Confirmed: Next-gen iPhone to sport dual-core A5

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It’s now confirmed that the next-generation iPhone (supposedly to be called the iPhone 5), will feature Apple’s dual-core A5 chip, running at 1GHz. Continue reading to find out how this was found.

It’s quite simple. Earlier today, Apple released iOS 4.3 to the public. They’ve also uploaded the 3 firmwares (IPSWs) for the iPad 2: WiFi, GSM, CDMA. Inside each of these firmwares are the usual kernelcache files, one for each device. Apple also decided to include the kernelcache for the next iPhone (“codemodel”: N94; the iPhone 4 (GSM) is N90, and the iPhone 4 (CDMA) is N92). After opening it in a hex editor, the processor was quickly found near the very bottom. It reads: S5L8940

So there you have it folks. The next-generation iPhone will run Apple’s A5 chip.

What I find funny is how other blogs are calling this a “ripped apart” find. All it took was a download and an opening of a file in a hex editor. The process took about 10 seconds (after the original IPSW was downloaded, of course).

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