Here we are talking about the next-gen iPhone again, unofficially dubbed iPhone 5S. Even tough Android is our true love, we have to admit that Apple is still making good phones. The guys at iOSDoc apparently got their hands on the iPhone 5S motherboard that integrates Apple’s new A7 processor.
What stroke me as unusual is that the report claims that the new processing unit is based on a quad-core CPU, which sounds very Android-ish. Apple and the Apple fanboys have always said that quad-core processors fitted inside the Android smartphones are useless, and that one doesn’t need that much processing power and that the quad-core processors are real battery hogs. If the guys at iOSDoc got their hands on the real deal and if the A7 chipset will have quad-core processing, from now on the Apple fanboys will love quad-core processors because… errr… because Apple will tell them to.
Apple is aware that its smartphones are falling behind the Android competitors, therefore the Cupertino-based giant is desperately trying to attract more customers with new, and more powerful hardware specifications. It seems that Apple will also fit 2 GB of RAM inside the iPhone 5. I wonder how 2 GB of RAM will help you on iOS, because Apple’s mobile platform doesn’t feature true multitasking like Android does, thus increasing the amount of RAM in the next-gen iPhone is a pure marketing move.
The same source informs that the new Apple A7 chip is based on four cores clocked at 1.2 GHz, being helped by the PowerVR SGX554MP4 GPU with quad-core graphics, also fitted on the A6X chip inside the iPad 4.
Even though iOSDoc doesn’t talk about the architecture used for the A7 chip, I will go ahead and speculate that we are talking about A15 cores. I know that Apple won’t call them like this, but this is most likely the architecture they will be using.
Judging by the clock speed and taking the Cortex A15 architecture into consideration, the iPhone 5S’ processor will still be outmatched by the competition. Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 800 CPU based on four Krait cores at 2.3 GHz, a unit that will be used on the first devices as of this summer. Nvidia has the quad-core Tegra 4 with four A15 cores at 1.9 GHz, while Samsung has recently announced the octo-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC, based on four Cortex A15 cores at 1.8 GHz and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz.
Rumor has it that the iPhone 5S will have the same design as its prdecessor, the iPhone 5. Probably it’s design team is in vacation.
Anyway, the Apple is falling behind the competition and the company’s officials are aware of it. All these rumors talking about iPhone 5S’ technical specs are pointing out that inventors of the iPhone trying to keep up the pace with the Androiders by upgrading the internal parts of their smartphones.
Until a couple of years ago Apple was the company leading the smartphone segment, and others were following it, but now Apple was outmatched by its competitors, and now the Cupertino phone maker is the one the follows others.