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Rumor: iPhone 5S could have Dedicated Motion-Tracking Chip and 31% Performance Improvement, Plus… Graphite Color Option?

As September draws nearer, the iPhone 5S/iPhone 5C rumors are becoming increasingly specific. The latest bits of info sure to tantalize iOS fans come from Clayton Morris of Fox News, who reports that the iPhone 5S could be 31% faster than its predecessor due to the expected A7 processor. Additionally, Morris expects the handset to come with a dedicated motion-tracking chip.

13.08.15-A6While noteworthy performance improvements are all-but guaranteed in any iPhone upgrade, the 31% figure is a little staggering. Perhaps KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is correct in predicting that Apple’s move to ARMv8 architecture will significantly boost efficiency. Besides that bit of speculation, we’re left to wonder how the next iPhone could leap this far forward–at least until Tim Cook gets on stage and lays it out.

As for the dedicated motion-tracking chip, it’s rumored that such a hardware upgrade could serve the iPhone’s camera package. Apple holds a number of post-processing patents that would require such a component, and it could be that the iPhone 5S will introduce long-rumored functionally like “gaze detection.”

… Of course, maybe you’re more interested in rumors of the colorful sort–and there’s some of that going on already this week, too. New leaked images appear to show an iPhone 5S in graphite with black trim. The puts potential color options for the iPhone 5S at black, white, gold, and graphite–all colors that strikingly contrast the bright, vivid varieties expected for the iPhone 5C.

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