iFixit’s iPhone 4S Tear Down Reveals New Qualcomm Chip

iFixit, well know for stripping Apple gear down to the frame so we can all see what’s inside, got their hands on an iPhone 4S ahead of Friday’s launch and is in the process of gutting the combination iPod and smartphone. So far, they’ve uncovered the dual-core A5 processor Apple said the phone used, along with Qualcomm’s MDM6610 GSM and CDMA combo chip.

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They also discovered that the iPhone 4S includes a Skyworks 77464-20 chip and Avago ACPM-7181 Power Amplifier. The phone’s battery offers 0.05 Watt Hours more capacity than the iPhone 4.

The A5 chip tucked inside the iPhone 4S runs a 1GHz and includes 512MB RAM — not the 1GB of RAM that had been rumored.

Hopes of a higher resolution display were dashed, too, with confirmation that the iPhone 4S uses the same 960x640 retina display used in the iPhone 4. Apple’s retina display is still impressive, so there isn’t much room to complain.

iFixit’s teardown is still underway, so there may be more surprises in store before they’re done.

The iPhone 4S officially goes on sale on Friday, October 14. The 16GB model starts at US$199, the 32GB model at $299, and the 64GB model at $399.