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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Dec. 31

John Cox | Jan. 4, 2012
The holiday season brought a stuffed stocking of iPhone 5 rumors to the iOSsphere, closing out 2011 with a whimper of joyful speculation.

Despite the fact that Geller cites only one "close source," other tech sites, like iPhoneFAQ, arbitrarily expanded this to "sources." Much more authoritative.

iPhone 5 will have quad-core A6 chip because iPad 3 will have it

"A6 CPU For iPhone 5 Looking More Likely, But Probably Not Till Fall 2012," is the headline for Charles Moore's speculation at The iPhone 5 News Blog.

Moore says he's "been of a mind" that Apple would introduce the quad-core A6 processor first on the iPad and then on later iPhone models. "However, I may have been mistaken about that," he now admits.

He references a DigiTimes story, which cites the usual anonymous sources among Apple's supply chain partners to the effect that the next iPad models due in 2012 will use the Apple-designed quad-core A6 processor for the first time. Currently, iPad 2, and iPhone 4S, use the dual-core A5.

"And if the iPad 3 does indeed turn out to be powered by A6 silicon, it will be a strong indicator that the iPhone 5 will be likewise equipped," Moore claims. Yet nowhere in his post does he explain why it would be an indicator.

His assumption seems to be simply that the iPad 2, released in March 2011, first used the dual-core A5 chip, which was then introduced six months later in the iPhone 4S, and this sets the "pattern" of Apple's CPU introductions.

A quad-core CPU, a larger, higher-resolution screen, and support for LTE are all touted as desirable in iPhone 5, if not absolutely essential to stave off the Android onslaught of phones that currently offer such features.

Yet all three features require more power, which can dramatically reduce battery life. Apple doesn't like to reduce battery life, even a little.

iPhone 5 will be delayed because of Verizon's LTE network problems

Like a magician, David Magee at International Business Times pulled this rumor whole from his hat. Let's call it "LTEgate."

The somewhat confusing and confused opening sentence of the post reads: "Apple's highly-anticipated iPhone 5 is expected to be released in 2012 with a radical new design and new features including LTE 4G capability may get delayed due to problems Verizon is having with its network."

So the iPhone is expected to be released in 2012 but whenever it's released it will be later than planned because of the Verizon network problems.

Magee bases this speculation on Kevin Fitchard's GigaOM interview with Verizon Wireless' vice president of network engineering, Mike Haberman, who talked about the carrier's LTE "growing pains," including a trio of outages and disruptions during December.

None of those approached the magnitude of last April's software bug in Verizon's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS, the replacement for the older signaling architectures), which crippled LTE service nationwide.

 

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