Apple has already started testing prototype units of the next generation iPhone with “select” developers. We’ve already heard that the next iPhone will most likely sport Apple’s powerful A5 processor, and 9to5Mac is reporting that the next iPhone will indeed boast the A5 chip.

The iPad 2 uses Apple’s A5 processor, and Apple is bringing the A5 to the iPhone in order to improve gaming performance. Big-name gaming companies are already testing an A5-equipped iPhone “4S” to get ready for the new device’s launch.

9to5Mac discovered that the A5 chip is coming by looking inside the iOS 4 SDK, and they’ve heard that Apple will market the speedy processor to the gaming community. The device that Apple is sending to select develepors is cleverly named the iPhone “4S,”

“The person who chose to share this information with us calls it the ‘iPhone 4S’, though the device itself only has typical Apple prototype nomenclature.  He also shared that the device spends its evenings in a safe in the company’s offices.”

To be clear: these prototype iPhone 4S devices are not necessarily the next-generation iPhone. These phones are simply prototype units for developers to get ready for the new phone, rumored to be launching in September.”

9to5Mac found the A5 information inside the SDK of the iOS version running on the prototype iPhone “4s” device. These devices run a version of iOS that supports the iPhone’s next-gen hardware.

Gaming has always been a huge market in the App Store. iOS 5 will most likely focus more heavily on gaming, and hopefully Apple will do something more with Game Center. It’s nice to see that the next iPhone will get a big step up in performance.

Do you think that the A5 chip will affect the next iPhone’s battery life? What about the name “iPhone 4s?” Hopefully Apple can come up with something better than that.

  • Hanybv

    No I don’t think it will affect the battery life , apple has proven to be the best in this chapter !

  • Burge

    How about the.. iPhone 5.. for a name it’s not been used before ! Who cares about the name it’s about the device and how much have apple improved it over the i4 …

  • Tbdm147

    How about a 4G capable phone and just call it the iPhone 4G? Hire me apple.

  • “4S” is “leet spell” for “A5” – 4=A, S=5 😉

    • Selcuk

      Wow, nice one! Totally with u on that one 😉

  • Not sure if you realise that “4S” is “hacker spell” for “A5” – 4=A, S=5 😉

    • Micke

      Or maybe the “s” just stands for speed, like in 3GS. No meaning to overinterpret things.

  • yrteght

    100% chance the next iPhone will have the A5 processor, something could understand since March.

  • dinozilla

    A5 has been proven to be more resource intensive with ipad2, but it is compensated with expanded battery size.
    If no improvement or increase in battery capacity, I believe it may shorten, and I hate that to happen.

  • .

    or maybe we dont have 4G yet for iPhone

    [3G]S

    4S

  • Sot0

    If you guys had a gf. You wouldnt care what apple calls it.

  • If you guys had a girlfriend. You wouldnt care what apple calls it.

    • Micke

      And I guess you are so much better, commenting on a blog, really going out of your way to be sure to insult us.

      Get of your high horses, good sir. I’m sure the most of us have an significant other.

      • I’m off it now and I know. The girlfriend had ladies night and the PSN is down so I can’t play COD. This was just a drunk comment.

  • matt

    Let’s compromise and call it the iPhone 4GS

    • 7h0mas

      Good idea

  • Josh

    When iPhone 5 comes out, i’ll probably be buying the iPhone 4. That’s how I roll 😉 Apple prices drop significantly when a new iDevice comes out.

  • I think it should be the “iPad 2 Nano.”

  • Adam

    The “s” in iPhone 4s stands for sirri!