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iPad's A5X chip may not come to the next iPhone

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iPad's A5X chip may not come to the next iPhone
Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the new iPad was unveiled on Wednesday. And one of the things that makes it better than its predecessor is the new A5X chip, which has two main processing cores and four additional cores that handle graphics processing.

Now lets go back in history for a minute. Remember how the A4 chip debuted under the hood of the first-gen iPad? The iPhone 4 eventually launched with an A4 processor too. Then the dual-core A5 was first used in the iPad 2 only to make it to the iPhone 4S afterwards. But according to analysts, Apple might not follow suit for the next iPhone iteration. Or in other words, the A5X might not be used for the next iPhone.

Analysts claim that the A5X chip is simply not power efficient enough to be used in an iPhone. Besides, its otherwise very powerful GPU is something that an iPhone would not have much use for. So instead of just fitting an underclocked A5X inside of the next iPhone, it might simply decide to use a different chip, which will be likely built by using 28nm manufacturing process.

When you think about it, the claim makes sense as the extra processing power of the A5X is there to handle the high resolution of the new iPad's display. And given that Apple had to use a bigger battery in the latest iPad, we have little doubt that the new chip is a lot more power hungry than its predecessors. The iPhone, however, has a high-resolution display already, and technically, Apple does not need to increase its resolution even further. Therefore, the company may decide to focus on power efficiency instead of boosting the smartphone's graphics performance.

So, has the A6 processor been reserved for the next iPhone generation? Or is Apple going to use the A5X anyway? Only time will tell. 

source: Macworld via BGR

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posted on 09 Mar 2012, 07:04 14

1. gemmabba (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 May 2011)


PA you know your first line from this article is offensive to Patrick

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 08:21 2

7. dragonnub99 (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


LOL!!!

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 07:08 1

2. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


If it is that big of a power draw difference by using the same chip with a different GPU (and probably clocking it over that measily 800mhz), then maybe not. I cant really see it making that much of a difference unless the new powerVR chip is just completely unoptimized for power draw.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 07:10

3. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


phonearena please remove the annoying ads at the top of the page,or i'm going to stop visiting this site
thank you!!!

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 07:19 5

4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Don't be stupid, download AdBlock from the Chrome Web Store.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 09:54 9

10. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Those ads are what keep this site free. Stop your bitching

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 09:55 1

11. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


What ads?

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 12:39

35. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


you can use opera for desktop. you can block any thing you dont like.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 07:46 8

5. babyk (Posts: 313; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


So bias, these guys speak about apple products for and an entire month plus no love for android. On a dad to day basis this website is 80% apple 20% android

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 11:17 2

15. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Theres no need to attack the site and its officials. Apple just released a new product which only happens twice a year. So yeah, right now there's alot of apple stuff to report on since they updated all their software and other things as well.

Most of the time I see more android articles since android improves much faster than iOS, with the occasional "apple sues so and so" or "so and so sues apple." So while I'm just as annoyed by all the apple stuff right now (android guy myself) I know there's a reason for it.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 14:54 2

19. Nick_T (Posts: 170; Member since: 27 May 2011)


When there is news, we cover it. During CES and MWC, the ratio of Android related articles vs Apple news was something like 25 to 1.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 15:58 2

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


dont listen to them Nick. fandroids are always very ungrateful.. it seems that their OS doesnt make them happy...

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 17:00 2

24. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


no i'm extremely grateful for being a fandroid, because I dont own an apple iphone :)

I do however agree that you Nick should not listen to them. You do news, wherever it takes you, because surprise surprise! thats the job

haters gonna hate, lovers gonna love...i just want all of the above

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 17:04 3

26. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Shut up, drone.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 17:47 2

28. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


awwww dont stress mr. manager remember your ulcer

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 14:23

36. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Thats not true in the least. It goes in trends with the big news. You do realize that Apple just had their ipad announcement right? Thats going to get them a few big days of news. When it was the MWC, it was pretty much all android all the time. Soon samsung will have their private event to announce the SGS3 and new top of the line tablets. Then it will be all samsung with apple fanboys screaming about "not enough iphone coverage".. The news comes and goes in cycles.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 08:06 6

6. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


And the next iPhone will be called? Guess... Guess...
The New iPhone!

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 09:08 1

9. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I was thinking the same thing, after I heard that the third iPad was simply announced as the "new iPad"... I was completely taken by surprise along with probably many others. Despite being the 5th iPhone, Apple's going to be like, "since we released the third iPad without following name pattern of its predecessors, we should follow that with the new iPhone!!! =)" In retrospect I think it works fine when you think about it. Say when you are asked by a friend, and they ask you which iPhone is that and you reply, "Oh, it's the 'new iPhone', don't you know??? Nope, it's not the iPhone 5, just THE new iPhone."

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 08:42 9

8. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


wish i did live under a rock so i would not hear about iTURD for one month at a time. PA must own stock in iTURD APPLE b/c there is no way that they can review all these phones and tablets and still look themselves in the mirror and report how sensational iTURD products are. They know they are dated when compared to the field.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 11:15 1

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


actually is fandroids that make Apple articles so popular.. if you express your same opinion on every friggin article... so thanks to you guys.. dammm

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 17:02 3

25. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


as if you dont express your same opinion on how much you hate fandroids and love your apple products?

something about a kettle and a pot and the color black comes to mind....

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 17:49 1

29. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


difference is that I am not crying about it.. i deal with it...

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 17:05 3

27. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Shut.....up......drone........k?

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 17:50 1

30. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


need a hug?... go hug a tree

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 10:01 2

12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


@yt6nin
I agree, first they want to make previous iPhone feel old, second they want the iPhone to feel unique by simply saying iPhone. Of course it will take time to get used to it but it will work. However the current colourful apple logo makes me doubt that apple won't be the same. The golden profit time for them is over.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 10:34 3

13. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I hope so too...I hope Apple dies before they cause more damage to the world with more of their monopoly crap...like iWallet...

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 11:47 3

16. ilia1986 (unregistered)


"technically, Apple does not need to increase its resolution even further."

Do explain why, please. You can't possibly think that 640x960 is sufficient for 2012, now can you.

Oh, wait - maybe it's because it's the iPhone - and everything Apple does on it is perfect, right? /bucket of sarcasm.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 12:45 1

17. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


I quite disagree with you. If you want to use a 3,5" screened device or something around that I find the resolution more than acceptable! In my lumia 800 I have a 3,7" screen and a resolution of 800x400 and if I remember correctly the dpi is 289. Of course it's a pentile display so the actual pixel density is lower but it has been very sufficient for me. In addition you could argue about viewing hd videos. I personally don't care about hd as long as the phone is capable of down sizing it and the picture is clear. All hd resolutions are in fact really small so everything that matters is the dpi and the screen size and of course the quality of the picture displayed.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 13:53 2

18. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Okay. And do tell me why on earth do you think than an 3.5" device is even remotely acceptible for 2012?

All HD resolutions are quite small? lol what are you smoking?!

DPI matters - but not always. Look @ the SGS2. 800x480 on a 4.3" display - and there is no pixelization whatsoever.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 16:02 1

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


let me educated you as always.. illia... 5.5" is standard for the average human hand... to be able to hold the phone and be able to text.. again with one hand comfortably... I did mention the average hand.. so dont fired with nonsense about having bigger hands...

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