Surprise iPhone 5 with Samsung chip

By Alan Ng - Jul 6, 2012

With the Samsung Galaxy S3 on top of the Android spectrum right now, all eyes are on Apple and whether they will be unleashing a new iteration of the iPhone to coincide with the release of iOS 6 this Fall.

If we were to believe all of the constant rumors, a new iPhone is coming and one that carries a display screen bigger than the one seen on the iPhone 4S. A processor upgrade is finally expected as well and although it is likely that we’ll see Apple use a quad-core processor for their next iPhone, it may not be the A6 chip that many of you thought.

Instead, fresh reports this week are suggesting that Apple may even be planning to use Samsung’s own quad-core Exynos processor in the iPhone 5, the very same chip that powers devices such as the international Galaxy S3. With all the bad blood swirling around at the moment due to patent battles between the two giants, would it be a major surprise if Apple then turns to Samsung to supply a key component for the device that is likely going to result in a loss of Galaxy S3 sales?

After Apple has successfully managed to ban the Galaxy Nexus in the US, you would have thought that Samsung wouldn’t want to help Apple in the slightest. But as we’ve seen in the past, Samsung has shown that their trade as a component supplier doesn’t have any bearing on current events so don’t be surprised if this becomes a reality.

If Digitimes is right and Apple are using a quad-core Samsung chip for the iPhone 5, then what fate will come of the elusive A6 chip? Perhaps Apple will introduce that with their rumored 7-inch iPad which will go head to head with Google’s recently announced Nexus 7 tablet.

Would you be surprised if Apple opted for the Exynos chip, instead of an Apple built processor like the A6?

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  • Steve__S

    There are always a bunch of stupid rumors leading up to the next iPhone release.  This rumor is beyond stupid though.  It’s insulting to anyone who actually knows anything about these chips.  In order for this rumor to be true, Apple would add to cpus which would bring questionable additional performance and drastically reduce its existing GPU performance, not to mention remove custom circuitry for camera related functions.  This wouldn’t be an upgrade, it would be a downgrade.  It makes no sense.  Stop posting such nonsense.

  • AdamChew

    This report must be filed to show who will eats crows for lunch when the iPhone 5 is launched.

  • Jonstatic1982

    Don’t call off the need for the Quad core just yet.  We don’t know everything that they going to do with the phone.  Apple is going to need some distinguishing features to entice people to upgrade.  

  • KylerBolden

    im pretty sure that they are not going to use a samsung chip and instead they are going to use the A5X. There is no need for a Quad Core CPU in a iphone at the time.

    • Dodgebizkit

      There is- ONLY for the fact that nerds are obsessed with specs.
      Plus future proofing, as much as any apple product can really be future proofed when they almost obsolete their latest one with the next year model.

      And note to the author- there is an almost 0 chance of a 7inch iPad.

      • KylerBolden

        Apple doesn’t care about specs though, they care about how the Os runs with the hardware. I would be shocked to see a quad core processor in a iPhone this year. Especially when it is not needed.