Some interesting news from 9to5Mac who reports that Apple has begun providing select developers with iPhones running the speedy dual-core A5 chip already found in the iPad 2. Apple will reportedly be touting huge speed advancements as one of the major selling points of the iPhone 5 and has already begun giving iPhone 4S devices, so to speak, to game developers to help them prepare for the increase in performance that will be available on the next gen iPhone. Note, of course, that when Steve Jobs introduced the iPad 2, he stated that graphics performance on the A5 is up to 9x faster than the A4.
The developers with access to these souped up iPhone 4s are reportedly from “high-level gaming outfits.”
The operating system running on these phones is a version of iOS 4 that supports the next-generation hardware, and this may be why we found the iPhone 5 with an A5 chip in the iOS 4 SDK at all. If past history repeats itself, the fifth-generation iPhone will ship with Apple’s fifth-generation mobile software, in this case iOS 5. iOS 5 will be announced at Apple’s WWDC conference in early June with a rumored launch in September of this year. If anything, this news backs up claims that the fifth-generation iPhone will have an A5 and that Apple is taking gaming very seriously.
Regarding the iPhone 5, the most up-to-date information suggests that Apple launch the device in June and that it will feature faster internals (duh) along with an 8 megapixel camera and will run iOS 5, rumored to be a major iOS update with a slew of location based features. Interestingly, we reported earlier today that a number of Foursquare executives checked into Apple’s Cupertino campus yesterday, perhaps tipping Apple’s hand as to some soft of iOS/Foursquare integration in iOS 5. Lastly, there are also reports that the iPhone 5 will be a worldmode phone and will incorporate a Qualcomm chipset that supports both CDMA and GSM networks.
Apple will for the first time unveil iOS 5 to the public at its WWDC event scheduled to kick off on June 6, 2011 in the Moscone Center in San Francisco.