Rumor: Next iPhone going quad-core

New reports are coming out with somewhat expected news; the next iPhone is said to be sporting a new quad-core processor, most likely based on Samsung’s Exynos 4 architecture. This report is coming from the sometimes-reliable DigiTimes, citing it’s usual “industry sources.” Details including clock speed or graphics power were not released. Last year’s iPhone, as many of you know, features a custom dual-core processor named the “A5,” which clocks in at 800Mhz per-core. This chip was first introduced in the iPad 2 earlier last year, but it was running at 1Ghz thanks to the bigger battery.

Earlier this year, Apple didn’t release a new chip, instead just upping the graphics power and naming the “new” processor the “A5X,” because it was more of a step and not a jump. The A5X was also based on the same type of architecture as the A5, excluding the updated graphics. The CPU remained at dual-core while the GPU went quad-core in order to help sustain the 3.1 million pixels on the iPad’s Retina display.

If Apple does indeed use a new quad-core processor, it is expected that the name of it will be “A6,” following along nicely with previous renditions. DigiTimes is reporting that Apple’s use of quad-core in their phone will “heat-up” competition to use quad-core as well. Samsung, HTC, LG, and Meizu have all already released their own quad-core phones, the most notable being Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Qualcomm is a supposed supplier for the ramp up in quad-core smartphones.

What do you think? Excited for the possibilities of a faster iPhone? Does core number matter in iDevices? Is there something else you’d rather have in the next iPhone? Let us know in the comments.


Via: DigiTimes

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  • fhqekfjnhq

    No need if iOS6 is what’s going to be running on it.

  • DrazEnEvilla

    I agree! a dual-core processor can still manage to power iOS 6.

  • Apple will release the next iPhone with a quad core processor because anything less will not stack up. What will stand it apart from the competition will be the battery life and the passbook which will blow the basic NFC concept out if the water.

    For more on NFC try

  • AmbroseBegay

    Quadcore Processor + iOS 6 = Miracle marvel (of course, by apple engineers = LTE capable, 110% battery increased sized, 20% thinner design = 3rd degree burns on my hands. Lol. Apple doesn’t need Quadcore processor.

  • The only reason Apple might not release a quad core is if their genius R & D folk could squeeze the same performance out of a dual core. Can you imagine it’s like a supercharged v6 anainst a monster v12. If anyone can Apple can.

  • RaduTanasescu

    The next iPhone will feature the A5X, not a quad core processor. There are many advantages to simply using an under cloaked version of a processor which is tried and tested and there are no advantages to going quad core.
    Apple made a huge jump with the A5X, you call the change “just upping the graphics” which shows just about how much you know about tech, adding a quad core GPU is not only a difficult thing to do but it’s also the most significant performance boost a modern smartphone can get.
    Dual core processors can handle anything you might throw at a mobile device today, of course, if you want to calculate PI or render videos then quad core is grate but not too many people do those sort of things. Instead a lot of people like games and a smooth running interface, and since many games today as well as the GUI both use graphics acceleration the GPU is where it’s at.
    Less tech savvy people get excited when they hear “quad core”, I’m sure many will be proud to buy quad core smartphones while laughing at the dual core iPhone, but in reality, they’ll be getting slower devices.

  • KyleFrost

    @RaduTanasescu Just how much I know about tech? Sorry, but you can’t judge my knowledge of technology on an article written in laymen’s terms for those that don’t or can’t understand. None of this has my opinion in it, or says I have no idea what I am talking about. Keep in mind that not all people interested in technology know very aspect. I know the difference it was. The next person might not.

  • If we look back at recent Apple history, the A5 and A5X, systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) designed by Apple to replace the Apple A4. The chip debuted with the release of Apple’s iPad 2 tablet, and also powers the iPhone 4S, and iPad (3rd generation).

    Apple’s custom silicon , the A4 chip also was unvailed first in its iPad line up and then in the iPhone 4. Using the same chip across different idevices makes great economic sense, and I guess it’s maybe easier and more cost effective to tweek an existing chip (A5) knowing that it’s tried and tested than it is to create a new chip A6.

    Apple would only continue with the A5X if it’s performance was equal to or better than the competitions quad cores. It’s all a balancing act, which ever chip powers the next iPhone it’s probably going to be up against it with a larger retina screen, NFC, maybe improved sound and powe hungry 4G capability.