Apple's next-generation iPhone will reportedly be powered by a future version of the company's indigenously developed "homebred" silicon.
According to AppleInsider, the fourth-generation iPhone is expected to meld ARM's latest multi-core Cortex reference designs with Imagination's upcoming GPU components into a "fine-tuned," customized SoC (system-on-a-chip) package.
"These enhancements, along with improvements to the iPhone software, are expected to translate into quantifiable improvements in battery life and the overall speed of the iPhone interface and the software that runs on top of it," wrote AppleInsider's Kasper Jade.
Jade added that Engadget has already published a photo of what appears to be one Apple's fourth-generation [prototype] iPhones.
"Cosmetically, the iPhone in the photo appears without its iconic aluminum bezel. Instead, the device is surrounded by a black plastic of aluminum material.
"Either that, or the handset is wrapped 80 percent of the way in a rubberized protective holder like the iPad prototype it rests on top of, though the quality of the image leaves this assertion to considerable debate."