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Apple iPhone 5 features to see iPad 3's dual-core processor included

Luke Johnson


Apple iPhone 5 Leaks: Dual-core processor
Apple iPhone 5 Leaks: Dual-core processor

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Following in the footsteps of its tablet sibling, latest reports have suggested the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 release will see the eagerly awaited handset sport the same A5X dual-core processor as the current new iPad 3.

Running against the grain of recent iPhone 5 rumours that have suggested Apple’s sixth-generation smartphone will head to market with a new quad-core processor in tow, latest reports have claimed that yet another leaked iPhone 5 component has all but confirmed the long awaited device will play host to the same processing power found within the market dominating tablet.

Snapped ahead of launch, a claimed iPhone 5 logic board has appeared online suggesting the iPhone 4S replacement will hit retailers with processing power that, on paper at least, falls behind the current quad-core leading Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X offering.

Whilst some potential iPhone 5 owners are sure to be put off by the device’s apparent lack of quad-core innards, processing power is of course not the be-all and end-all with the iOS 6 powered smartphone also expected to feature the same quad-core graphical power found within the 9.7-inch iPad 3.

A potentially risky move from Apple, the latest suggestions of dual-core iPhone 5 features are backed up by recent claims that the handset’s battery will not dramatically increase in size over its iPhone 4S predecessor, a move that would be expected if the device were to handle the addition juice sapping needs of a four-core CPU.

Far from the first iPhone 5 component to do the rounds ahead of the handset’s expected September 12th unveiling, premature outings earlier this week saw a selection of claimed parts pieced together to give a tantalising visual insight into the potential iPhone 5 design with the handset seemingly set to play host to a new, slimmer 9-pin dock connector, improved internal speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack that has been moved to the device’s base.

With an iPhone 5 launch expected to follow the company’s longstanding traditions and hit retailers within a matter of weeks of the smartphone’s tipped early September unveiling, US network provider Verizon hinted earlier this week that a September 21st Apple iPhone 5 release date is on the cards.

Are you looking forward to the arrival of Apple’s next-generation smartphone? Would you be put off if the expected quad-core processing power was cut to a dual-core offering? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Via: TechRadar


August 24, 2012, 2:05 pm

I don't think many people that own iPhones care about the processor that's in it. It's about the experience with Apple and the phone will be easily powerful enough to do anything required. In fact you are moaning here that something powerful enough to power the iPad3 is not powerful enough for a phone ??

The only people that worry about quad-core or Mhz / Ghz when buying a phone are Android users.


August 24, 2012, 3:52 pm

Powerful enough isn't really the issue here, as it certainly will be. The more prominent concern is that the A5X is an absolute power hog - one wonders how exactly they're going to temper that. Furthermore, the vast increase in memory bandwidth and graphical processing power provided by the A5X is wasted powering a display with 1/4 the iPad 3's resolution.

Put simply, it's not very Apple to use a processor that is so unnecessarily imbalanced.

I wouldn't really say the TR article is "moaning" about anything, either. It's just stating opinion.


August 25, 2012, 12:42 am

I think you need to re-look at the subtext of your article. It reads as if having more traditional cores is the ideal for a mobile device. What's ideal for a mobile device is that the software and interaction are responsive and seamless at the lowest power usage. It's easy to throw more processing power and larger batteries at relatively inefficient software. So what if you have a quad-core only to finally have the responsiveness that a dual core iOS device famously has. And, the fact that it requires a larger battery is a negative for competitors. It's really a negative on the competitors software stack.

We also know that Apple's SoC A5 contains specialized circuitry to gain optimal performance / watt on key functions. Not to mention builtin parallelization that leverages the awesome power of its GPU resources for general purposes beyond driving the display.

Quad-core vs dual-core should be relegated to misdirection by marketing propaganda and not central to this discussion. A more scholarly trusted review would be appreciated.

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