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iPhone 5S to Come in Gold, 128GB Option, Analyst Says

by Jacob Kleinman | August 16, 2013August 16, 2013 8:00 am PST

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Apple’s iPhone 5S will launch in gold and with a larger capacity option, according to a report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo also said the device will pack a new A7 chip that could be as much as 20 percent more efficient than its predecessor thanks to a new processor design.

Kuo claims that the A7 chip will be based around ARMv8 architecture, while the A6 was built on ARMv7. The combination of new ARM architecture along with improved software and hardware may mean a 20 percent more efficient SoC for the iPhone 5S. That should result in a more powerful device that consumes less of your battery. Kuo also predicts faster memory specification and the same 1GB of RAM seen in the current iPhone.

Kuo suggests that the earlier champagne-colored iPhone 5S will indeed hit the market. We’ve seen parts for the third gold-colored variation, which suggest that it is indeed going to hit the market. Though, Apple typically sticks to black and white devices (or more colorful options), so it would be a break from the ordinary. The analyst believes Apple will offer a 128GB version of the new smartphone, following the trend it set with the fourth generation iPad earlier this year.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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