Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

Summary: Even though Apple is not expected to reveal the next generation of the iPhone until this fall, the rumor mill is already churning away.

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Even though Apple is not expected to reveal the next generation of the iPhone until this fall, the rumor mill is already churning away.

According to Apple Insider, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note that the iPhone 5 will sport the following "slight modifications":

  • New iOS 5 mobile operating system (set to be unveiled at WWDC 2011)
  • A5 processor (as seen in the iPad 2)
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models
  • Improved antenna design

The last one is unintentionally comedic as its obviously necessary given the catastrophe that was "Antennagate" in summer 2010. However, we shouldn't expect to see any major exterior design changes until at least the sixth iPhone. (Let's not even start thinking about that one just yet.) The processor and the camera seem like reasonable upgrades, and given that Kuo has apparently been correct on past Apple rumors, the Qualcomm switch could pan out.

Of course, Apple hasn't even confirmed an iPhone 5 model (after all, we're still waiting for the iPhone 4 in white), but we all know its coming. It's just a matter of when at this point.

[Note: The device in the image above is the iPhone 4 - not a new version of the iPhone that is discussed in this post.]

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  • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

    How about 4G?
    mcfant
  • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

    <b>The last one is unintentionally comedic as its obviously necessary given the catastrophe that was Antennagate in summer 2010.</b> You mean that very overblown minor issue? First one had to have the right (or wrong) PH level in their sweat to even make the antenna conductive - and I must not have that particular PH level because I have not been able to duplicate the grip of death. Secondly the iPhone 4 has a 3% return rate - presuming that 97% of those who purchased it are satisfied with it. Given the above I'd say the term "catastrophe" is misapplied. <br><br>I can see them putting in the A5 - or better - processor, more ram, better front and rear cameras, and there are the rumors of a larger screen within the same form factor. I'd like to see a 64GB option as well as 4G capability.
    athynz
    • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

      @athynz Well, given the fact that my hands sweat more than my pits do (sorry for the TMI) I often play a little game when I am bored called "Watch the reception bars go away" where I hold the phone in my hand and guess what? The bars drop from 4-5 down to one in under 20 seconds. It also often ffects my data rate which gives me the most grief. So I welcome this change in the next version.
      black_bart
      • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

        @black_bart All I can say is you must have the right (or wrong) PH levels... I have not been able to duplicate it on my iPhone 4 no matter how sweaty or wet my hands get. I've never said that the issue does not exist - it's just been so blown out of proportion by the tech media and the Apple Haters and to see the tech media still riding that tired old donkey is just irritating.
        athynz
    • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

      @athynz and Rachel King (who conveniently disappears from the talkbacks)
      <br>Not to mention that there is NO factual justification for the use of the word "catastrophe".<br><br>Seriously Rachel, how about you explain your use of a word that means "an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering" They did not suffer ANY noticeable drop in sales. At all. For all the teeth gnashing in the press, Apple made ONE response, and moved on.<br><br>Where is this damage, pray tell? Where was this suffering? Rachel? Hello?
      DeusXMachina
  • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

    I couldn't agree more with the assessment of Antennagate being a farce. Firstly, EVERY cell phone can be affected by gripping it in certain ways. I have an old, dead Samsung flip phone that has a label stuck to the bottom back that says something like "Holding the phone here will reduce signal". And the phone is so small I'm not sure where one would hold it without covering that section. Pshaw and fiddlesticks! Old news, poorly researched 'news' doesn't constitute good journalism.
    I'm on cycle to get the iPhone 6 but frankly I've been so delighted with the 4 that I can't imagine a 'need' for even that upgrade. May wait till the iPhone gives back rubs and makes coffee in the morning.
    dheady
  • Hmm

    Depending on what the final version is with features I wonder if AT&T will let me use the upgrade on my wife's line to get the iPhone 5 and associate it to my number and I can give her my iPhone 4 to replace the 3G I gave her when I upgraded last time.

    4G capability would be nice too and without that I may not upgrade at all or wait a bit and see what else is out there when it comes time to upgrade.
    bobiroc
  • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

    Doesn?t the Verizon iPhone already have a Qualcomm MDM 6600? I can see the next version of the iPhones having a dual radio chip in them. This would reduce the manufacturing complexity of the phone. One phone that works on all carriers would indeed be an innovation.
    Rick_K
    • LOL! An innovation?

      @Rick_K
      My guess is that if iPhone 5 had a slide out keyboard you would label that an innovation!

      ROTFL!
      Will Farrell
      • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

        @Will Farrell
        How many other phones have that capability? Is there one phone that works on all carriers? If there is not one then yes it is in fact an innovation.
        Rick_K
      • Re: How many phones have that capability

        @Rick K

        I do not really keep up with all the models and brands out there but I am pretty sure there are a good handful of dual and quad band phones that can work on either a GSM or CDMA network. Usually they are "world" capable phones if I am not mistaken.

        It would be nice to see the iPhone do it and have the possibility to bounce carriers but I am sure it will have to be jailbroken for that to happen. If anything it should help streamline manufacturing I would hope.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

        @Will Farrell Dude that was a seriously lame comeback... really that was the best you could come up with? Man, turn in your screen name you just defecated of Will Farrell's name.

        Slide out keyboard would NOT be an innovation - even if they managed to keep it to the same exact dimensions as the iPhone is now. Personally I would not care for it - I've gotten used to the touch screen keyboard but I digress.

        A device - a single device - that worked on ALL carriers... [b]THAT[/b] would be the innovation. Imagine if - here in the US - one could purchase an iPhone at AT&T and one was okay with their service for a while but found that say Sprint's coverage was better (yeah I know, pure conjecture and fantasy but hang with me here) and using the exact same iPhone could get service with Sprint. Or let's say the exact same Android device. Or WP7, BB, etc... NOT a similar model but the exact same unit originally purchased with another carrier. I'd love to see it on the next gen iPhone just to piss off all of you ABAers and iPhone haters...
        athynz
      • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

        @athynz

        I think you misunderstood what Will was saying; he *was* saying that a slide-out keyboard would NOT be an innovation.

        He was also saying, as have other posters, that the ability for a phone to work across carriers is NOT an innovation ... for exactly the same reason as the keyboard wouldn't be - they already exist. The point you seem to miss is that just because it's new to iPhone doesn't make it innovative.
        JRushby
      • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

        @bobiroc

        FYI, Quad band world phones are not Qualcomm baseband phones. They do not do CDMA, they do GSM only. The quad bands refer to the various frequencies used internationally within GSM. Using a quadband phone guarantees that your GSM phone will work on any country's GSM network.

        That said, this is NOT an Apple innovation. It is at most a Qualcomm one, and even then, not really. It is just putting extra radios and support circuitry on a single chip.
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

    About time Apple did a proper Video Call hopefully on the next iPhone 5 ! Its so lame to expect ppl to only make video calls over the location & access point constrained 'Face Time' nonsense when video calling has been around for soooooo long. Sometimes im shamed by my iPhone 4 when my friends makes video calls on the go on their mid level Nokias or Sony Ericssons and I CAN'T !!! :( Same sentiments for those initial Android phones. And Windows Phone 7 as well. So frustrating......
    avatar-aang
    • RE: Rumor: iPhone 5 will have A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

      @avatar-aang
      Shame? There is a reason that almost no one, your "friends" included, EVER used mobile video calling prior to FaceTime. It SUCKED. Hard.
      DeusXMachina