While speculation has recently focused on what the next iPhone will look like on the outside, a new report is examining what will power Apple’s next-generation handset. According to Digitimes, the next iPhone will contain a quad-core ARM processor based on the Exynos 4 architecture from friend (and sometime foe) Samsung.
The current iPhone 4S runs on a dual-core A5 processor clocked at 800 MHz. That same processor (clocked to 1 GHz) powers the iPad 2.
Speculation abounded that the new iPad, introduced in March, would be the first Apple iOS product to run a quad-core processor. But instead, the iPad is powered by an A5X chip that has a revved-up, quad-core graphics processor to handle the Retina display.
But if the Digitimes report is accurate, the iPhone will be the first device with the fabled A6 processor that should help run apps even faster. Even in January, we reported that a beta of iOS 5.1 had the capability to run a quad-core processor.
As of now, we have a pretty good idea of what the new iPhone will also look like when it is released sometime this fall. Thanks to apparent leaks, the iPhone will have a 16×9 formatted, 4-inch screen with a combination aluminum and glass back. The handset is also expected to have LTE networking and NFC capabilities.
Are you ready for the fall yet? With each passing day, it does look like the new iPhone will be a major upgrade.