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iFixit deciphers 4th gen iPhone chip details

The second leaked 4th gen iPhone provides us with some detailed images of the A4 processor powering the upcoming device. The guys at iFixit helps us decipher the clues in the photos.

The second leaked 4th gen iPhone provides us with some detailed images of the A4 processor powering the upcoming device. The guys at iFixit helps us decipher the clues in the photos:

The silkscreen on the production A4 reads: APL0398 339S0084 YNL215X0 K4X2G643GE N26CGM0T

The leaked prototype has these markings: APL0398 339S0084 YNE07423 K4X2G643GE GSA1400A

The two numbers that are different are likely manufacturing numbers (each lot of chips is stamped with a unique number to track them through the supply chain). The important numbers are: APL0398 339S0084 <-- Apple A4 K4X2G643GE <-- 256 MB Samsung DRAM (two dies)

Our engineers are not surprised by this finding. We were very impressed by the extraordinarily low power consumption of the iPad, and remarked at the time that its power consumption and board design was much more in line with handheld devices than laptop computers.

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