iPhone 5 rumor: Dual-core processor looking more likely

We’ve brought you many articles now with speculation and news about the next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 5. Among our recent posts were a rumor roundup and a speculated release. We have also previously told of rumors surrounding an upgrade to an A5 processor, instead of the current A4 processor.

Now the likelihood seems to be becoming more apparent with more reports indicating this move. John Brownlee over on Cult of Mac writes about the rumored A5 dual-core SoC and says that it woud quadruple the graphics and video capabilities of the current iPhone. That’s quite a leap forward. He tells of a report on Digitimes, which deducts that “the chance is high” of a new A5 dual-core processor for the iPhone 5 which of course could appear in the upcoming iPad 2 tablet as well.

This is based on the evidence of many other devices across the mobile spectrum that will have dual-core processors when released over the next few months. The Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid Bionic and LG Optimus 2X for example will all be released with dual-core processors and for Apple to stay ahead of the game it will at least need to keep up with the latest processing power. Whether the iPad 2, which is due for release very shortly, will be too early to benefit from an A5 procesor is too soon to tell but if not Apple could find itself being left behind when other tablets start to arrive soon with dual-core.

Mark Gurman over on 9to5Mac also reports on the likelihood of an A5 dual-core processor for the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2. He speculates that the first A5 is likely to show on the iPad 2 but on what has been rumored about the next-generation iPad so far he says “it does not seem like it will be anything revolutionary,” but that there are reports of a new design for the iPhone 5.

Do you think Apple must use dual-core on the next iPhone and iPad or risk seeming dated by comparison to other upcoming devices? We’d be interest to hear your opinions on this so please do send us your comments.

  • http://www.prepare1.com Blair Evan Ball

    Competition is heating up, thanks for this information! I believe that they need to have dual core or risk falling further behind. Competition is a great motivator.

  • ovo

    only fools worry about having the fastest processor, the same people think more mega pixels mean a better image. Give me a phone that can take noise less pictures with out a flash indoors and a proper zeon flash for outdoors at night like my n82 does and I would be happy with a 3 to 5 mega pixel camera.

    Sadly only I seem to have noticed that the iphone 4 takes worse pictures in low light than my 3 year old nokia n82 :( which is why I still own it and not an iphone.

  • http://iphonescreenprotectorblog.com/ Bobby Mikels

    I hope it’s not a rumor because that would be really cool. This news just made me want to wait for iPhone 5 instead of my original plan of having a Verizon iPhone 4 on February. I just hope it will be released soon.