iPhone 5S Specs: New A7 chip with 1GB RAM, 8MP Camera with F/2.0 Aperture, Fingerprint sensor, 128GB model, Gold color option [Analyst]


KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report to clients where he has updated his predictions for the iPhone 5S.

Ming-Chi Kuo has a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s product plans.

Here are some of the highlights from his latest research note.

  • He claims that iPhone 5S will be powered by a new A7 chip with 1GB LPDDR3 RAM, a sapphire Home button with fingerprint sensor.
  • He also expects it to feature an 8-megapixel camera like the iPhone 5, but with larger f/2.0 aperature, which should improve low-light performance.
  • He also claims that iPhone 5S will be available in new gold color.
  • He also expects Apple to offer a high-end 128GB storage option.
  • He doesn’t expect iPhone 5S to come with NFC capabilities.

He had this to say about 1GB RAM (which would be the same as iPhone 5):

We reckon A7 will upgrade memory bandwidth spec to LPDDR3 from LPDDR2 adapted by A6, in an effort to improve system performance. Since Apple is in charge of both hardware  and OS design, it is capable of minimalizing memory capacity at an optimized state. Therefore, A7’s RAM will likely be unchanged at 1GB.


Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to sell 35 million iPhone 5S units in 2013 as long as fingerprint reader manufacturers can meet the demand. That number doesn’t include iPhone previous generation models and the low-cost iPhone 5C.

We’ve been conflicting reports about the amount of RAM and iPhone 5S’ camera. Vietnamese site Tinhte has claimed the new A7 chip will come with 2GB RAM and there have been reports that iPhone 5S will feature a 12-megapixel camera.

Apple will reportedly launch the next generation iPhone and perhaps even the rumored budget iPhone 5C at a media event on September 10.

Let us know what you think of the specs. Will you buy or upgrade to iPhone 5S?

[Via 9to5Mac]

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  • Bob Saget

    In my opinion the iPhone 5S or whatever it is needs to be juiced up on steroids because the last 3 iPhones have sucked in comparison to the high end smartphones on the market. Many people might be jumping ship from Apple to other phones if the 5S is just a hardware upgrade with absolutely no new innovation. If ANYONE at Apple is reading this..Get your shit together or dig up Steve Jobs because you guys have been sucking ass lately.

    • Mark Tuttle

      I totally agree with you the last best phone was the 4s made of glass Since Steve passed away these guys have no ideas at all 5 looks crap and slightes knocks it scratches come on apple listen to your buyers your supposed to be the Ferrari of phones your going backwards gold looks awfull by the way looks like piss mustard

      • Jobs Reincarnate

        Do you honestly think that these phones weren’t in the early design stage when Jobs was still around? They don’t start planning the next phone the day they release the current model. These phones have been in the pipeline for a couple of years. But its easy to blame stuff on a dead guy!

        • marpilli

          “But its easy to blame stuff on a dead guy!” Like, um, success???

      • DarkiMage

        Lol. Piss Mustard! Good one

    • Carlos

      Te regular user doesn’t care. I know 3 people who bought iphone 5 this week, that’s knowing that the 5s is coming. They just WANT one.

      They’ll sell 30-40 million iPhone 5s and millions more of the iPhone 5c (maybe even more than the 5s) and they will break sale records for iPhone again.

      Every year a new iPhone comes, and every year guys like you say it will suck and that Apple is going to go bankrupt and that it won’t sell. Yet every year they break their previous sales record.

    • Carlos

      1) nobody at apple is reading what you post.

      2) the last 3 iPhone have been crap for YOU, but for the 100 million or so people who have bought the last 3 iPhones the phone is the best. It is what they want.

    • justdoit917

      As much I love what you say – No ONE at Apple is listening to this. They still think they can beat what Steve Jobs dreams were….only Stock price will dictate what changes Apple got to make to compete in this market. It is a shame being an iPhone 5 user that 5s specs does not cut to my liking or needs.


    That gold colour in the pic looks more like a mustard colour. I lknow it’s just a mock-up, but mustard is a horrible colour.

    • Gautam

      Agreed, it looks f-ugly.

    • bingobangoboy

      Totally disagree; that colour is awesome. Gold should only be for pole dancers & figure skaters.

      • DEFMAD

        lol, each to thier own. Mustard is one of the fashion colours being worn recently, I see people wear it, but everyone I know hates the colour. I guess that’s the thing with fashion, people follow blindly!

  • Alan

    I like to get the latest and greatest, so can’t wait to get my hands on new iPhone :)

    • -X-

      LOL!!! You’re such a sheep.

      • DarkiMage

        Lol…he is a sheep..i wonder how he feels if they keep the same design for over 10 years and just upgrade the hardware.

        • Alan

          And u are saying that because Samsung came out with something revolutionary … no wait, it was SG4 which looks the SG3, the plastic piece of crap.

