2012: Apple’s quad-core A6-powered iPhone 5 incinerates Android

“Apple’s 2012 quad-core iPhone 5 promises power and performance no comparable Android device can ever hope to match, even as the iPad continues to incinerate all comers in the tablet space,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerworld.

“The latest claim from the iPhone 5 rumor mill tells us Apple has begun testing two iPhone models, one equipped with a dual-core, the other with a quad-core processor,” Evans reports. “In related news Apple is thought to be developing quad-core A6 processors to succeed its presently employed A5 and A4 chips.”

Evans reports, “When it comes to the user interface, Android is rusty. Instructions lag because the UI side of the ‘experience’ is based on legacy code originally designed to support a BlackBerry-style experience, rather than the iPhone paradigm Google hastily bolted onto its OS in its attempt to copy its one-time ally’s innovation… this is why Apple’s iPhone 5 will be so dangerous, delivering a bang for the buck others will find exceedingly hard to match.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPhone 4S and iPad 2 already incinerate Android phones and tablets. Looks like the performance gap is going to get even worse for Android devices. Google et al. better start working on some more insipid robot commercials.

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    1. yup… iPhone 5 (steve’s last phone he ‘touched’ in research) will finally move me away from T-Mobile (my grandfathered plan is so incredibly cheap… and the service in the area is at times better than VZ).

      Plus, i could use another simple P&S camera…

  1. This is analogous to Microsoft duct taping a GUI into DOS to come up with Windows. They have suffered ever since with long development cycles and monumental development costs to update this awkward integration. Android, following in Window’s footsteps, will have increasing problems keeping up with Apple, whose OSes were built from the start for a modern GUI. It would appear both Windows and Android are mired in their congealing code. Historians, dredging in some digital tar pit, will some day try to resurrect their preserved skeletons.

  2. If the rumors are correct that Apple will go with a slimmer, tapered design on the iPhone 5, I wonder how they will solve the battery capacity issue? If it has a bigger screen (rumor) and a slicker design, but the cost is hours of charge, I don’t think people will like it so much.

    I think I would rather even have the same design as now with the new capabilities (A6, NFC?, etc…) than a new design with half the battery life. Somehow, I think Apple will figure a way around the design constraints to give similar battery life.


    1. Not sure if the phone will be actually called iPhone 5, though, since fifth generation of iPhones was already released this year — so it would be confusing to call sixth iPhone “5”.

      Until now Apple had only the following three principles in naming iPhones:
      1) by order of appearance: iPhone [1], iPhone 4;
      2) by technology: iPhone 3G
      3) by adding suffix “S” if outer design is the same: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S.

      So next iPhone should be called either as iPhone 4G or iPhone 6 (if outer design will be different — though I doubt that).

    2. Noy to long ago Apple bought the exclusive rights to “liquid metal” technology for use in consumer electronic products.

      “Liqiud Metal” has been been used to manufacture compact fuel cells with much larger capacities than comparable sized Li-ion devices.

      I can see Apple developing battery technology that is smaller than current Li-ion batteries, yet last longer.

  3. Prediction:

    – Analysts will expect quad core
    – iPhone 5 will be dual core
    – iPhone 5 will be amazing nonetheless
    – Stock will plummet from the “disappointment”
    – iPhone 5 will break iPhone 4S sales records
    – Stock eventually recovers and moves on to new highs

    1. Yeah, nobody can predict what Apple will do next. Perhaps they’ll make best buddies with Samsung and, in an effort to give them a sporting chance, name the next model the “Apple iPhone Asparagus II XT-576, 2012 Edition”.

      Probably not, though.

  4. Every new iPhone model does NOT need to have a new “A-chip.” And an “A6” does not necessarily need to be quad core. It can be “new-and-improved” in other significant ways, such as graphics performance and processing speed.

    I don’t think the next iPhone will have a quad-core CPU. I don’t think the next iPad (probably just a few months away) will have a quad-core CPU. I think the 2013 iPad will have a quad-core CPU, followed by the 2013 iPhone.

    Apple releases new hardware tech in a systematic and orderly way. It’s the software-based features (integrated with mature reliable hardware) that sells Apple products, not pure hardware specs. The competition mostly relies on hardware specs for its promotional “brochures.”

    1. Two problems with your post
      1 – Apple’s A6 is confirmed to be a quad core
      2 – Apple uses the two year cycle to upgrade there tech (which goes along with carriers 2 year agreements) and when upgrading they put the best hardware they can get their hands on so that they wont have to truly re-upgrade the phone till two years later and in between the two years come out with mini upgrades (the S Series)

      I know what your thinking, “but what about the iPhone 4? It stayed on for 16-months and was only succeeded by a mini update (iPhone 4S).”
      -The main reason for this was because Apple had just re-released the same iPhone 4 model to Verizon and if they came out and made a major upgrade Verizon members would be furious. Also Apple was having manufacture problems with the touch screen of the new model. If Apple comes out with a brand new iPhone next October (Hypothetical) then Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T members will not be enraged, which will continue to keep customer satisfaction in the high 9x% for Apple.

  5. … sense? “promises power and performance no comparable Android device can ever hope to match” Come ON! If it is “comparable”, then it offers – not just promises – similar power and performance. OK, if the A6 is a quad, Android will need a year to offer a comparable model. By which time Apple will have moved on.

    1. Android won’t need a year. In fact, HTC Edge will be released before which is a quadcore. The iphone 3gs was the last iphone where apple was releasing something new as compared to their competition. Iphone 4, and 4s were outdated since they came out to the market.

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