A5X Chip May Not Be Suitable For iPhone
Last week, Apple introduced its new A5X processor in the third-generation iPad. On the basis of Apple’s previous moves, we are expecting the chip to appear in its next iPhone. However, this may not happen.
According to some analysts, the chip requires too much power to be used in the iPhone. That is why, Apple will need to create a more power-efficient chip with a new manufacturing process for its next smartphone.
Traditionally, Apple had been taking the processors introduced in its iPad, namely the A4 and the A5, and introducing them into its new iPhone several months later. However, this year, things might be different. A5X is focused heavily on graphics. It consumes too much power to be used in a smartphone.
Like the A5, the A5X features two processing cores. However, it offers significantly greater graphics performance to accommodate the new iPad’s high-resolution Retina display, thus, eating up more power. This is likely to be one of the reasons why the new device needed a better battery to provide the same ten-hour charge offered by its predecessor. This is also the reason for the device being slightly thicker.
But that kind of performance is excessive in the iPhone. That is why, several analyst believe the A5X chip is for the iPad only.
Linley Gwennap, founder and principal analyst of The Linley Group said, “I think that this new chip is probably just for the iPad. It looks like they [Apple] planned ahead for this.”
Gwennap thinks that Apple would not introduce a chip that iPhone does not need. Instead, it may choose to increase its battery life with a more power-efficient Central Processing Unit (CPU) manufacturer on a 28-nanometer manufacturing process.
Dean McCarron, an analyst with Mercury Research, agreed. He said, “There’s no technical reason to make the iPhone display better.”
The dual-core A5 processor featured in Apple’s iPhone 4S produces awesome visuals on its Retina display. Thus, Apple does not need to improve display with the next iPhone. It is the Battery life of iPhone 4S that deserves attention.
Source: Cult Of Mac
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