New iPhone 5 in 2011: Specs include Dual-Core Processor?

By Alan Ng - Jan 28, 2011

Not content with LG and Motorola hogging all of the limelight with their upcoming dual-core smartphone releases this year, we are hearing reports that Apple may be planning to include a dual-core processor of their own for the elusive iPhone 5 handset.

As reported from RedmondPie, you may be unsurprised to hear that this story has surfaced from Digitimes, and their once again unnamed ‘industry sources’.

They state that while LG and Motorola have already announced and unveiled their dual-core smartphones in the way of the LG Optimus 2X and the Motorola Atrix, the likes of Samsung, Nokia and HTC are also expected to debut dual-core smartphones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona.

We definitely see some truth in this claim, as if this happens, it’s logical that Apple may feel left out of the dual-core party this year, and will obviously want to bring something to the table that keeps them competitive in the market. If the iPhone 5 is announced without a dual-core chip, some eyebrows may be raised as to whether it will remain the handset to own in 2011.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think the iPhone 5 needs a dual-core processor or not?

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  • MooCow

    As an iPhone games developer, dual-core is a must to take advantage of OpenGL ES 2.0 on the larger resolutions offered by the iPhone 4 and iPad. With 4+ times the pixels of an iPhone 3G S, the workhorse PowerVR chip just cannot cope with anything but the simplest per pixel lighting on these devices. But with two such cores….