iPhone 5 falters, needs 1.5 GHz dual-core processor

By Peter Chubb - Aug 8, 2011

The 1GHz dual-core processor is what is expected to power the iPhone 5, but could Apple’s next model falter because it is so late to the party? We say this because there are now smartphones coming to the market that will offer between 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz, so the fifth-generation iPhone might need an even greater spec bump – especially if rumors of the HTC Vigor turn out to be true.

The Vigor has not been officially announced yet, but from what we know it will be the most powerful handset to date, and is expected to replace the ThunderBolt. So one of the fastest LTE handsets is all set to become even faster. You have to wonder if HTC are bringing out the Vigor to counter the faster Galaxy S II?

Whatever way you look at it Apple could be in real trouble here, as they could be launching a new phone that will already be out of date. This could certainly affect sales, as some Verizon customers might not want to pay the price for an iPhone 5 that is considered to be almost 6 months out of date. Apple is expected to use the 1GHz A5 chip, but that has been in use in the iPad 2 since March.

From what we know Apple do not have an alternative, so they are in a catch 22. The reason for this is because they have no choice to release the iPhone with an inferior processor, but then we know how good iOS 5 will be, and should be able to make the iPhone 5 more powerful than other 1GHz dual-core phones on the market.

We know that it is not always down to the CPU, as Apple has other tricks up its sleeves to counteract what the likes of the Vigor and the newer faster Galaxy S II can throw at it. One key area where the iPhone 5 could excel is the battery performance, as it does not matter how powerful your handset is, if your battery lets you down then the handset is toast. This was the whole issue with the HTC ThunderBolt, which has to be the reason why the phone maker is rushing out the release of its successor.

For years we have been hearing of an iPhone killer, and just maybe the Vigor could be it. The likes of HTC have not been able to do it so far, but coming up with hardware that is 6 months or more ahead of the iPhone 5 might just be the answer.

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  • Trob6969

    I don’t really consider battery drain to be such a big issue because no matter what smartphone I buy, I always buy an extra battery & keep it charged anyway. To me that’s why it’s important to have a phone with the interchangeable battery feature…something apple just doesn’t seem to get.

  • Andyg

    Apple products may not be the absolute pinicle  as far as technology goes but, it’s simple –  they just work nicely and easily -Smart Phones for Dummies

  • Blackmar1988

    It doesn’t matter what it has. The brainwashed customers will buy it cause its an iPhone.

    • Randy B. Singer

      A smartphone isn’t purchased by consumers like a personal computer.  The overwhelming number of smartphone customers don’t look at processor specs to decide which smartphone to purchase.  Smartphone buyers aren’t nerds.  They purchase smartphones based on which is easiest to use, which looks the best, has the best user interface, and which allows them to do the things that they want to be able to do.

      It’s the same thing for tablet-type devices.  If the customers for this type of device were nerds they would have gone for Windows pen-input devices like mad.  But they didn’t.  Instead they went overwhelmingly for the iPad, and didn’t even give a thought to what type of processor it used, or even that it didn’t have a USB port.

      The points in the above article are irrelevant for smartphones.  I’m not even sure that consumers all purchase personal computer this way anymore.

      • Yeah but who do you think reads these articles?  People that want to know about smartphones that are coming out and how they stack up against phones already available or about to be released.  All we have is specs to compare.

        You don’t have to be a geek to appreciate a high performing phone.  Customers do want a phone that is fast, that can multitask and interact with the Internet like their PCs do.  Yes, they don’t look at processor speed specs but they do notice how fast a phone runs.  These smartphones can stream video (Netflix) to TVs so it has to perform.  Same thing it you want to stream YouTube videos or participate in video chat.  When you navigate the UI, you want a smooth user experience without the phone stuttering due to performance lags.  They also want one that has a battery that will last at least a day under moderate use.