After months of speculation Apple have finally unveiled their new iPad 3, the third tablet device developed by the company. One of the attractions of this new unit is the excellent A5X processor but it seems that this impressive chip may not be used on the iPhone 5 as many of us expected.
The new A5X chip was announced on the 7th March 2012 with claims that it is four times faster at graphic processing than the quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip. There are claims however that this new chip is not ideal for smartphone use and is therefore unlikely to be used in the new iPhone 5. Smartphone consumers tend to place more value on the battery performance of a device rather than its graphics capabilities. For this reason Apple are likely to opt for a more power efficient alternative for use in their new smartphone. The excellent graphics processing available on the A5X is not required on the new iPhone because the pixel density is lower on the larger screened iPad devices and therefore extra processing is required in order to maintain an excellent quality of image. It is more likely that Apple will chose to utilise a more efficient 28nm chip design rather than the 40nm variety that is used on the current iPhone 4S.
Whatever chipset is used in the new iPhone 5 there is no doubt that the model will become one of the smartphone successes of 2012. There is no doubt that battery life on this new model will be improved after the well documented problems that the iPhone 4S has encountered in this area. The new processor will help by placing less demand on the battery capacity that is available. This new mobile device is likely to feature NFC technology for the first time. This new short range wireless technology will enable consumers to pay for products with the device by storing debit card information on the phone. NFC also has a number of other uses including the easy transfer of media and interaction with NFC tags to automatically alter the settings on the phone. It looks likely that Apple will continue with the use of a glass body on this new phone but we can expect a brand new design along with a much slimmer profile thanks to the use of the new Gorilla Glass 2 which is thinner than the first generation of the material.
Only time will tell whether Apple will chose to use the new A5X chip in the iPhone 5 but it does seem likely that the developers will explore the use of an alternative chip which offers more in the way of power efficiency. When this model is launched later in 2012 we can expect to see a striking new design along with some excellent features such as NFC.
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