iPhone 5 release date officially pegged for September 12

The shadow on the invite shows a 5, which almost definitely means Apple is to call its latest handset the iPhone 5.

Based on the roadmap of mobile chip design specialist ARM (of which Apple is a licensee), we’ll see a quad-core processor debut in the new iPhone 5 – probably called the Apple A6. We’ve seen other quad core handsets debut in 2012, so it’s not too much of a stretch to say that the new iPhone 5 will be the same.

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We had expected some kind of help in terms of predicting the iPhone 5 CPU from the launch of the new iPad, but the announcement of a slightly tweaked A5X processor really didn’t help things there.

According to a tip to 9to5Mac, the CPU will be the S5L8950X. Again this could be a derivative of the A5, but as 9to5Mac points out, Apple is probably working on a low-power 32nm version of the processor. As we could well have guessed, that processor will be manufactured by Samsung but designed by Apple itself.

New photos have shown what some believe to be the new internal chipset, which features an A6 power unit, which may up the level to quad-core power – or could be more to allow things like NFC on board too.

Alternative other pics have hinted that we’re just going to see a dual-core power unit, which would fit with previous Apple strategy of not always going for specs…many believe dual core chips are still powerful enough, and Apple could definitely follow suit.

The same report suggests 1GB of RAM, which seems right to us. Other recent reports suggest that Apple is trying to ditch Samsung as a supplier for the iPhone 5′s DRAM and NAND chips – but it’s nothing to do with the two companies’ patent battle, honest.

Images of a range of internal gubbins, all claiming to be parts of the iPhone 5, have made their way onto the internet – possibly revealing more about Apple’s sixth generation handset.

These are interesting for a number of reasons: the battery size update is only 10mAh, which hints at not much increase in processor power, nor screen size. However, it’s perfectly plausible Apple has managed to make a more efficient version of its chipset ahead of a flagship phone launch.

The antennas inside the motherboard are updated too, so once again signal performance should be enhanced… and really does make it seem likely that we’ll see some sort of 4G support.

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