When Steve Job’s gave us details of the new iPad last week, it was revealed the device was powered by a new A5 processor. Now there are rumors the iPhone 5 will be powered by the A5 dual-core processor as well.
Soon after the official release of iOS 4.3, developers found references to the A5 processor in a kernel file which was codenamed N94AP, according to a report over at AppleInsider. This codename has been widely thought to be for the iPhone 5.
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Filippo Bigarella an iOS developer put on Twitter his findings and said this was proof that the “iPhone 5 will run on the S5L8940 too”. The A5 processor is referred to as S5L8940 in the iOS 4.3 code, and is also listed as the chip for the CDMA, GSM, and Wi-Fi versions of the iPad 2.
Apple showed us the A5 chip last week in the faster, lighter, and thinner iPad 2, and recent rumors have suggested that the company have used Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for the A5 processor. Apple was previously partnered with Samsung for its A4 processor.
When the iPhone 5 is announced next June, you would have thought improvements made to the iPad 2 will find their way onto the handset. Time will tell as the date for the next WWDC event draws ever closer.