Will The iPhone 5 Be Quad-Core?
Welcome back, iPhone geeks, to the second half of iPhone rumor season. Like the All Star break to Major League Baseball, this yearâ€™s WWDC has cleanly separated the early rumor season from the home stretch, and what an early season it was!
So far, most of the iPhone â€ś5â€ť rumors center on a 4-inch screen and form factor, brand new case design, a smaller, 19-pin dock connector and possible NFC capabilities. As with each of Appleâ€™s product revisions, the new iPhone will almost certainly be thinner, take better pictures and be even more powerful than before. This iPhone has to compete with the likes of Samsungâ€™s Galaxy S III, after all, which has been receiving some very positive press.
Now, a new rumor suggests the next iPhone will be powered by a similar processor as the S III.
This rumor comes to you courtesy of the often-wrong DigiTimes, however, so best to read on with caution.
According to DigiTimes, sources in the industry have said Apple will use a quad-core ARM processor based on Samsungâ€™s Exynos 4 architecture.
This new chip was announced by Samsung in April and is said to be just as efficient as it is powerful.
â€śTo improve power efficiency, Samsung adopted hot-plug functionality to support on-off switching for each core as well as the per-core dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS), which offers a dramatic reduction in power consumption by adapting different levels of voltage and frequency when changing workloads,â€ť according to a Samsung statement.
This new processor is present in the international versions of Samsungâ€™s S III, though the American variety uses another processor.
Should this rumor pan out, this would be the first time the iPhone houses a better processor than the current iPad.
Since the iPadâ€™s introduction in 2010, the iPhone has always taken on the processor introduced in Appleâ€™s tablet, beginning with the A4 in the original iPad and iPhone 4. While many expected the latest iPad to introduce a new, A6 processor, Apple instead opted for an A5X processor, which offered improved graphics in order to power the Retina Display. The A5X CPU remained dual core, though itâ€™s GPU was doubled to include quad-core power.
DigiTimes also points out that HTC, LG, and Samsung each have quad-core smartphones on the market. As such, many more are expected to arrive shortly as Qualcomm releases their lineup of Snapdragon quad-core processors. NVIDIA, too, is expected to release a quad-core variant of their Tegra-3 chipsets.
DigiTimes also notes that such an upgrade to their processor could earn it the title A6, the next major upgrade to Appleâ€™s System on a Chip line.
Such an announcement from Apple could further illuminate the interesting relationship Apple has with Samsung. Though they are currently fighting one another in court roomâ€™s across the world, the two are still working partners. Apple still buys their flash memory from Samsung, for instance, and still uses Samsungâ€™s A5 and A5X designs.
The next iPhone is expected to be released this fall, just after iOS 6 makes its way into the world.
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