Is This the iPhone 5S Processor?

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It appears that Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iPhone 5S will get a boost in processing power. According to an insider source cited by Fox News correspondent Clayton Morris via MacRumors, the next generation of Apple’s flagship smartphone will feature an A7 chip that is reportedly 31 percent faster than the current A6 chip found in Apple’s iPhone 5.

Morris also tweeted: “I’ve also heard there’s a separate chip devoted to motion tracking. Should be an interesting camera upgrade.” Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac noted that Apple researcher Hamza Sood previously discovered an iPhone camera mode called “Mogul” in a beta version of iOS 7, fueling speculation that the rumored motion tracking chip be used to power a new slow-motion camera mode.

Although Morris speculated that the motion tracking chip will power a camera feature, it is also possible that the chip is intended for a gesture control feature. Jony Ive — Apple’s head of human interface design — had previously consulted with gesture control technology specialists, according to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg earlier this year.

9to5Mac’s Gurman also noted another iPhone 5S processor rumor. According to his sources, Apple has been testing a prototype of a 64-bit version of the A7 chip. Although it is not clear if this chip will be ready for the upcoming iPhone 5S, the processor is likely to be used in the iPad 5.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on September 10, according to AllThingsD’s sources. Besides an upgraded processor and camera, the iPhone 5S is also rumored to include a fingerprint scanner.

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