While there may be hundreds of rumors floating around the internet about the upcoming iPhone 5, add another one to the list. The iPhone 5, rumored to be launched in October this year, might be powered by a quad-core processor. While rumors were also there before the iPad was launched this year, about the new version being powered by a quad core A6 processor, Apple launched it with an updated version of its dual-core A5 processor, the A5X processor, with many believing that production of the processor could not be ramped up in time.
Who started this rumor about iPhone 5 processor?
This rumor about the iPhone 5 was started by a post at Digitimes. According to the post,
Apple is also expected to release its next-generation iPhone built on Samsung’s Exynos 4 quad-core processor in the second half, heating up competition in the segment.
Now people might be confused at first, since Samsung and Apple are always locked in lawsuits trying to ban each other’s products, the latest being the Nexus phone, but it is also a fact that Samsung is one of the main suppliers for Apple’s components, and Apple is one of the biggest customer for Samsung’s components.
However, all the fans of Apple should take a break. Rumors are meant to be heard and forgotten, especially since the news by Digitimes are mostly untrue. But the Exynos 4 quad-core processor is already in production, currently doing the job on the global edition of Samsung Galaxy S3 and a pretty decent one too.
Here is a low-down on the Exynos quad-core processor:
- The processor is based on the quad core ARM Cortex A9 SoC (system on chip, an integrated circuit (IC) that integrates all components of a computer or other electronic system into a single chip).
- It is designed to consume less power and clocks in at 1.4GHz.
- 4 cores help in multi-tasking easily and prevent lag while running multiple applications. Add to it a Mali-400 quad-core GPU and you can expect stunning graphics.
- Apple, if it uses this chip on the iPhone 5, will surely be tweaking the GPU, as it did on the iPad, to deliver the amazing retina display it is known for.
iPhone 5- What Is Surely Coming
Apple had announced a few new features that it was going to launch, at the Apple Worldwide Developers conference earlier this year. Among the most important ones were the fact that iPhone 5 was going to have a 4″ screen, and will also be running on the iOS 6.
- The iPhone 5 will have Apple’s own map app, which will replace Google maps from the OS.
- The iPhone 5 will also have a bigger screen, ~4.0″, something that Steve Jobs never wanted, but something engineers managed without changing the size of the phone.
- Siri will also come pre-loaded on the new iPhone, and I expect that Google will be watching out for the quality of Siri, especially since its own Android Jelly Bean has a voice assistant, and whose quality has been applauded by people to be even better than Siri’s.
- The iPhone 5 will be running on the soon to be released iOS 6, and will have Facebook embedded deep into the ecosystem, while Google is all but thrown out of it. All this, and improvements in mail, Safari etc.
What We Want To See in the iPhone 5
Yes, all the desires here, just like the above pic, which shows a transparent iPhone 5. Rumors, like desires, have a short life span, and every Thursday, there seems to be new one about the iPhone 5 having this, that and what-not, so webmasters like me can sit and write about it over the weekend. Here are some of the most common desires which people would like to be fulfilled by the new iPhone 5.
- Well, Digitimes has already “confirmed” the Exynos quad-core on the iPhone 5, but with Samsung Galaxy S3 selling well, Apple needs a quad-core to beat the performance the S3 offers.
- What makes it more urgent is that Qualcomm is launching its own Snapdragon processors into the market, which come with incredible performance.
- Apple has been accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone while designing its products, but the truth is, iPhones have had almost the same design since we got the first iPhone, while Samsung devices come in all shapes and sizes.
- A bigger screen and a distinct form factor is something which is believed to be coming in the iPhone 5.
- P.s- you dont believe me when you read this paragraph? Well, lets see if the following pics can make you change your mind.
A Bigger Screen:
- Agreed that the iPhone has amazing pixel density, but seriously, competing against a 4.8″ screen of the Galaxy S3 with a 3.5″ screen is a bit too much.
- Users dont use a smartphone JUST for official work. Many use it for gaming, watching videos and browsing the internet. Dont tell me you dont know how a bigger screen will add to the experience.
NFC and LTE:
- Samsung has it, and I believe Apple would love to have it too. Many have made jokes about Apple not even having a bluetooth to connect to other devices, I hope they dont limit the near field communication between Apple products only.