The report – from DigiTimes – cited ‘industry’ figures in the Far East as sources of the information.
Apple’s current model of iPhone – the 4S – sports a dual-core processor called the ‘A5′ clocking speeds of up to 800 megahertz The same chip was featured earlier when the company’s iPad 2 was released. When the new iPad – Apple’s third-generation tablet – launched late last year the company opted to employ an ‘A5X’ processing chip, which was an improved version of its ‘A5′ predecessor, instead of a complete new model, as expected.
If sources are correct and Apple introduces a new ARM quad-core chip in its next-iteration iPhone, the improvements will be significant, and likely to be branded as the ‘A6′ model. According to Digitimes, the new chip would “heat up” the competition among other smartphones – including Samsung, HTC, LG and Meizu modles – also powered by quad-core processors.
The use of quad-core processors in smartphones is tipped to increase in the later half of 2012, with news of growing production of the chips at supplier factor Qualcomm.