iPhone 5 to sport A5 processor, will be completely redesigned handset

Mon, Jan 17, 2011

News, Rumors

If you thought the iPhone 4 was an A+ upgrade, as Steve Jobs famously declared during Apple town hall meeting, then you ain’t seen nothing yet. Okay, that might be a bit hyperbolic, but new information about Apple’s next-gen iPhone suggests that Apple is really looking to push the envelope with the iPhone 5.

Citing a trusty source with a solid track record, Engadget reports that the iPhone 5 will be a completely redesigned handset – a nugget, which if true, corroborates a rumor that made the rounds a few months ago. Engadget explains that the iPhone 5 is already being tested on Apple’s campus by senior staff members and that the “new device will be a total rethink from a design standpoint and will be running atop Apple’s new A5 CPU (a Cortex A9-based, multi-core chip).”

And that’s just the beginning of it. The iPhone 5 will purportedly sport a Qualcomm chipset that “does triple duty as the CDMA / GSM / UMTS baseband process.” While LTE isn’t quite in Apple’s sights just yet, the emergence of a worldmode iPhone may very well take the iPhone to new heights. In light of that, Engadget notes that the transition to Qualcomm chipsets as opposed to Infineon will make its first showing with the forthcoming Verizon iPhone 4.

And as for the A5 processor, remember that the A4 processor that powers the iPad was responsible for the blazing speed that impressed users and astounded critics. The upcoming A5 processor will be even faster and will soon end up in the second iteration of the revamped Apple TV where it will be able to transmit 1080p video “like running water.”


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