Is This The SoC Of The iPhone 5?

Pictures of what looks like the system on chip of Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5 has emerged online via the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Weibo.

PhoneArena, the first Western website to write about the apparent leak, claims that this is not the same chip as the one found in the iPad 2 although the layout appears to be similar.

Rather than just the chip itself, it is the complete motherboard of what purports to be the next iPhone 5 that has been leaked.

Whether it is a genuine piece of hardware or not is something that remains to be seen. Apple's iPhone 5 - which should be launched later next month - is likely to inherit the same Samsung built ARM-based Cortex-A9 powered A5 system on chip.

The SoC comes with two PowerVR SGX543MP+ GPU cores and two cores clocked at 1GHz and are likely to have been fabbed using a 45nm manufacturing process.

The chipsets that will equip the follow-ups to the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2 are likely to be built by Taiwan-based foundry TSMC, with the ongoing legal confrontation between former best friends Samsung Electronics and Apple turning very ugly, with both companies suing and counter-suing each other in mostly patent related matters.