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iPhone 5 should use Qualcomm chipsets, new 'A8' processor

updated 08:00 am EST, Fri January 14, 2011

Kinsus leak gives iPhone 5 chipset, timing details

Some of the first iPhone 5 part details have emerged on Friday with insight into its launch timing. Taiwan's Kinsus is reportedly supplying 30 to 40 percent of the substrates for the Qualcomm chipsets that will provide cellular access. The Apple Daily sources had the iPhone 5 launching in spring and that Kinsus could by necessity ship its own parts as soon as this quarter, before the end of March.

Qualcomm's presence supported by extension the likelihood of there being a Verizon edition of the new phone. The semiconductor firm is the dominant choice for CDMA chipsets, although it does produce HSPA chipsets as well.

The same tip also pointed to a potentially large processor upgrade. Along with supplying Qualcomm, Kinsus was said to be providing parts for a "new A8 application processor." What this would be wasn't made clear. While it could represent just an upgrade to the ARM Cortex-A8 chip, it could also represent Apple's own name for a successor to the A4. The latter could imply a dual-core design, two times A4, and could imply a switch to the more advanced ARM Cortex-A9 needed for multi-core.

Some high-end phones shipping in 2011 are already known to be shipping with dual-core processors based on the new ARM architecture, including the Motorola Atrix 4G and LG's Optimus Black and 2X.

With the exception of the iPhone 3G launch, all iPhones have usually shipped to the US at the end of June and would be consistent with talk of shipping in the spring.


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  1. Billrey

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    Joined: Feb 2010

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    Confusing

    A8 would be a very confusing name, especially if it's actually an A9 ARM design. You'd misunderstand it for being less powerful than it probably is.

    It's confusing enough with the A4, which is a paper size standard, and sounds like it's less powerful than current generation A8 ARMs.

  1. Pilsner6910

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    Joined: Mar 2010

    -1

    iPhone 5?

    wouldn't it be iPhone 4 second generation?

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    Seriously people

    ...for a "new A8 application processor." What this would be wasn't made clear. While it could represent just an upgrade to the ARM Cortex-A8 chip, it could also represent Apple's own name for a successor to the A4. The latter could imply a dual-core design, two times A4, and could imply a switch to the more advanced ARM Cortex-A9 needed for multi-core.

    Or it could a processor used in the production facilities of V-8 juice. Or it could be a processor for cars with a V-8 engine. Or it could be a chip designed to be placed in the eight--ball for use at various pool halls. Perhaps it's a chip for a new Scrabble branded game, where the letter A is now worth 8 points.

    Oh, right, none of those choices involve Apple, and we know if any company is doing anything with Apple, any possible project being worked on has the utter chance of being meant for Apple, so let's start thinking.

    Perhaps the A8 is quad-code processor of the A2? Maye it's a dual-core G4. Perhaps it's the code name of the chip for the Powerbook G5 that's sure to be right around the corner. Maybe Apple is going to create the operating computer for a special Apple-branded Audi A8?

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Confusing

    A8 would be a very confusing name, especially if it's actually an A9 ARM design. ... It's confusing enough with the A4, which is a paper size standard, and sounds like it's less powerful than current generation A8 ARMs.

    Confusing to who? Who exactly is looking at the processor or CPU of a tablet, iphone, or any other device and going "Well, it's an A4, I'm going to wait for an A8!"?

    And since the A4 processor is Apple's own take on the ARM design (as any company can do with ARM designs), the number is meaningless anyway since there is no CPU to compare the number to anyway.

    According to your statement, the A4 is actually better than the A8, so should Apple have called it the A8? No, because it's better (and you couldn't tell). But they couldn't call it the A9, because that would imply a different standard that it isn't. Maybe you'd be happy if they called it the A8x, or A8+? Oh, I know, in classic Apple fashion, the A8-Extreme!

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    -9

    Giddy-up Apple


    You're slipping.
    Time to play catchup!!

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