For months now it is rumored that Apple is preparing to launch a cheaper iPhone that would be available at a price of not exceeding $250 in the U.S. Since the terminal might interest many users today we find from Digitimes that the cheaper iPhone would have a 4 inch screen, A6 chip, plastic case that it should be presented at WWDC 2013 and released shortly after the event. Apple should prepare an initial stock of 2.5 – 3 million units to test the market, and if demand is high, production would increase.
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Rumors concerning the launch of a low-cost iPhone have intensified in recent months, the device is expected to be launched later this year. So far nobody knows anything about it, besides the fact that it would have a plastic cover, but today we learn that it could use a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. Apple would be interested to use the SoC’s from Qualcomm that is produced using 28nm fabrication process, but just a cheap iPhone, other iPhones will have implemented chips from the A series.
Previously, we have covered an article stating that the iPad Mini already had a working failbreak (needing a developer account to jailbreak). However, it seems that the same goes with the iPad 4 as well. The latest iPad had Cydia installed and the screenshot was taken by Grant Paul aka chpwn. It doesn’t look much different than the way things work with the iPad 3 but that is probably because the difference is on the hardware instead.
Based on the screenshot chpwn gave, it seems that the iPad 4 that he had failbreak is powered with the recently released iOS 6.0.1 operating system that was launched last week. However, the method of failbreaking the iPad was not released as not many people would have access to a developer account. Thus, as far as the untethered jailbreak is concerned, it will still take some time before that happens.
The iPad 4 is currently powered with the Apple A6X chip which is another variant of the Apple A6 chip present on the iPhone 5. It is much faster as compared with the iPad 3 and has a tremendously high score at its Geekbench result. In fact, as compared with any other devices in the market, nothing beats the performance of the Apple iPad 4.
Contrary to the expectations of all users, Apple presented this evening the fourth generation of the iPad tablet, designed by the company with changes mainly related to its internal structure and not by design. The new tablet contains a processor that doubles both A6X performance processing and graphics performance, it comes with a Lightning dock, a camera FaceTime HD, a faster Wi-Fi chip, more compatible with 4G LTE networks already incurred by iPhone 5, an autonomy of 10 hours and you already know the remaining functions.
The new A6X chip inside iPad is our most powerful mobile chip yet. It delivers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip. And it makes iPad feel faster and even more responsive. Apps launch instantly and run smoothly. Graphics-intensivegames are fluid and lifelike on the gorgeous Retina display. And with improved image signal processing built into the A6X chip, the photos and videos you take with the5-megapixel iSight camera look sharper and even more Retina worthy.is ipad 4 faster
Geekbench is one of the many respected benchmarking applications for mobile devices. The earlier version of Geekbench had reported that the iPhone 5 A6 processor was run by a 1.02 GHz ARMv7 architecture along with 1GB worth of RAM. However, a new version of it was released in the App Store called the Geekbench 2. With it came updated information about the A6 processor and it looked much better than the result received before.
The A6 processor was stated by Geekbench 2 to be powered by a 1.3 GHz processor instead of the aforementioned 1.02GHz. This was stated after repeated test through the application. The big change in numbers was due to a “dramatically improved processor frequency detection algorithm”.
Besides the aforementioned frequency speed discovered through Geekbench, there were also a few things known about the A6 processor too. The A6 processor contained two physical cores along with a triple-core graphics processing unit. As compared with other smartphones in the market, the iPhone 5 was also said to be the fastest amongst the rest. This was after comparing different smartphones on a same benchmarking test. With this being said and done, Apple had certainly done some good things about the iPhone 5.
Not many things have been known about the A6 processor which powers the iPhone 5. There were a few speculations but that is just about it. That is why the team at Chipworks and iFixit decided to do a microscope-level inspection to the processor. Their findings proved to be interesting for many considering that the Apple A6 is still a dual-core processor instead of the quad-core that people had expected it to be.