iPhone 5S Said to Come in Gold, A7 Chip, Faster RAM, 128GB Storage Option


Screen Shot 2013 08 15 at 10 51 55 PM

Image via Martin Hajek

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report predicting the specifications for Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 5S upgrade. According to the report (via 9to5Mac), one can expect to hear the following upgrades at the September 10 iPhone event:

  1. the new A7, ARMv8 based AP (application processor), featuring a 1GB LPDDR3 RAM chip
  2. a sapphire home button with fingerprint sensor
  3. main camera unchanged with 8MP, but featuring a larger F2.0 aperture with dual flash lights
  4. new option for golden casing
  5. new option for 128GB storage.

The RAM is said to be upgraded to faster LPDDR3 alongside the A7 chip to improve performance, compared to the LPDDR2 RAM and the A6 chip in the iPhone 5. Despite the faster RAM, the capacity will stay at 1GB, as Kuo deduces Apple’s control over both iOS and hardware will help maintain optimized performance levels.

Kuo believes Apple will sell 35 million iPhone 5 units in 2013 as long as parts suppliers, specifically sapphire fingerprint sensor makers, can keep up with demand.

It would be odd for Apple to choose gold for a third colour option as so far we’ve only seen black and white for both iPhones and iPads (earlier chatter has also mentioned a gold option; as far back as May purported SIM tray leaks hinted a new colour option could be coming) to date.

The extra 128GB capacity option would be welcomed with open arms by many iPhone users. With the iPad recently gaining 128GB storage options recently, it would be natural to assume this option will make its way to the iPhone.

Are we going to see a gold iPhone option–or does that just sound…crazy?


  • Shameer Mulji

    A gold color iPhone doesn’t sound crazy if it looks something like this;

  • K4


  • Setak

    ”With the iPad recently gaining 128GB storage options recently”, that’s pretty recent !

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  • Erik Kappel

    I’ve been saying this for a while now, but maybe if I say it enough times, it’ll finally happen lol. I’d like them to retire 16gb, make the standard 32gb and keep it at the old 16gb model’s price point and so on for 64gb and 128gb. 16gb is small as hell by todays standards, and by the growing size of apps.

  • MikeJenkinson

    I’d totally get a gold iPhone.

  • Tired8281

    I wonder if the A7 will be an A7, an A9 or an A15.

    They didn’t make this confusing at all, did they?

  • When you think about it, it’s a total baussss move.

  • DC

    Actually, if Apple is targeting chinese market, a gold iphone will sell like crazy in mainland china.

  • Yeah I can see that. It would be a smart play to demographics that have the desire to ‘show off their wealth’. what better than an iPhone made out of….gooooollllddddddd

  • MrXax

    Gold is gaudy as hell… if it’s true, I hope they look a damn sight better than those mock-ups.