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  • iPhone 5 To Sport Dual-Core Processors?



    Digitimes is reporting on the possibility of the iPhone 5 touting a dual-core processor. Not much of a surprise, considering that the new Android devices will be sporting such chips, and I don't see Apple falling short for competition. This means better gaming and video experiences, as well as a nice speed increase. We should see this migrate over well to the iPad 2, so we can expect to see upgrades on both devices.

    With strong competition coming from Google devices, and other smartphones, Apple sounds like they are ready to up the competition once again. The iPhone 5 is expected to be released in the USA about June or July, (same months that iPhone 4 debuted last year), however it seems as though most of this ETA is mostly based on rumors, but then again, the iPhone 5 is a rumor all together.

    Can we expect dual-core processors? Probably. Can we expect the iPhone 5 this year? Honestly, I'm doubtful. Too much controversy/pissed off Verizon users. Either way, who would be opposed to processor upgrades? I sure wont. Too bad I already have an iPhone 4 though.

    The chance is also high for Apple, RIM and Sony Ericsson to roll out dual-core smartphones soon, added the sources.

    The requirement for stronger capability to manage multimedia functionality including 3D games and HD video has pushed handset vendors to develop dual-core processors, the sources asserted.
    Source: DigiTimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 5 To Sport Dual-Core Processors? started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 93 Comments
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      The thirst for power won't stop until we get cinema, CGI styled graphics out of our handhelds during gaming and graphics experiences. The same goes for consoles.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      That would be nice maybe my apps wouldn't crash as much
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I don't think anyone will have a problem with this...
    1. maztrr's Avatar
      maztrr -
      People don't realize that multi-core can mean better battery life. Both cores can run at a lower clock and accomplish as much work. Or a core can be turned off when it is unneeded. Although mainly I would like to see a software and hardware (looks) on all devices. And a better GPU.
    1. shinygerbil's Avatar
      shinygerbil -
      The main benefit to going dual-core is that, surprisingly, dual-core processors actually improve battery life. A performance boost is always nice, but when it comes to any kind of mobile tech power consumption is a primary issue and multicore processing is definitely the way forward.

      Given the next few months will see the world's first wave of dual-core smartphones released to consumers, and rumours of possible quad-core phones by the end of 2011/beginning of 2012, it is almost unthinkable that Apple would release a single-core iPhone in mid-2011, especially given their track record in terms of phone technology.
    1. Icekhan's Avatar
      Icekhan -
      Quote Originally Posted by trupimp714 View Post
      hopefully iphone 5 comes in a few months!!
      Don't say that dude lol i just got my i4 atleast another year before I'm eligible to get a new phone lol
    1. 360psp's Avatar
      360psp -
      NO! save it for next time, i just got the 4, have them release some crazy 4.5 version with come crazy, and i mean CRAZY features
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      I didnt think things could get much faster
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Just to explain for those that don't understand, adding a second core to a CPU doesn't make the chip use less power all by itself (and at the same clockspeed, under load, it will indeed use more).

      The power benefit comes from the fact that power consumption does not scale linearly with clock speed, and with multi-threaded workloads you get better power efficiency by running more threads at slower speeds.

      So compared to a single-core 1GHz CPU, a dual-core 500MHz CPU would give you the same performance, while using half the power. A dual-core 750MHz CPU would have 50% more performance for the same power, and a dual-core 1GHz CPU would have double the performance and double the power.

      The point is if you're going to double your performance, doubling your cores uses half as much power as doubling your clockspeed.

      This is all "under load" as well. These CPUs (and desktop CPUs) are very good at going into low power states when they're inactive for mere milliseconds.
    1. Megahalo's Avatar
      Megahalo -
      If they got a quad-core processor into the PSP2 then I think they can get a dual-core into the iPhone 5.
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      I'll probably upgrade my iPoT 3G to an i5 with my the money from selling my Dyslexia Mac, as I don't need 2 laptops, yet yearn for an iPhone :P
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      There will be "something" in July, it might not be much, but it'll be there :-)

      I just want 64GB...

      That's all
    1. Alexdakidd's Avatar
      Alexdakidd -
      Quote Originally Posted by master_va View Post
      I'm waiting... the "death grip" issue will probably be solved then and obviously tons of new features..its worth waiting for..
      Yeah like battery drain...(worth a thought.)
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by saunupe1911 View Post
      Tell me you were just kidding with these statements. Dual cores running at faster speeds than our current single core will definitely be faster. And hopefully Apple have their devs multithreading the native iphone apps. Safari definitely needs to be optimized for duel cores.
      I'm not saying that a dual core CPU isn't faster than a single core.

      Ok maybe Safari will be able to load/render pages a bit quicker, but the majority of your browsing speed is determined on your Wifi or 3G speeds.
      Writing an email, writing a text, making a phone call, watching a movie, listening to music, taking photo's, viewing photo's, downloading Apps, download any media, using Google Maps, using YouTube, and much much more isn't going to be faster.

      Things that would be faster/run better would be the graphical intensive games like Infinity Blade, exporting videos to upload to YouTube, iMovie App.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Well, I'm one of the ones waiting for the iPhone 5 rather than jumping on the iPhone 4 bandwagon - it would be a shame for them NOT to release the 5.

      Besides, the iPhone 4's design needs to go - two heavy plates of glass are nice in theory, but that makes for one heavy, shatterable phone.

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I'm not saying that a dual core CPU isn't faster than a single core.

      Ok maybe Safari will be able to load/render pages a bit quicker, but the majority of your browsing speed is determined on your Wifi or 3G speeds.
      Writing an email, writing a text, making a phone call, watching a movie, listening to music, taking photo's, viewing photo's, downloading Apps, download any media, using Google Maps, using YouTube, and much much more isn't going to be faster.

      Things that would be faster/run better would be the graphical intensive games like Infinity Blade, exporting videos to upload to YouTube, iMovie App.
      The Safari web pages have to be written in and out of memory by the CPU, so you should see a performance increase and shorter loading times, assuming there's not a bottle neck in the read/ write speed for the memory.

      As for performance, a dual-core chip will speed up any program that utilizes the cores in parallel, not just games.
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Quote Originally Posted by ODB25 View Post
      Seriously I'm getting impatient should I get an i4 or hold out w the hopes of a new iPhone this summer?! =
      get the iphone 4 with no contract for 700 dollars then later this year get the 5. Thats what im doing. Thats why i need a job
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ODB25 View Post
      Seriously I'm getting impatient should I get an i4 or hold out w the hopes of a new iPhone this summer?! =\
      You should wait,, the ip4 is good,, but the next one should b better,,.I just hope they can jailbreak it
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Okay can some one please tell me how fast is a dual core? I keep hearing people saying that the A9 chip will be faster than the A4. But how much faster? The A4 is 1GHZ so how fast is the A9? or any of those new chips?
      I need answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      IMO the software is where Apple's attention should be. It is a very good stable platform, but they are so restrictive. Give us bluetooth file transfer (how is sending a picture I took via bluetooth a breach of copyright?!), better themeing options, custom sounds for mail etc, custom sound EQ... I could go on and on...
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Get a Sandy-bridge processor in there!

      Quad core with built in GPU, and a much lower power consumption rate...
      ahh, now I'm just dreaming.