iPhone 5 rumors: next iPhone to feature new Broadcom chip, power saving and Wi-Fi Direct

Tech site 9to5mac has managed to obtain details of a prototype of the next iPhone that is currently being tested at Cupertino.

The site writes that this model features a Broadcom BCM4334 chip that could help add power savings to the battery.

The device could also integrate dual-band Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct technology.

However, the chip would reduce power by 40-50%, as well as standby power by 3 orders of magnitude.

The new Broadcom chip is built using a 40nm process technology, a technique that provides low active and idle power consumption.

The chip is built to meet the needs of minimal power consumption and compact size for mobile devices, while offering Wi-Fi connectivity at the same time.

In addition, the dual-band Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct could allow Apple to implement the AirDrop technology on future devices, a feature that enables the sharing of files in Wi-Fi networks on Macs.

Wi-Fi Direct would allow connectivity with other smartphones that support this technology and in this way users could enjoy fast sharing of files from their handsets to Android, Windows Phone or even BlackBerry devices.