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We can pretty safely assume that Apple is going to unveil the next iPhone this fall, but now anonymous “industry sources” have indicated that the so-called iPhone 5 will be boasting a quad core processor. That’s not too surprising, considering there are already devices like the Galaxy S III with quad core processors, but there’s more to this story.

You may have heard earlier this week that Qualcomm has contracted Samsung to manufacture some of its Snapdragon processors. This is interesting, considering that Qualcomm competes directly against Samsung in the chip industry, even if the North American version of the S III uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Well, it looks like Samsung is getting an order from Apple too.

The current rumors say that the upcoming Apple A6 quad core processor will indeed be based on Samsung’s Exynos 4 quad core processor. It’s unclear whether this will be essentially the same chip or if Apple has some “optimizations” for its version of the chip. I guess it’s not terribly surprising, since Apple doesn’t manufacture anything of its own, but with all the lawsuits going back and forth between the companies, it is interesting that they’re signing new contracts to work together.

In related news, another leaked photo has indicated that the iPhone 5 will have a 4-inch Retina display. The touch sensors are integrated on the LCD panel itself, helping to make the new iPhone even thinner.


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  • Voice_of_reason

    Let me spell this out for you muppet ‘journalists.’
    iPhone, iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4s.
    The 4S was the *fifth* generation. Therefore, the next iPhone will be the iPhone 6, as opposed to the iPhone 5 as you ignoramus’ have come to call it. I’m disgusted that I actually have to count to six for you fuckwits.

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone “5” is what most people have begun to refer to it as namely because for some reason or another is was decided by someone (who? Don’t know) that iPhone 4S was simply an upgrade to the fifth generation iPhone (iphone 4) and not a whole generation leap. But yes, for the record, the next iPhone is the sixth iPhone.

      There isn’t one particular media outlet calling it iPhone 5, it’s most online publications so no need to rudely attack anyone. Think of the naming like this – Microsoft’s Windows 7 isn’t REALLY Windows 7 since there have been ten major Windows products (not including Windows CE-based projects). As Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by another name would smell as sweet”.

      To be honest, the next iPhone will likely be called “the next iPhone” (just like they did with the iPad), making the whole naming convention irrelevant.

    • Godfrey

      Turns out apple called it the iPhone 5. You fuckwit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gabby.joven Gabby Joven

      So now Apple officially calls it iPhone 5, now what?…