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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 30

John Cox | Sept. 3, 2014
The iOSphere became still more convinced that mobile payments via iPhone are just days away with the expected Sept. 9 unveiling of iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 will have redesigned charger

An unsourced photograph purportedly reveals a redesigned charger for the iPhone 6 in the U.S. market, according to a staff post at AppleInsider.

"The part depicted in the photograph, which appeared on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, bears the same physical design as Apple's current charging adapter in Australia. It is slightly wider than the current U.S. model, with notches on either side to allow a more solid grip when plugging and unplugging," according to the post.

Why would Apple redesign the charger?

"There is no word on why Apple would make such a move, though it is possible that the company plans to increase the charger's capacity above its current five watts," AppleInsider speculates. "The so-called "iPhone 6" is rumored to ship with a battery some 46 percent larger than the battery in the iPhone 5s."

The post repeated a recent rumor that Apple is redesigning the Lightning charger cable so that one end has a reversible USB Type-A plug, meaning you can push the plug into the port with either side up. How likely that is depends on how much credence you give to other unsourced photographs.

iPhone 6 will have only 1GB of RAM

The dispiriting rumor that Apple will keep iPhone 6 RAM to the same 1GB in the current iPhone 5s and 5c was renewed this week when a new photo from Field & Volk and Australian Leaker Sonny Dickson showed what purports to be an assembled logic board for the new phone.

Various deductions, including some crowd-source speculation in the MacRumor forums, reached the conclusion that the A8 chip shown has 1GB of RAM, according to Eric Slivka's post at MacRumors.

Here's the purported iphone 6 logic board, for a 4.7-inch model at right, compared to the existing iPhone 5s logic board at left.

One forum member claims that the A8 processor shows it contains RAM from Korea's Hynix. "Based on Hynix's part number format, the character in the eighth position reveals the amount of RAM in the package, with an "8" denoting 8 Gb (1 GB) and a "B" denoting 16 Gb (2 GB)," according to Slivka.

"While it is a bit difficult to read the part number clearly given the distance and angle in the photo, our staff and several posters in our forum agree that the character very much appears to be an 8, indicating 1 GB of RAM," he concludes. Talk about conclusive.

The agreement probably went like this....

"Definitely an 8."

"Are you blind? That's clearly a B."

"I'm telling you, it's an 8!"

"Let's put it to a vote. All those who think it's an 8, raise your hands....."


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