Says chip violates university-developed patent
The University of Wisconsin's patent licensing arm -- the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation -- is suing Apple for violating a university patent through the A7 processor found in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini. The patent is titled Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer, and credited to several computer scientists who were at UW Madison. It describes a way of improving "the efficiency and performance of contemporary computer processors."
Unveiling set off panic at Qualcomm
Apple reportedly "stunned" chipmakers when it introduced the iPhone 5s' A7 system-on-chip (SoC) in September, as the first company to embrace 64-bit architecture for mobile platforms. In a HubSpot blog post from Dan Lyons, which was spotted by AppleInsider, an unnamed source within Samsung noted that Apple's announcement was widely downplayed by competitors "but it set off panic in the industry."
Low-resolution photo shows similar body to NEX-7
Sony could be releasing a new full frame mirrorless camera in its Alpha range later this week, according to a rumor. The A7, partly shown in a low-resolution image, appears to have a similar basic body as the NEX-7, though it appears to have a raised section for a more central and higher viewfinder, along with a raised hot shoe.
A7 chip could go 64-bit, motion tracking also possible for iPhone 5S
The Apple iPhone 5S A7 chip could offer a 31 percent performance boost over the current A6 chip powering the iPhone 5, according to Fox News reporter Clayton Morris. This aligns with a separate report from 9to5Mac that suggests that Apple has been testing an A7 processor that utilizes a 64-bit ARM-based architecture, up from the current 32-bit basis of the current A6 processor in the Apple iPhone 5 and previous A-series generations.
New chip expected to be 20 percent more efficient, use faster RAM
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a technology analyst with an above-average track record for accuracy, has told investors in a note on Thursday that the iPhone "5S" expected next month from Apple will be a lot like the other "S" devices -- using the same basic form factor as the previous model, but with various tweaks on and under the hood. Kuo believes the new iPhone will mark the debut of the "A7" processor, use faster RAM, offer an improved camera and fingerprint sensor (but not near-field communication) and add a "gold" color option to the usual black and white colors.
Said to differ little from iPhone 5 board
A leaked photo shows an alleged motherboard for an "iPhone 5S," according to iOSDoc. The board is said to be roughly similar to the one for the iPhone 5, which may support views that the device will be just a modest upgrade, for instance keeping roughly the same dimensions as its predecessor. The photo does show an A7 processor, however, which the source claims is a quad-core 1.2GHz chip, paired with PowerVR's quad-core SGX554MP4 graphics.
Apple said with 1,000 CPU engineers
Apple has over 1,000 engineers working on its mobile processors, the late Steve Jobs purportedly mentioned a few weeks ago. An unnamed but "veteran" CEO said shortly after Jobs' resignation that the iconic Apple CEO had told him there were "1,000 engineers working on chips." With 20,000 workers in Apple's non-retail staff, TechCrunch noted in getting the leak, that amounted to five percent of the entire company.