9to5Mac reports that Apple will use a new version of the A5 chip in the next iPhone, that it will have an ARM S5L8950X processor and an SGX543RC graphics chip.
The name of chip is important in that it shows the development of a new processor, different from the S5L8940X software used in the iPhone 4S and the S5L8945X, but that does not mean it’s a quad-core.
As for the graphics chip, nobody knows what the name denotes or what features it could have.
The iPhone 5 is also expected to offer 1 GB RAM and run the iOS 6 that is rumored to be presented at the upcoming WWDC this month.
In addition, this unit uses the same type of Qualcomm 4G baseband chip found in the new iPad, which doesn’t come as a surprise given that most functions of the tablet are eventually integrated in the iPhone.
Finally, the site writes that Apple will drop the Google Maps application and the app’s interface will be slightly modified to improve the user experience.
Here is an early screenshot of what this new app could look like.
According to DigiTimes, who spoke with Taiwanese supply chain sources, the production of the iPhone 5 is expected to begin around the end of Q2 or beginning of Q3 this year.
As Apple plans to maintain its screen resolution of 326 pixels-per-inch, it will reportedly use LTPS technology.
The in-cell touch panels will help build a slightly thinner device than current one.
These displays awill reportedly be produced by LG Display, Japan Display, and Sharp, the same three suppliers that were recently rumored to be targeted by Apple for the purche of 4-inch displays for the next iPhone.
The three companies have a quarterly production of 95 million LTPS panels, with the capacity of producing as many as 72 million panels.
What this means for Apple is that the iPhone 5 could take up as much as 70% of the total output of LTPS panels in 2012 and 2013, according to sources.
In this case, non-Apple vendors will be put in a difficult situation regarding components.
“Gaming has kind of evolved a bit”, he said at yesterday’s D10 conference. “More people play on portable devices. Where we might go in the future, we’ll see. Customers love games. I’m not interested in being in the console business in what is thought of as traditional gaming. But Apple is a big player today and things in the future will only make that bigger.”
“I’m not interested in being in the console business in what is thought of as traditional gaming,” he added.
“I view that we are in gaming now in a fairly big way. One of the reasons people buy an iPod touch is gaming. Some buy it for music. Gaming has kind of evolved a bit. More people play on portable devices. Where we might go in the future, we’ll see. Customers love games.”
However, the Apple boss doesn’t exclude the possibility of gaming via Apple TV.
Apple sold 2.7 million Apple TVs in 2012 so far, a figure that is as high as that recorded in 2011.
When asked if the company was interested in bringing gaming to television, Cook said: “It could be interesting.”
One of the major products launched in recent years by Apple is the iPad tablet.
Until its release, the world didn’t feel any need for a tablet but Apple’s product has changed the perspective of its customers who now plan to give up their PCs or laptops in favor of an iPad.
However, Tim Cook believes that people view tablets as PC, and this thinking is wrong. A tablet can’t do what a PC does and users should not compare them with laptops and notebooks.
Users should be aware that in buying a tablet they are forced to give up on certain features of the PC and choose the advantages of portability and a greater autonomy, but also accept the limitations of the tablet’s operating systems.
In March many were left surprised by Apple’s decision to name its third-generation iPad “the new iPad.”
At AllThingsD‘s D10 Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, Tim Cook explained that Apple only changes the secondary names of their products if they feature certain important functions, or if there is a radical change in design.
That’s why the iPhone 4S and iPod Mini / Nano were launched with those names.
“Lot of people ask me that about iPad. If you look back at iPod, we had an iPod and we changed it a few times and we kept calling it iPod. When we announced a new one and we called it iPod Mini. When we changed it massively we called it Nano. You can stick with the name and people generally love that, or you can put a number at the end which denotes the generation. And if you keep the same industrial design, as in the case of the 4S, some people might say it stands for Siri or speed. We were thinking of Siri when we did it. For the 3GS we were thinking of speed,” Cook explained.
The Apple head also said that when a product becomes extremely popular, the company gives up on the secondary names and that is how the iPad tablet or the Mac got their names.
What Cook says is that if the name of the product itself is very strong, a secondary name is pointless, unless really important features or major design changes are implemented.
His comments could fuel rumors that the next iPhone will bear a different naming than simply the iPhone 5.