According to DigiTimes, which has a spotty track record at reporting Apple rumors, the next-generation iPhone will be powered by a quad-core ARM processor that makes use of Samsung’s Exynos 4 chip architecture.
Apple would likely refer to this new chip as the A6 processor, whereas the new iPad only features a modestly improved A5X processor.
Apple has yet to sell an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with a quad-core processor inside, with the most powerful device being the third-generation iPad with a dual-core processor and quad-core graphics chip.
Last October, Apple released the iPhone 4S with the Apple A5 chip, which is a dual-core processor clocked at 800 MHz. By releasing an iPhone with a quad-core processor, Apple could better compete with the number of quad-core smartphones that have been released by competitors such as Samsung, HTC and LG.
Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to be thinner with a larger 4-inch display, aluminum unibody chassis and smaller 19-pin dock connector. The home button is expected to remain a part of the new iPhone, which is said to have a centered FaceTime camera, redesigned speaker grills and relocated headphone jack at the bottom of the handset.
Moreover, it is also widely expected that Apple’s next iPhone will be compatible with LTE networks and could feature NFC for mobile payments. The new iPhone will likely be released next September or October alongside the public release of the iOS 6 software update.