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Rumor: iPhone 5 to Have A8 Processor

by Tom Moccia | January 19, 2011January 19, 2011 4:00 am PDT

The Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone, other than Macworld all is quite on the trade-show circuit here on the west coast. It seems as if the high tech party of the year is winding down and we will have to wait for the next big bash. Ah, but there is the after party, or as I like to call it, iPhone rumor season. It seems about this time of year is when all the new iPhone rumors start to fly, and with Verizon landing the iPhone, there is no shortage of speculation.

Will the iPhone 5 be totally redesigned or will it see modest changes similar to the evolution from the 3G to the 3GS? What can they possibly add that isn’t already integrated? With the release of iOS 4.3 Beta for developers, the rumor mill is starting to churn.

This week’s rumor seems to revolve around the processor in not only for the iPhone, but all iOS devices. This time last year Apple integrated the A4 System-on-Chip processor, which was also later built into the iPhone 4, second generation AppleTV and the fourth generation iPod Touch. It’s assumed Apple has been working on the next generation iPhone and has contacted several Taiwan-based companies about components. Slashdot cites reports that Apple is developing the ARM architecture, which is based on the A8 System-on-Chip, which is created for the iPhone 5 and other iOS devices. No specific details have emerged just yet, but experts hope it will be enabled with a dual core processor.

If the A8 does come to fruition, will it make the iPhone more desirable than it already is? Do you believe this rumor suggests an upgrade to the internals only and not a significant redesign? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

[via Slashdot]

Tom Moccia

Tom Moccia is a native of Stamford, Connecticut and moved his family west in 2000 and now calls Stockton, California home with his wife and two...