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iPhone 5 rumor roll-up for the week ending Oct. 28

John Cox | Oct. 31, 2011
The iOSsphere hungers for news about iPhone 5. It can't let go of LTE, and new images of what the Next iPhone will look like again rear their Photoshopped pixels. Contemplating a quad-core mobile processor causes swooning.

Not to be outdone, GizmoCrunch has concept art and concept specs from another designer, Alexander Black.

"Hardware-wise, this iPhone 5 concept purportedly packs an A8 1.9GHz dual-core processor, 10-megapixel rear camera, 7-megapixel front camera, 4.5-inch Retina Display, a touchpad integrated at the back similar to the Sony PS Vita, 2100mAh battery and of course, iOS 5," gushes Steve Taylor.

"We can't even imagine just what a 1.9GHz dual-core iPhone 5 is capable of," he writes, clearly on the verge of swooning over an imagined phone with made-up specs created by a graphics designer.

iPhone 5 will have a quad-core processor

To be honest, we missed this rumor from last week. Living up to its name, MacRumors carried a story based on a story in Korea Times that Apple will shift from to TSMC instead of Samsung for production of the next-generation, Apple-designed A6 and A7 chips for future iOS devices.

But then it gets confusing because the MacRumors story goes on to say that Apple in fact is sticking with Samsung for the A6, a quad-core processor "to be used in the next iPhone." Citing an anonymous "executive from an Apple parts supplier based in Korea," MacRumors/Korea Times said Samsung "has been increasing the output of the Apple-designed A6 chips in its manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas."

Quad-core mobile chips are pretty rare at this point. Nvidia earlier this year demonstrated its "Kal-El" addition to its Tegra product line. And Qualcomm and Freescale also are both touting higher performing quad-core silicon, which can do things like support 3D graphics ... on a screen smaller than a slice of bread.

Life doesn't get better than that. Until we have six-core mobile processors.

Steve Jobs will not introduce the iPhone 5

Just in time for Halloween.

Given that he's dead, this would seem like a no-brainer. But there are now rumors that Jobs recorded a product introduction to either the Next iPhone or the Next iPad or both.

Forthrightly, if ghoulishly, Beatweek debunks any expectation that Jobs will introduce iPhone 5 from beyond the grave. "If Steve were to make a posthumous product introduction (again, we're not saying the idea sounds realistic, but rather merely addressing viability of the buzz we're hearing), it would be at Apple's next event -- and that'll be the iPad 3 event," writes the assured Bill Palmer.

Of course, if the idea sounded realistic, no one would be rumoring it; or explaining why it's not actually realistic after all.



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