After a brief spell of being inundated by iPad Mini rumors, the Apple gossip mill is back to looking at the big picture, and has some things to say about what we can expect from the iPhone 5′s hardware, as well as some news of forthcoming changes to the iPad 3.
When the iPad 3 first arrived, it also quietly marked the start of an iPad 2 refresh, outfitting the tablet with a new processor manufactured to be more power-efficient. Supposedly, Apple is planning some minor changes to the iPad 3, as well, for debut around this year’s holiday season. Instead of tweaking the SoC, Apple may be working to curb the iPad 3′s heat issues, making some changes to the tablet’s battery. This may also result in a small case redesign, but that part sounds a bit unlikely to us. Sources also claim that Apple will slightly enlarge the hole in the case for the main camera, but the company’s motivations for doing so are unclear.
As for the iPhone 5, Apple may be planning to use an SoC based heavily on Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad. Samsung makes the A4, A5, and A5X chips for Apple, so it’s certainly within the realm of possibilities that the next A-series processor could have its roots in the Exynos 4. We’re not sure how much Apple might be interested in changing, but existing A-series chips use PowerVR GPUs, while the Exynos has been employing the Mali-400 lately.
Both rumors are attributed by DigiTimes to unnamed “industry sources” which have been pretty hit-and-miss in the past. In light of that, we wouldn’t place a preponderance of faith in either one, but we’re willing to keep an open mind until more evidence arrives.