The iPhone is widely expected to get a major upgrade this fall. Not only is the handset’s current form factor more than two years old, but the competition is really heating up with handsets like Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

Some of the upcoming smartphone’s rumored features include a larger, 4-inch display, a redesigned casing, and LTE compatibility. But what about the processor? According to a new report, it’s going to be quad-core…

Citing “industry sources,” the somewhat-reliable DigiTimes reports:

“Additionally, Apple is also expected to release its next-generation iPhone built on Samsung’s Exynos 4 quad-core processor in the second half, heating up competition in the segment, commented the sources.”

The iPad 3 uses the A5X processor, which Apple touts as a quad-core chip. But it actually only has a dual-core CPU. Samsung’s Exynos 4, however, is actually a quad-core processor — the same one Samsung uses in its Galaxy S III.

Considering the size of the upgrade, it’s possible that the new processor could come with the long-awaited ‘A6’ badge, a chip that Apple has been rumored to be working on for quite some time.

Of course, we don’t have to tell you how sketchy DigiTimes’ reporting can be. So this is all still speculation at this point. But we wouldn’t be surprised to see a quad-core processor turn up this fall.

With good-looking offerings coming out of both Microsoft and Google this fall, Apple certainly has some high expectations to live up to with its next iPhone.

[AppleInsider]

  • Oh really?

  • Charles Valdez

    Thanks for posting the obvious!

  • It better be. To compete with the Androids.

    • I am pretty sure the only reason so many Androids need Quad Cores is because they suck without them.

      My iP4S runs perfect with only a dual core processor, and I don’t think the quad core will add any benefit, unless they plan to add true multitasking or widgets to iOS 6 (which it didn’t seem like they would in WWDC 2012).

      • So I guess if the iPhone 5 gets a quad core, it sucks too right? That’s exactly what you’re saying. If a phone has a quad core it sucks. Regardless of OS.

      • Read what he wrote again before you post that dumb comment.
        He said that if Androids didn’t have quad core cpus they would suck, not that a phone with quad core cpu sucks.

      • Maybe you should pay attention to what I write then, and not other people’s comment. Now, read what I said, and then try and offer some sort of plausible excuse as to why I am wrong.

      • I said Androids suck with out them and I explained why they do. Since Android has Widgets and true multitasking, the quad core cpu is required for it to run smoothly.

        I am not saying all phones with quad cores suck, I am saying that you dont need to compete with Android by having the same hardware. Its about how it runs.

        If an iPhone with dual core is able to run as efficiently as an Android that has a quad core, why would Apple spend the time to upgrade?

        Hardware isn’t everything when it comes to being competative. You got to look at it at many different angles.

        Also, though your comment may be somewhat correct and may not be a complete twisting of what I was saying, what you said was out of line.

        Therefore, your argument is invalid.

      • “Hardware isn’t everything.” Okay, let’s look at GUI. After 3 years of having an iPhone and seeing what iOS 6 had in store I jumped ship to the GS3. This grid of squares stuff is old now. Also as far as hardware and software go, I can link my PS3 controller to my GS3 and air play my GS3 onto my TV. So any game I get on there I can play with a PS3 controller on my TV. That’s just one thing. hmmm…..

      • Awwwwww! Are you going to cry now? Because I proved you wrong? You said it yourself, “I don’t think the quad core will add any benefit, unless they plan to add true multitasking or widgets to iOS 6 (which it didn’t seem like they would in WWDC 2012).”

        So what you’re saying is, when the iPhone gets a quad core, it will suck because it needs all that power to multitask and support widgets. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE SAYING.

        “I am not saying all phones with quad cores suck, I am saying that you dont need to compete with Android by having the same hardware. Its about how it runs.”

        So clearly the iPhone 4S never needed a dual core? Yes, ask for a single core iPhone 5. You don’t need to compete with more powerful phones right? THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE SAYING.

        “If an iPhone with dual core is able to run as efficiently as an Android that has a quad core, why would Apple spend the time to upgrade?”

        Because Apple knows Android is better when it comes to hardware, and besides, Apple copies everything. “Good artist create, great artists steal” — Steve Jobs

        “Hardware isn’t everything when it comes to being competative. You got to look at it at many different angles.”

        Because software is all there is to it. Get real. without hardware there is no phone to use. Hardware makes software run. Hardware is everything.

        “Also, though your comment may be somewhat correct and may not be a complete twisting of what I was saying, what you said was out of line. ”

        Nope, I was clearly stating what you were implying. Straight and to the point.

        Although your argument has no ground and is utterly baseless, and as I know you’re a fanboy, I can accept it. But please, when you blatantly post things and don’t stand behind them, it makes you look stupid.

        Next time own up to what you said. It’ll save you lots of trouble. Lulz

      • Yea, I’ll just stop now. I don’t deal with trolls.

        Also, it’s hard to be a fanboy if I only got an iPhone 4S, the only iPhone I have ever owned.

        And finally, if you are making all your comments based on what people imply, you are an idiot

      • Well, don’t imply something without backing it up! Thanks! Have a nice day!

  • Rumor: next iPhone to come in both black and white.

  • That black iPhone looks desirable. I mean, usually I don’t want the black one, but that… that makes black look much better.

    • I agree the mock-up next gen iPhone pic is pretty sexy.

    • Patrick Baptiste

      Always bet on black.

  • comexplus

    I think it may be better than quad core because they said iPhone 5 will take Samsung galaxy s iii to shame

    • LUFC_MOT

      Funny how someone linked with Apple said that isn’t it, I mean, their hardly likely to say it’s going to be shit are they, not if they want to keep the contract !!

  • That black iPhone looks gorgeous, I love the Matt look. I think they will go pretty big on this upgrade, they know people are expecting it, and Apple surely know this, so many people have been hanging out for this iPhone 5 or the new iPhone for ages, if its a big upgrade that gets everyone excited they know that the money will pour in. I hope it’s just thinner with a bigger screen, I like being able to hold my iPhone against other peoples phones knowing that mine actually looks like its worth the money paid for it, no like some of the plastic cases the comp dishes up!

  • Irfan Tarique

    For the first time the black iPhone would look sexier than the white iPhone

  • If you believe this, you are in for a let down. It’s like the quad core rumors for iPad 3, then last second the leaked A5X chip comes out, dual core cpu with quad core graphics. Quad core CPU as a rumor for the time being will stay as a rumor for this year.

    The iPhone and iPad can not have a quad core chip at this time.

    Also, as an addition, the iPhone having a quad core chip whereas the iPad released the same year didn’t is a drift from the usual Apple pattern, where the components of a new iPad mock the components of the iPhone to be released later that year. We saw this with iPad/iPhone 4 and iPad 2/iPhone 4S. If iPad 3/iPhone 5 don’t follow this trend, I would be VERY surprised, since some things I could see Apple changing up and others I can’t. This is one of those things I can’t see Apple changing up.

  • smtp25

    So my iPad and iphone both have dual cores and you still feel your waiting around some times for the screen to refresh in different system screens. I didn’t notice any difference between the iPhone 4 and 4S cpu wise

    • your crazy.

    • Yeah, my iphone 4 and my wife’s 4s load apps at the same speed, load web pages at the same speed and if her phone ever did anything faster than mine, there was nothing in it. Nope, you’re not crazy. Speed wise there really isn’t that much in it.

  • Falk M.

    The Year of four Fours:
    4″ Screen
    4 CPU Cores
    4 GPU Cores
    4G LTE

    Oh boy! XD

  • You should also write an article about how the iPhone after the next iPhone may have octa-core cpu.