protruding lens. If it means better image quality than it would have otherwise had, there’s no reason to complain. You don’t complain that your camera has a protruding lens! I’d have been fine had they just made the entire thing thicker to compensate for the laws of physics, but I’m used to an iPhone 0.46” thick.

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Seems odd that the representation of colors on the screen would be so different between the models. Maybe one just had its backlight turned down.

 

I haven't really kept track of what I've read as rumors and what I've read as user wishes... somewhere in there "brighter screen" came up. Maybe this is it?

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Originally Posted by Lorin Schultz View Post
Maybe this is it?


Hmm. I don’t like that it would modify the color, though.

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"The chip does not sport a manufacturer's name or mark."

Umm, doesn't the chip have an 'NXP' on the left hand side, reading upwards?
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MacRumors has a story claiming the A8 chip for the new iPhone only has 1GB RAM. Is it really that expensive to bump it up to 2GB?
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MacRumors has a story claiming the A8 chip for the new iPhone only has 1GB RAM. Is it really that expensive to bump it up to 2GB?

That would be very disappointing but I think the main reason they don't promptly increase memory size is because the bigger the memory the more it consumes power.

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"The chip does not sport a manufacturer's name or mark."

Umm, doesn't the chip have an 'NXP' on the left hand side, reading upwards?

 

Haha.  It certainly does.  Good catch.  How did AppleInsider miss that?!!!

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Like or dislike. There is one thing you need to remember. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY IT.

 

I buy the newest every year and if they make two iPhone sizes, I will own both.

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I totally agree with Bobschlob. It was the first thing I noticed.
I highly doubt Apple would release this without a flush lens.

As well as the ugly rubber looking "seams"? Will this be waterproof? Are they seals? Surely they could design it better for that.
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As well as the ugly rubber looking "seams"? Will this be waterproof? Are they seals? Surely they could design it better for that.


IT’S. A. PHONE. Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten the false antenna debacle.

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Like or dislike. There is one thing you need to remember. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY IT.

I buy the newest every year and if they make two iPhone sizes, I will own both.

Actually, yes I do [have to buy it].

But I won't be buying two sizes simultaneously. Seems a bit, how shall I say, unnecessary. Seems more pragmatic to make an actual decision and move on. I don't think I want to emulate Steve Wozniac, who carries 10 phones because he thinks they are all "pretty".
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Sorry, I just can't see how they will release this device with a protruding lens.
(remaining skeptical)

 

I will honestly say that I haven't messed with any of those iPhone external lenses that are available out there, but would the protruding lens better enable a host of external lenses that can better align by 'clicking' over the small extrusion and maybe magnetically stay in place?  Could this be a reason for the protruding?

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MacRumors has a story claiming the A8 chip for the new iPhone only has 1GB RAM. Is it really that expensive to bump it up to 2GB?

 

Not necessarily that expensive, but definitely a battery sucker, and Apple would rather improve battery life than throw a bunch of somewhat unnecessary RAM at the phone.  They would rather manage the user interface with less RAM and save battery life.

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Not necessarily that expensive, but definitely a battery sucker, and Apple would rather improve battery life than throw a bunch of somewhat unnecessary RAM at the phone.  They would rather manage the user interface with less RAM and save battery life.
I don't think more RAM would be considered unnecessary. Certainly not on the iPad. My 5S is better than my iPad Air in that regard but I do have occasional app crashes. Hopefully there are improvements with iOS 8. Safari especially needs it.
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It's a gorgeous bloody phone. I'll take two.

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I was being sarcastic. I was trying pre-empt all the "why those ugly bands" and "the phone isn't flat" comments.

 

I forgot to write /s.

 

Why don't you go back and edit your post then? (Just click on the pencil icon on the bottom left).

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So, this Feld & Volk are in possession of stolen contraband. Why isn't the FBI all over this?

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It is remarkable how these amateur videos and photos are so poorly lit and framed. Why bother adding music and titles if you can't even get it in focus?

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So, this Feld & Volk are in possession of stolen contraband. Why isn't the FBI all over this?

Because they are in Russia.

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Sorry, I just can't see how they will release this device with a protruding lens.
(remaining skeptical)

To clarify; it's not an aesthetic thing (so much) as a use thing. The fact that the device will no longer lay flat on it's back (not to mention it no longer standing flat on it's edges), loses a lot of practical use along with a good quantity of apps.

Also seems to me that along with the increased size, that little protruding ring will quickly wear a hole through (stretched) rear pants pockets.

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 (not to mention it no longer standing flat on it's edges)

I have actually used the standing on side feature several times for Facetime.

 

I also use the phone sitting flat on my desk every day, but I have a bunch of new mouse pads lying around so I will just put one where I usually place my phone. That should take care of that problem.

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Because they are in Russia.

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To clarify; it's not an aesthetic thing (so much) as a use thing. The fact that the device will no longer lay flat on it's back (not to mention it no longer standing flat on it's edges), loses a lot of practical use along with a good quantity of apps.

Also seems to me that along with the increased size, that little protruding ring will quickly wear a hole through (stretched) rear pants pockets.

 

I'm sure if you put it in a case, it would not matter.

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Next time, post a photo of Comic Store Guy so people will get the reference.

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Sorry, I just can't see how they will release this device with a protruding lens.
(remaining skeptical)

I say that every time I see the Nikon D810 DSLR monstrosity. /s

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Sorry, I just can't see how they will release this device with a protruding lens.
(remaining skeptical)

As am I. With Apple's design and build quality, one would be hard-pressed to see the outline of the SIM tray in a video. The eject hole? Yes. But not the rest. 

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It only has 1Gb of RAM!!! I'm not buying this! Not in 2014!

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This does not seem correct... iOS 8 has a red iTunes logo at that point of boot up (not a blue one)
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Originally Posted by Skillquest View Post
This does not seem correct... iOS 8 has a red iTunes logo at that point of boot up (not a blue one)


Wait, really? In the betas, you mean? I’m seeing otherwise.

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Originally Posted by Skillquest View Post
This does not seem correct... iOS 8 has a red iTunes logo at that point of boot up (not a blue one)


Wait, really? In the betas, you mean? I’m seeing otherwise.

 

In the earlier iOS 8 betas it still had a blue logo as mentioned in the article.

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Yes in the latest beta.  I am running Yosemite also with the latest iTunes (which has a red logo).   I wonder if it has  anything to do with that.   I don't want to reset my phone just to grab a picture now :) 

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