Apple testing quad-core processors for the iPhone 5?

Apple testing quad-core processors for the iPhone 5?Oh well, it has been a little while hasn't it? Time for us to serve you up another little iPhone-related-rumour for your delectation.

This time, it's courtesy of Macerkopf, a German Mac site which reckons two sources have told it about the new configurations for the iPhone 5.

If it's true, it's certainly enough to grab the attention - with claims that a quad-core processor is being tested as Cupertino tries to work out if it is a viable option.

There's also news about a new screen resolution to top the Retina Display with both a 1280 x 720 and 1,440 x 800 display being looked at. Since 1,280 x 720 resolutions are already out there, there's every chance this could be spot on.

As always, it's hard to say whether these are spot on or not and we won't find out until the day of the iPhone 5 release (unless someone leaves one in a bar). Other technologies slated for inclusion are the likes of NFC, which Apple is reportedly also testing.

We'll have to hang fire. But expect rumours to hot up steadily as the weather does moving towards the Spring as Apple prepares for its next major release.

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 7, 2011 at 19:11

It's almost a given that the iPhone 5 will be quad-core. QC processors will be the standard among the high end devices in 2012.

If Apple up the resolution and presumably change the screen size, wouldn't that go against what Jobs said about not wanting fragmentation, like Android? Whilst upping the display size without changing the resolution would cause them to have to drop the "Retina Display", crap.

If they don't change the screen size isn't it totally pointless changing the resolution anyway? Since apparently the Retina Display is "all the human eye can see", even though that's utter bullsh*t, it doesn't change the fact Jobs once said it himself. I know I can still see pixels on the Retina display and most other people with 20/20 vision presumably can as well, yes it looks good but it's not as crisp as "real life", so evidently my eyes aren't maxed out yet, Apple...

jmarcelino  Dec. 7, 2011 at 19:39

Well the Retina Display claim was made under the assumption you'll hold the phone at about 12 inches from your eyes.

If you manage to distinguish the pixels at 12 inches away I would strongly recommend you get in touch with vision expert Dr. Raymond Soneira and retinal neuroscientist Bryan Jones - who both scientifically confirmed this claim - since you appear to have super-human vision.

Ps: The minimum for a "retina display" is said by experts to be 287 ppi, the iPhone 4 already has some extra at 326 ppi, so they can even go down a bit and still be considered retina.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 7, 2011 at 19:53

I never knew it was from 12 inches away, funny that was never mentioned in the marketing BS haha :D, or maybe I'm just super"matt" ;)! Still even at 12 inches away, it doesn't look as sharp or crisp as looking at something "real", so it's not the maximum detail a fully functioning human eye can pick out. Some photos taken on very high end DSLR cameras which are then professionally printed look genuinely real, that's about all I've ever seen that was produced digitally but looks as good as real life.

Still leaves the big fragmentation question to answer for, wasn't that the apparent reason the 4S kept the same screen size/resolution? So the iPhone didn't fall into the same problem of fragmentation that Android currently has? Or was that just laziness in reality...?

MDrX  Dec. 8, 2011 at 09:20

There won't be any more fragmentation than exists already. By the time the 5 comes out, the 3GS will be dropped. With that gone there will only be the 640x960 3.5" iPhone 4/S and the new size/resolution. That's no different to having apps cope with 3GS resolution and the 4 resolution.

If you can even call that fragmentation. It isn't exactly a Wildfire S/Galaxy S2/Nexus S situation, is it. How many devices still on Eclair? Yeah...

Stelph  Dec. 8, 2011 at 09:57

Will be intersting to see what Apple to, TBH I am very happy with the 3.5" screen on my iPhone as it is the perfect combination of portability and useability IMO, all the 4" screen phones that ive held and tried have just been too large (and im a fairly stocky with large hands) so im hoping apple doesnt follow the "bigger is better" trend Android Manufacturers have been following.


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