  • Tom

    Highly doubt they will make 128gb model

    • Pacomacman

      Why not, we’ve already got 128Gb iPads

  • Brian

    It’s all about market strategy. The tease a little more with each phone. It’s like any drug. Give them a little to get them hooked and they will stay hooked and coming back.

  • Casey

    Ram and CPU is never an issue, it’s apple

    • bcsc

      Tell that to people with iPhone 4 and 4s’s that get shut out of new features every iteration of iOS. 1-2 years from now these phones will not be running major features of iOS 8 because of the poor internals. Ala Siri, Maps, and tons of other features that only the 5 has the power to do.

      • Sean Karpa

        Most Androids are still on version 2.x
        At least iPhones get regular updates.

        • Tony

          my phone is on 4.0.4 ice cream sandwich. where do you live, under a rock?.

        • Tony

          xperia mini pro, xperia mini, ray, arc s, neo v, active, pro, s, ion, acro hd, acro s, sola, neo l, p, u, go, sx tip, gx niro, tl, sl, j, ax, z, e, sp, zl, zr ul, l, c, m,z ultra, … and u know what? THATS JUST FOR SONY PHONES. i could bring up the list for samsung, lg, htc, google… seriously..

  • http://www.facebook.com/scarflix Ben Scarborough

    What the hell?! Awesome!

  • Dave

    If this is what Apple has up it’s sleeve, it’s a major setback. They have thrown out innovation and just riding on the Apple name brand. Perhaps Apple needs to hit rock bottom again to show it needs it’s consumers?

  • G-Bot

    Apple really need to up their game and stop releasing these ‘S’ versions which offer little more than the original. I for one will be jumping ship if they don’t pull something good out of the bag. Apple are being left behind by the likes of HTC and Samsung. Even the Nexus 4 benchmarks better than the iPhone 5 and that’s only about £250!

    • Pacomacman

      Now this isn’t entirely true. The iPhone 5 still does very well against all the latest smartphone when it comes to GLBenchmarks. Ok the CPU benchmarks might be lower (being a dual core 1.2GHz), but that’s not real world performance just bigger numbers. I’ve got an HTC One (quad core 1.7GHz) and yet my iPhone 5 is faster in games and general UI.

  • http://way2ios.com/ Krish

    I believe the best is yet to come from Apple

  • Ritesh Joshi

    The gold color in this post is really fugly…. The real gold iPhone 5S which is going to be announced is this

  • Osnaldo

    Oh yeah, take my money I like. But I neeeeeeeed a ipad mini too.

  • Alex

    This is an even worse upgrade than the 4/4S upgrade, for the average iPhone user faster ram, CPU and a finger scanner that like Siri may never get used, the extra cost over a 5 isn’t worth it.

    • Carlos

      That’s better. The iPhone 5 will be cheaper and you can get one of those then.

      If it works, why does it need more and more specs?

      What difference does it make to my experience using the phone? If a dual core in an iPhone 5 performs as well and sometimes even better than a Quad or Octa Core then what do I care?

    • Carlos

      Who told you that it’s an extra cost over a 5? iPhones are the same price when they come out.

  • Franklin Richards

    Based on this spec. Apple is doomed to fail. BUT it’s not official, it’s just some guys predictions. Though tbh. I don’t really care about the iPhone. I just want a iPad Mini Retina. Please don’t make me wait another half a year!

  • http://nurudin.jauhari.net/ Jauhari

    Why Rear Camera iPhone 5S still said 8MP?

    • kirk305

      Why you no read article?

    • Carlos

      They want to sell you the same phone at a premium.

  • Duston Foster

    I STILL, do not believe there is going to be a “Budget / Cheap ” iPhone !! I know it!!

    • iMan

      Your going to eat your words

      • Duston Foster

        We’ll see..

    • Carlos

      The iPhone 5c plastic is coming. It’s a fact. Not a rumor anymore.

      It makes sense. There is no “contract” in other parts of the world. You pay the phone cash. Also a lot of people just need the basics. Look at all the cheap low
      Spec phones Samsung sells. It gives people a choice.

      • Duston Foster

        You can’t call it a “fact’, Apple clearly has not announced anything and until they do everything we hear is just a rumour !

        • Carlos

          It’s a fact. Deal with it.

          I saw the iPhone 5 fully working WITH the redesigned headsets a month before it was announced on YouTube.

          All the leaked pictures is exactly what’s coming. Accept it and move on.

    • Carlos

      There you go. It’s official now. You believe it now?

  • that one guy

    If this is true then……………
    FAIL!!!!!!!!! Losing to Samsung by a long shot.
    Even the new 42 MP Nokia sounds more exciting than this :/

    • Carlos

      Doesn’t matter. They will sell many millions and make huge profits.

  • James

    Wow these are the specs for the 5s very sad. Apple is making the fan boys pay extra for additional colors and a fingerprint sensor. Since Jobs died Apple has been playing catch up in the smartphones field. GS4 is still a better buy then the 5s and the HTC One and GS4 camera trumps the iphone 5 and 5s . Also with the Note 3 release around the corner expect Apple to lose more smartphone users with the type of specs the 5s has.

