iPhone 5S Will Reportedly Pack a Quad-core A7 CPU, Apple Is Still Trying To Catch Up With The Androiders

iPhone 5S A7 chip

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.

Thoughts?

  • podcast411

    Take a look at the bench mark tests – http://www.imore.com/iphone-5-vs-iphone-4s-vs-ipad-3-benchmarks – More cores does not make a faster phone – So not really seeing the catching up part you mention. Seems like every bench mark test out there shows the iPhone 5 was already ahead of android phones – this will just push the iPhone further ahead.

  • zerilos

    I tend to agree that quad-cores in a smartphone is a pretty silly idea at this point. I think it’s more about bragging rights that actual practicality. Apple want’s to continue to be able to brag that their phones outbenchmarks the other phones and that’s all this is about. The only real result is that the iPhone will go from being 2x more powerful than it needs to be to being 3x more powerful than it needs to be. If they sacrifice battery life for this, they’re stupid.

  • iPhone5releasedate

    This iPhone 5S photo is already deemed fake. I don’t believe Apple is going to create a clone of the iPhone 5. They have to compete with Samsung now with their lines of Galaxy smartphones.

  • Astrosam

    You have to be pretty much brain dead to say apple is playing catch up.Apple is the wealthiest tech company out there and they can literally buy off all the major hardware engineers from all smartphone company,period.Apple has a highly sophisticated marketing strategy,for that reason they haven’t used quad cores yet ’cause they want to make money out of dual core phones which performs just as good or maybe better than quad core android phones.FYI Sir Jonathan Ive,apple’s head of hardware design has a bloody knighthood and is the greatest hardware designer in the world,tell me which other company has an engineer of his stature.

  • Guest

    Thanks … Nice editorial.

  • Guest

    Thanks … Great editorial.

  • Bruce

    Nope, apple is not falling behind, a if a dual core can defeat a quad core, like iPhone destroid Samsung, then the quad core will smash the octo core