In a report Macotakara has some more information on the next-generation iPhone, as well as 2012’s model. They refer to this year’s upcoming release as the “iPhone 4S”, while referring to the 2012 model as “iPhone 5”. At any rate, the “iPhone 4S” will reportedly be equipped with a ARM Cortex-A9, the same “A5” that’s […]
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Report Claims “iPhone 4S” Coming Later this Year with A5, iPhone Overhaul in 2012

Screen shot 2011-03-08 at 1.08.14 AM.pngIn a report Macotakara has some more information on the next-generation iPhone, as well as 2012’s model. They refer to this year’s upcoming release as the “iPhone 4S”, while referring to the 2012 model as “iPhone 5”.

At any rate, the “iPhone 4S” will reportedly be equipped with a ARM Cortex-A9, the same “A5” that’s used in the iPad 2. The only difference may be that the A5 used in the iPhone could be a single core unit, as compared to the iPad 2 version which is dual-core. My guess for this move would have to do with power consumption vs. performance. They also claim that the next-generation iPhone will be equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, compared to the current version’s 5-megapixel camera. Also, the device will be a world-mode phone, and will house 3-4 antennas to ensure compatibility with both AT&T and Verizon’s networks.

In a move that opposes a recent report, Macotakara claims that the new iPhone will be “SIM-less”. That is, the device will ship with an embedded SIM, which cannot be removed by the end-user. The reason for this, is to lay the groundwork in removing the infrastructure needed to install or remove a SIM card, and use that space for components, or to make the device smaller in future generations.

The recent report this opposes, comes from the mouth of Orange CEO Stephane Richard, who claimed that Apple had backed off from these plans when faced with opposition from cellular companies around the world. The telecommunications companies like the SIM, wherein Apple wants rid of it so they can make their devices smaller. So, as a compromise Apple is using a micro-SIM standard for the time being.

None of this is covering new ground. Expect a new iPhone this fall, alongside the new iPod announcement, with a very similar case design to the iPhone 4, but with a better camera, and beefier CPU, likely with a different SIM configuration as well. Then of course, to no one’s surprise, the following year (2012) we’ll see a major new iPhone design with the introduction of the “iPhone 5”.

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