    • Carlos

      HTC ONE camera isn’t very good. iPhone 5 camera is better. GS4 camera is better than both of those.

    • Connor Duffy

      All of the phones that you are mentioning we’re released months after the iphone 5 what do you expect no phone will compete for long in today’s market

    • Sebastian Rasch

      Specs are not everything. Like always, it’s other things that count in the iPhone. And even with lower specs it’s as fast as phones with much better specs. Not all of them, but many.

  • Steroc

    I remember when people wanted cars with big engines, more valves, more CC then it was realised that more power and reliability could be had out of smaller engines with the right power management. Maybe Apple are one step ahead and realise the same counts for technology. It’s not about specs, it’s about performance. Higher specs don’t equal better performance.

    • Sean Karpa

      Great insight.

  • John

    I know that this is just speculation, but this is pretty damn disappointing.

    • Carlos

      Every year everyone is disappointed by the new iPhone.

  • Lazar

    iPhone 5S can be much better with 12-megapixel camera!

  • silos

    can some one remind me of innovations the android phones have? from what i know its just bigger aspects but no innovations. bigger pixels in a camera and screen size? NFC but who uses that. I don’t know anyone

    • Duston Foster

      I would upgrade from my iPhone 5 to the next gen model if the only upgrades were NFC and camera enhancements! I would love NFC so I can use it for pay pass !!!

    • Carlos

      Remind of you of Android innovations? Have you been living under an Apple rock?

      You know how much more powerful Google Now is than Siri?

      Do you know you can tile apps on the screen and work with more than one thing at a time?

      Ever heard of Widgets? And Lock screen apps and widgets?

      Do you know that a phone with android will know by the orientation of your head not to rotate the screen if you’re lying in bed?

      Setting default apps for different kinds of files?

      Waving your hand to wake up the screen? To look at your notifications

      Even better, on OLED screens, turning on specific parts of the screen so the screen is always showing you the time and notifications without draining your battery. No need to wake up the phone at all. Ever.

      I could go on forever.

      • justdoit917

        I am long time user of Android phone – everything has its own limitations. Power is not the only domain the market is played at – it is the usability, functionality and adaptation to end user needs – which Apple has failed specially on techy or knowledgeable people. Phones may be great, but the apps/widgets are the killers of Android phone due to poor memory management and batteries. iOS is good on Usability, Functionality, better battery usage but restricts end users to their own needs. Android is good giving end users the power to change, with widgets, but suck with resources management(battery, ram/memory) and Usability. Both are bad at Stock apps which end users cannot delete them wasting all sorts of limited resources. So buyer beware comes to play. With these specs I am not a Apple iPhone 5S buyer when I use iPhone 5.

        • Tony

          actually, its known that android is VERY good at managing resources. i never ever have to open a task manager and kill processes… i never experience the lag to do so. and battery life? hah at least i dont need to buy an external charger. am i the only one who finds it shameful of apple that i would need to buy an case with an integrated battery?

          • Carlos

            I think he’s one of these guy who sees his memory all used and he panics.

            The OS is supposed to use ALL your available memory. What’s the point of having ram if it sits there empty. The OS will manage.

        • Carlos

          You’re basically saying “everything sucks”. Well, thanks for that. I didn’t know.

  • Carlos

    Your specs are wrong.

    iPhone 5 has a 1440mAh battery, not 1600mAh.

    • Sean Karpa

      He is referring to the new iPhone “5c”

      • Carlos

        The specs are STILL wrong. The 5s and 5c have a battery of 1560mAh.

        • Tony

          both are still puny

  • Carlos

    All the iPhone needs is to be thicker and put a bigger battery in there. Battery life sucks.

  • Carlos

    We know there’s an iPhone 5s ad iPhone 5c. We’ve even seen the packaging of the 5c. It’s not rumor. It is real. Just like when the iPhone 5 was leaked with the headphones. It’s all real.

    The one thing we don’t know are the actual specifications. We really don’t know. 8MP or 12MP?

    All we know for sure is that it’ll be an Apple A7, because 7 follows 6. Other than that, we don’t know anything else.

  • Jerry P

    In one month I get an upgrade. I am currently on an iPhone 4s and i loved the phone BUT if these are the specs then I am jumping ship and going back to Android. For the same price I can get a GS4 and have better performance from my phone.

  • Jay

    sell iPhone5S at a much lower price…enough said.

  • justdoit917

    Not good enough for me to spend $299 and give up my Unlimited data plan for an iPhone 5S when I already own a iPhone 5. Being a faithful Apple products user, this is a sham built or thinking of Apple – people still love them. Yes of course they do for non-tech people or 4/4S users but definitely not for iPhone 5 users.

  • Sebastian Rasch

    Let’s hope the 128GB makes the 64GB version cheaper!

  • Tiran

    Make battery to be longer

  • Marvin Porciuncula

    I think (I hope, as i want to buy one next month) 5s would be a quadcore with 2gb ram n_n