iPhone 5 prototype released to developers. Or is it iPhone 4S?(Read article summary)
iPhone 5? iPhone 4S? Too early to nail down a name. But the new handheld sports a speedy A5 processor, according to a new report.
iPhone 4 units kitted out with the new A5 chip are being sent to a handful of developers, according to a new report from 9to5mac.com. The A5 â€“â€“ which already powers the iPad 2 â€“â€“ is a next-generation processor, capable of chewing through data approximately nine times faster than the A4, the chip currently found in AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 handsets.
So why should you care? Well, because it looks like this A5 chip will be a centerpiece of the advertising campaign for the new iPhone 5. "[W]e have heard Apple is going to push this gaming performance and speed as one of the next-generation iPhoneâ€™s major marketing points," Mark Gurman of 9to5mac.com wrote today. Gurman does not identify his source.
As for the iPhone 4S designation â€“â€“ a nice echo of the iPhone 3G S â€“â€“ that's just shorthand. "The person who chose to share this information with us calls it the â€˜iPhone 4Sâ€™, though the device itself only has typical Apple prototype nomenclature," Gurman notes. "He also shared that the device spends its evenings in a safe in the companyâ€™s offices." Just like a spy movie.
The iPhone 4S scuttlebutt comes as a gazillion blogs echo with news of the (probably) forthcoming iPhone 5, which is expected to hit shelves in September. Just to be clear: Neither iPhone 5 nor iPhone 4S is a set-in-stone moniker. There is going to be a new iPhone, and it will almost definitely include the A5 chip, and a better camera, but we have no idea what the thing will be called, and neither does anyone else.