When Apple introduced the iPhone 5s last year, it also discussed a new co-processor called “M7.” The chip allows the iPhone 5s to track motion and is capable of collecting data from the phone’s compasses, accelerometer and other sensors to show how far you’ve moved and more. We haven’t heard much about Apple’s next-generation processor, but a set of alleged schematics shows us what the M7’s successor might be capable of.
GeekBar, which has published other schematics, revealed a document that appears to detail the M7’s successor, which is code named “Phosphorus.” GeekBar jumps quickly to conclusions and says that there’s data here that shows that Apple’s A8 processor and Phosphorus co-processor will be able to link to third party accessories to sync up with HealthKit. Of note are several references to “Oscar” throughout the schematic, which was the codename for Apple’s M7 processor last year. Perhaps Phosphorus is a separate co-processor altogether.
The iPhone 6 is expected to make its debut during a rumored press event on Sept. 9. We’ll learn about all of its features, including any potential new co-processors, at that time.