With practically the whole mobile industry continuing to pick the bones out of the iOS 4.3 beta release, more iPhone 5 rumours are surfacing, and the more we hear, the more we like.
According to “reliable sources” quoted by Engadget, the summer refresh of Apple's iconic handset will be more of an overhaul, with the fifth-generation iPhone set for a complete redesign to keep it ahead of the smartphone curve.
And in line with the emerging breed of superphones with their dual-core processors, the latest tip is that the iPhone 5 will also be on the dual-core bandwagon, and will see a significant jump in screen quality over the already excellent Retina Display.
The ARM-based A5 chip in question, says AppleInsider, will offer up as much as four times the graphical power of the current A4 generation, and will be present not only in the iPhone 5, but likely in the forthcoming iPad 2 and next-generation Apple TV releases too.
The upshot is the ability to handle 1080p video with ease, whether recording, watching or streaming to another device.
Another significant change under the surface is the mooted switch from Infineon to Qualcomm chipsets for the iPhone's GSM radio – a move expected to be echoed on the 3G version of the next iPad too. The move may already have been on the table, but there's surely little coincidence in it coming after the Antennagate affair that tarnished the iPhone 4's appeal in its early months – and led to a blossoming of the bumper industry too.
And speaking of the iPhone's look and feel, the fifth iteration of the famed handset is said to be the result of a “total rethink” from a design standpoint. It's likely to be slightly slimmer than the iPhone 4 for one thing, though beyond that details are still vague at this stage.