Image of Apple's upcoming A10 chip surfaces on Weibo

Apple's new line of iPhones will be powered by the company's new A10 processor whose images have leaked a month before it is expected to be announced.

Images of Apple's upcoming A10 chip have surfaced on Weibo even though the leak doesn't accompany any additional details about the processor.

The images were spotted not long after images of the logic board of Apple's upcoming chip were revealed on the same website. As of now, we aren't aware of the A10's capabilities but as per the usual cycle, it should bring in better power-efficiency, improved multitasking support, reduced battery consumption and faster speeds compared to the A9 processor which powered iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPhone SE.

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Apple is also expected to unveil A10X chip for its future line of iPads, notably iPad Air 3, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro 2. All these iPads are also expected to launch in the course of the next few months. It was also reported earlier this year that Apple may replace Qualcomm's LTE modem chips with Intel's LTE chips in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets.

Qualcomm currently supplies MDM9635 LTE chips that power Apple's latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones. These chips offer download and upload speeds of 300 Mbps and 50 Mbps and are compatible with the LTE- Advanced specification which is the current standard for premium 4G phones. The fact that Apple may go for Intel's LTE chips isn't something that we haven't heard before. Back in March, CLSA Securities analyst Srini Pajjuri said in a research note that Intel has secured a contract to supply 30 to 40 per cent of LTE chips for Apple's next iPhone. According to him, the rest of the chips will continue to be manufactured and supplied by Qualcomm.

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Around the same time, Intel announced its new Intel® XMM™ 7360 LTE Advanced modem chips which are capable of offering "support for up to Category 10 and download speeds up to 450 Mbps." Announcing the chip at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel said that "its compact size and power efficiency enable the Intel XMM 7360 to accommodate a wide range of form factors, from smartphones and phablets to tablets and PCs. It also expands Intel’s portfolio of LTE solutions, giving device manufacturers a competitive option to quickly design and launch LTE devices in various market segments and geographies.

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