Apple iPhone 5 board surfaces shows LTE modem and A6 SoC

Italian blog HDBlog.it has published a picture showing two logic boards that are apparently destined to equip the Apple iPhone 5. The picture shows an A6 system-on-chip, which is likely to be the follow up of the A5X as well as a 4G LTE modem, a Qualcomm MDM9615M.

The 9615M was launched earlier this year and will also be used on other Android and Windows 8/RT platforms as well. This is an updated version of the MDM9600 which appeared on the new iPad back in March. The board also houses a Hynix SK memory chip (rather than Samsung's) as well as an unidentified APPLE-labelled, Toshiba and Elpida Memory.

An A6 SoC goes against what most have expected and could be a sign that Apple is feeling the pressure from the competition and has decided to up the ante by releasing a quad-core version of the A5X with a quad-core GPU set up.

All major rivals to the iPhone 4S including the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 run on a quad-core processor, either from Nvidia or from Samsung.

ITProPortal will be reporting live on Apple’s announcement in a few minutes so make sure you stick with us and bookmark our live blog as we find out more about the new products and services launched by the tech giant. Other than the iPhone 5, we expect to see a cheaper version of the iPhone 4S, an iPad mini and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display.