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


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46 Comments

39. joey18

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Sound maybe same phone only lte my iphone 4s get me boring apple needs to change interface and get bigger screen for all reason i think the next iphone will be same like 4s bcs the antenna problems dont believe apple make new phone differt specks so is not for me my new phone gs3

28. cslack

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

Am I the only one that DOESN'T want a larger screen on my iPhone? I like that it fits in my pocket nicely and that it fits my hand better than the larger screen devices I have tried.

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

then what you dont want is a larger PHONE. there is plenty of ways to make that screen bigger without making the phone much bigger or if at all. its called "bezel reduction".

38. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

have you used a larger screen phone for more than minutes at a time? i own both the iphone 4s and maxx ( i think its the best android phone out right now) and let me tell you even though the 4s feels more comfortable in the hand (barely) the flash and large screen makes up for the tiny screen that's on the 4s. you almost need to use two hands to scroll in and out of websites each time you browse. it's simply annoying. on the maxx you just open the website and you can clearly read the fonts without zooming and flash is playable.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

go for it apple. use a 2 year old dual core with an updated GPU while everyone is going to quad and beyond. Its not like the phone NEEDS it, but if this is true then its sad.. because that means that the i5 is going to come without any major game changing things.. or at least nothing that requires a stronger processor. hmm..

19. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I'm intrigued in the new iPod Touch, I see so much potential in that device in differentiating it from a regular phone/iOS device

18. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

If Theres one thing That ape got right with there iOS devices it definitely was the iPod touch

43. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes, the iTouch is acceptable, VERY acceptable.

17. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Once again apple selling OLD parts as new! lol! 3.5" screen snce 2007 is the ultimate joke tho

27. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

No u forgot it's the biggest iJoke.....

15. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol, Anything Apple should not be in the same sentence as "major overhaul"

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

10. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

True.....

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

is it going to come with the monster battery as well? lol.

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):-)

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.

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,,,,

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