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Apple's A5 processor is what might make the iPhone 5 tick

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Apple's A5 processor is what might make the iPhone 5 tick
As some of you may already know, the 4.3 software update to Apple's iOS has been officially launched two days ahead of its anticipated release. Apparently, somebody decided to dig deeper inside of the iOS 4.3 firmware and stumbled upon evidence that the iPhone 5 will most probably have the same dual-core A5 processor found in the iPad 2.

The revealing evidence within the iOS 4.3 firmware indicates that the A5 processor bears the codename S5L8940. Interestingly enough, a kernel file, which is speculated to be written for the iPhone 5, was also found within the 4.3 update. Browsing through the kernel file, pictured below, shows references to the exact same S5L8940 processor codename. Putting the hints together is almost concrete proof that Apple's A5 processor is what might make the iPhone 5 tick.

That does not come as that big of a surprise, actually. When it was launched last summer, the iPhone 4 had the same single-core A4 processor, which had already debuted in the iPad earlier. That has already led many to believe that the iPhone 5 may be treated in a similar fashion with an A5 processor upgrade when it gets launched later this summer.

source: iClarified via Mac Rumors

Apple's A5 processor is what might make the iPhone 5 tick


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posted on 10 Mar 2011, 10:50 3

1. Richard (unregistered)


Is this AT ALL a shocker? Of course the iphone5 will have the A5 chip. Just like the iPhone4 got the iPad's chip (A4).

Besides, what else is there for apple to use in the iPhone5, unless they decide to dumb it down and actually make the iPad worth a crap in comparison?

Regardless, closed ecosystems limit production and customer choice. Apple will lose this battle eventually and iDevices will go back to being somewhat of a "cult favorite" ala macbooks, etc 5 years ago before the iCraze.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 10:59 2

2. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


Surprise surprise. Another dig at apple. People say i crap on vz too much. But every apple post has ppl saying they will fail, their closed os will fail. Guess again, it is doing great and all others are following them.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 15:12 1

10. areyouserious (unregistered)


"all others are following them" >>really? you can seriously be that dumb? nvidia was the first to release a dual core chipset in both tablets and mobile phones. maybe you didn't hear about CES 2011 or have been to a store to see them. oh wait im sorry you only shop at the apple store, that is probably why.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 11:21 1

3. ps1001 (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


now to put a 4,5' screen,1GB ram, 8+MPx cam, and stevie boy jobs asking me nice with the word PLEASE(instead of magical)
AND I MIGHT CONSIDER BUYIN...
:-P

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 11:26

4. pecemaloto (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


YES,and there was a song in the '90s called
DREAM ON DREAMER...

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 17:50

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5804; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Meh. Figure on the same CPU, GPU and RAM of the iPad 2 with a 4 inch Retina-spec screen size. There probably will be a change in who supplies the cameras (I read where Sony is being considered to supply the new cameras). But LTE ain't gonna happen until at least the iPhone 6.

posted on 12 Mar 2011, 13:31

22. thekai12 (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


well seve jobs is going to die in a few weeks wright wat will happen to apple

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 12:02

5. Shark (unregistered)


Well, being that the IP5 is probably going to be a 4G/LTE flagship phone, it having the A5 isnt surprising; its actually refreshing, since worries of the phone just being another 3G continuation of the IP4 will decrease, except for those that either hate Apple endlessly or let their personal biases cloud their realism of the product.

To those that will say that the Ipad 2 isnt a 4G/LTE device with the A5 chip, keep in mind that its just a tablet, not a phone. There is little money in getting these pc-type devices internal hardware for LTE before you do it for the devices that actually drive the majority of your clientel.

But, thats just me. What do I know.. I'm just a VZW subscriber that bypassed the IP4 in hopes that the IP5 is an LTE device.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 12:47

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


4G LTE may not be on the iPhone 5 since its not going to be a full service when the device is launched

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 12:29

6. Rich B (unregistered)


I'm not really an "ihater" or "ifanboy".....I have used WinMo6, symbian, Android on a variety of Sony and HTC devices and had the iPhone 4. I have to say, the battery drain on Android is a killer, esp. on HTC, and very frustrating. I really quite enjoyed lots about the iPhone 4 although the tight messaging could sometimes be a pain. The biggest, BIGGEST frustration though, for me, was as simple as being able to take a great picture or video on the phone and NOT BEING ABLE TO BLUETOOTH IT TO ANYONE!! I know its sort of old technology, but here in good ol' blighty (the UK to you US readers....!!) it is still something that is used quite a lot....not everybody has mobile e-mail or internet....so frustrating I sold the phone.....I really, really hope they fix this on the iPhone 5.....!!! Although I don't think they will.....

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 13:15

9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


You should be able to email those pics from your iphone4. Everyone has an email address. I don't really see the urgency of sending a photo NOW. When you BT a photo, you have to be right next to them right? Well if it's a a matter of life and death that they need to see the pictures, just show it to them from your phone while your next to them, and then email it. I will not give up the other benefits that I enjoy on my iphone just for lack of BT.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 22:15

19. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Actually, BT goes pretty far and uses the least energy when compared to cellular and wifi.
Wait until more and more BT profiles are used in the future and you'll wish your BT wasn't limited.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 17:56

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5804; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Out of curiosity, which handset manufacturer and model has the ability to BT a photo?

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 18:18

13. G-Reg (unregistered)


It was a feature found alot in "basic" verizon phones a couple years back. Env2 and so on. Its nice due to the whole image being transfered, not a cropped down, resized image.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 02:57

20. Jun (unregistered)


are you kidding right? my Htc G1 from almost 3 years old can send anything via BT :O

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 21:50

17. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Bluetooth sharing works on the iPhone, it's just limited and not fully supported by Apple. Apple provides enough support for it that are available in feature phones.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 12:36

7. skymitch89 (Posts: 1063; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I wouldn't be surprised if the A5 is in the next iPhone as well as the next iPod Touch. Look at the A4 that was in the first iPad; it was also put into the iPhone 4 and the 4th gen iPod Touch.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 20:00

14. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Not news at all. Its called A5 for a reason. 5, as in Iphone 5. No brainer.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 20:54

15. homineyhominey (unregistered)


I like what you are thinking, but no. You are wrong. Apple bought the manufacturer of the A4 chip. They didn't rename it for the iPhone 4. It is just the progression in the chip line. Just so happens that it is following the same patterns as the iPhone

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 22:00

18. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


so where's the A3, A2, and A1 then? Seems too convenient for it to be called the A4 already.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 16:47

21. homineyhominey (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


They were in other products that weren't very big. They bought the company. It had its products in other things as well.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 21:36

16. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Here's my guess for the next iPhone.
Dual core 1ghz processor, 4" screen but still 640x960 most likely still marketed as retina display, same cameras, same sensors, back to aluminum casing, new antenna location (behind logo) and no home button.

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