Apple's A5X processor for the next iPhone in testing, new iPod touch to get a major overhaul

Apple's A5X processor for the next iPhone in testing, new iPod touch to get a major overhaul
Apple is reportedly using an iPhone 4/4S housing to test the performance of its new A5X processor, which is destined for its upcoming iPhone. The chip is said to be a scaled down version of the graphics-intense unit in the new iPad, as the iPhone doesn't of course need to have such a pixel-cruncher in it, as its display will be smaller. 

That's in line with the reporting from last month that the A5X won't come to this year's iPhone as it is. The amount of RAM will get increased to 1GB in the new iPhone as well, though. The internal codename for the prototype phone with the new iPhone A5X chip is N96, but it is too early to tell if it will stick around like that.

Cupertino is also prepping a refresh of its oft-forgotten third iOS device, the iPod touch, for this year as well. A file inside one of the internal iOS 5.1 builds reveals that the iPod touch will jump from version 4, 1 to being referred as 5, 1 internally, signaling a major overhaul.

source: 9to5Mac

Apple's A5X processor for the next iPhone in testing, new iPod touch to get a major overhaul

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3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Apple is reportedly using an iPhone 4/4S housing to test the performance of its new A5X processor..." I won't be surprised if they will leave old iPhone 4/4S housing for "new" iPhone 5...

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I hope it's just for testing purposes because if it isn't then the new iPhone will be another fail as the iPhone 4S is.

9. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Surely will, or should.....

12. mrochester unregistered

Was the 4S a fail? I seem to recall it being the best selling iPhone ever!

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I don't know if it is the best selling iPhone ever, but what I am talking about was the specs. For instance the iPhone 4S uninspired design, a rehash of the iPhone 4. The weak dual-core 800MHz processor. The only thing that was anything cool was Siri. (when it works) I thought iPhone 4S sales slowed down just like the new iPad sales are slowing down?

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

The weak dual-core 800MHz processor?? even your pal remix will agree that browsing is easier on the ip4s

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

easier how? the tiny screen or the lack of options in the browser? is the i4s fluid? yes it is. Does it need that power? no not really. its turned down to save juice because the OS does not benefit from dual core like android does. The only real benefit of the new chip for iOS was the bigger GPU that got attached for gaming. The rest was just so it didnt seem like it was behind the trends. Sorry, but ill take the larger screen and flash over a little extra UI smoothness.

29. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Damn remixfa you beat me to it. If it wasn't so busy today at work I would have said the same things to gallitoking! It's a pleasure to give you a +1. You really took the words right out of my mouth! lol

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well then +1 to you, for +1 me. lolz. i wouldnt have, but the words looked so tasty i couldnt help myself!

34. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well I will take smoothness over lagging any day... what good is a big screen if it going to take battery and use up most processor to run it.. no thank you. my iphone works out of the box unlike your Android that you need to mess with it to make it run average... please... browsing the internet is smother on the king of phones over that overrated Amoled plastic coated piece of Samsung cr@p

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

funny thing. a high end android phone is smooth, and the SGS2 has better battery life than the i4s. true story. of course its more smooth, its a mobile browser with no options. lol. if i turn everything off on my galaxy, it runs smooth as heck too!! id rather have the options.

41. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

please remix get the SGSII out of you rear end... ok first of all doesnt have that screen you brag about, have exynos but thats is about it... is not as smooth as it supposed to.. and you wouldnt turn off everything on your Galaxy so dont go there,,,,

36. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

after all of your lecture you did agree with me "is the i4s fluid? yes it is. Does it need that power? no not really" you say potato I say potato

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, u asked what was easier to websurf with. a bigger screen and the ability to play flash make it much easier than squinting and wondering what all those unfilled boxes are for. lol

40. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

and that is agreeing with me dont care how you spin it...

14. phonton

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Whatever it is. All APPLE products are the best sellers and everytime beats its own predecessors :P

16. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

It,s not what-ever it is, the world is full of ILLOGICAL people who is buying this! It's a trend fashion a show-off look i'm cool Typicall...... that's why... GOod for nothing useless phone....

31. phonton

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

I think all people who gave a thumbs down to my comment never realized the real intent behind it :D

26. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

"beats its own predecessors" is the key phrase. You can't expect the new iPhone to be a single core with a 5 megapixel camera do you? Or maybe they would do that, you'd still buy it anyway.

44. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why not Android does all the time.. their mid to low end devices.. i dont hear you complaining about that...

46. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Are you stupid? You said it yourself, they're mid and low ends. At least even there it improved folds over what how the iPhone does. Just last year a low end phone would be a 600Mhz model with 512MB RAM. Now a 1GHz with 700+ RAM is counted as a low end/mid range. You don't see a company's flagship dropping in specs do you?

33. phonton

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

good to see that people are becoming logical! this is exactly what I wanted to know ^_^

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

best selling initial launch. the i4 had an 18 month sales window all by itself. its going to be a while before thats beat.

45. nacho69

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The 4S is a good phone but it's not the best. I own a 4S and it has it's short comings in screen size, CPU power, and celluar networking. And if the new iPhone does not have LTE and an A5X with cortex A15 CPU cores, I will make the switch to android. Here's my strict list of what I want, and come October if its missing one thing I will get the next Nexus device with Jelly bean: -4.2" 1152X768 3:2 Retina Display @ 329ppi -At minimum a 2500mAh battery -LTE, DC HSPA, HSPA, UMTS, GSM, EVDO -A5X  Dual Core (Cortex A15) CPU @ 800MHZ, Power Vr SGX543MP4 Quad Core GPU,  W/1GB RAM -10MP camera, f/2.2 Aperture, 1080p recording at 60fps -Full Siri release out of Beta including full app support API's, and settings control through Siri -iOS 6.0

23. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

With the supposed (but not guaranteed) LTE, they could call it the iPhone 4G!

4. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

an iPod touch doesnt make any sense. It's just like a WiFi-only iPhone. lol

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Price-wise they do. There's (I think) a $300 premium for the bits that make it a phone

42. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

SCREW YOU! I'm an advid iTouch user, You see iOS is too simple for a phone, it limits it too much, makes it like an advanced feature phone. Android makes a phone a real smart phone, makes it truly computer like. But for an MP3 player, iOS is PERFECT! Which is why I like my iTouch so much, that and the iPhone 4 in a case is a friggin brick, but the iTouch is slim.

5. thnkthru3

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

I hope they enlarge the screen to something more in line with todays upscale touch devices...(4.2" or larger would be within my fantasy range):-)

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It's obvious the A5X will b the chip of t new iphone, they don't need to jump in the quad core Wagon specially when a dual core chip Changed things so much for them

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