Even with all of the confusion surrounding Apple’s iPhone announcement this year, there are two things we know for certain. The device is going to include a faster processor (presumably the A5 found in the iPad 2), and a better camera.

While we don’t know much about the camera just yet, we do have a pretty good idea of what the A5 is capable of. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Apple tout the next iPhone as the fastest in the industry. And they’re already working on making it faster….

Ars Technica spotlights some interesting code, found within Xcode, that suggests Apple is already experimenting with quad-core processors. The utility, which developers use to make apps for iOS and Mac OS, shows support for a quad-core processor.

Ars Technica explains:

“Last, and most probable in our opinion, is that Apple is using the Marvell chip in prototypes of future iOS device designs (or even an ARM-based MacBook Air that is rumored to exist somewhere inside One Infinite Loop) for testing purposes. An Armada XP-powered prototype logic board would allow iOS or Mac OS X software engineers to experiment with performance tuning and other optimizations, while Apple’s hardware design team — comprised largely of former PA Semi and Intrinsity engineers — could continue working on a possible quad-core ARM design to be manufactured somewhere down the road.”

Android manufacturers are already rumored to be working on quad-core processor devices, so it’s nice to know that Apple isn’t asleep at the wheel. The ARM-based MacBook Air, however, is intriguing, as it could be the next step in iOS-Mac OS convergence.

[9to5Mac]

 

  • Craig

    I’m all for technology advancing but seriously, why the fuck would any1 need quad core in a phone.

    • Isaac

      faster, larger resolution, improved games, better video performance,

      • Craig

        I know what could be improved with quad core but you are missing the point, there really is no need for it, I have a pc for that sort of processing power, it certainly isn’t needed on a phone ffs and what has video performance got to do with anything really, there’s already phones with 1080p both recording and playback without the need for quad core .. there just isn’t a need for it at all other than to get mugs and fanboys to shell out more money, simple.

    • Dylan

      It would be welcomed. If apple could make it where the battery life wouldn’t drain and keep the price down then what would be a reason for the phone not to have one?

  • Ethan

    I hope it will fast enough to shorten the conversation with my ex-wife or whoever that I do not want to talk to 🙂

  • Jasper

    This is just bullshit, really. They can barely build quad-cores in laptops if you dont want to pay over 1300 dollars, how in the world would they get something like that in a phone.. A V8 CPU cooler on the back? http://ic.tweakimg.net/ext/i/productsurvey/10879/9096.jpg << (a V8 CPU cooler)

    • goofygreek

      If you pay 1300 dollars for a quad core laptop, then you my friend are a sucker. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215163

      Acer laptop with a phenom quad core @ 2.2ghz for about $400 shipped. Quad cores are used in quite a few laptops for less then $500. So next time, please do a little research before you sound like an idiot.

      • Anon

        Ouch! Somebody get Jasper some aloe for that burn

  • Mattia

    Apple didn’t even release the iPhone 5 yet and you are already thinking about the next gen iPhone?? If it will have an A6 processor it will be released in not less than 3 years. And why would someone need a Quad-Core processor on a phone. It will be faster than a computer. You guys on iDB are always exaggerating with everything. The iPhone 4 is already faster than ever. The iPhone 5 will have an A5 processor right? What do you want more?

    • goofygreek

      If you dont like the news, dont read it. All these guys do is bring the news to you, and all people like you do is bitch and complain. Saying iDB always exaggerates. Sounds like your doing the same thing. Yes, i get bitchy on here too, but at other comments, not at iDB. Pointing out the stupidity of a quad core in a phone, thats a valid argument. So i have to agree with you on that part.

      • Mattia

        They do exaggerate. And I am not getting bitchy because a quad core processor on a phone is unusefull. That’s what I think if you think in another way, fine I don’t have problems. Everyone get to have their own idea. I was just explaining what I think of this and you answered like a fucking retard.

      • Mattia

        They do exaggerate. And I am not getting bitchy because a quad core processor on a phone is unusefull. That’s what I think if you think in another way, fine I don’t have problems. Everyone get to have their own idea. I was just explaining what I think of this and you answered like a fucking retard

  • Mattia

    Apple didn’t even release the iPhone 5 yet and you are already thinking about the next gen iPhone?? If it will have an A6 processor it will be released in not less than 3 years. And why would someone need a Quad-Core processor on a phone. It will be faster than a computer. You guys on iDB are always exaggerating with everything. The iPhone 4 is already faster than ever. The iPhone 5 will have an A5 processor right? What do you want more? Apple is already making her best to create the iPhone 5. Apple isn’t Jesus Christ they can’t make miracles.

  • Ehab

    Actually I believe that Android has screwed iPhone 4 with all the free stuff and amazing apps in addition to their speed, so Apple’s iPhone 5 is just a catch up… So they won’t lose their customers.
    The iPhone 6 is gonna leave Android speechless and jobless. I really can’t wait for that 😀
    If you have noted, Apple follows the same techniques as BMW.. They have the knowledge and techniques but they’ll NEVER EVER show it all at once. So they’ll be able to develop and produce more products which actually are better than the previous ones.