A new set of schematics, published by GeekBar (Via G 4 Games) in a post on Weibo, allegedly show the successor to Apple’s M7 motion co-processor found in the iPhone 5s. The new chip is labeled “Phosphorous”.
GeekBar claims “Phosphorus” will be the successor to the M7, collecting motion data as well as processing other health-related information handled by Apple’s new HealthKit API. This chip potentially is the power behind Apple’s new Health app for iOS 8, which will import data from the iPhone and other third-party devices in order to create an overview of the user’s health.
Apple introduced its new Health tracking app and HealthKit API alongside iOS 8 in June at WWDC 2014. The new functionality enables developers to build health and fitness-related functionality in their apps and devices. Apple is also reportedly in talks with health organizations and insurance companies to expand its HealthKit initiative.
UPDATE – The schematic is likely not displaying the next-generation M7 chip, the ‘Phosphorus’ chip shown in the schematic above is more likely to the barometer/air pressure sensor we reported on back in June. Kudos to MacRumors forum member leecbaker for noticing the likeness.