iPhone 5 going dual-core, 1GB of RAM, with advanced Assistant feature?

iPhone 5 going dual-core, 1GB of RAM, with advanced Assistant feature?

Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac has posted a great write-up on what his usually very good sources have told him we can expect in the upcoming iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 hardware and software. In short:

  • Apple A5 dual-core SoC (like iPad 2)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, backlit sensor
  • Qualcomm Gobi Baseband
  • Siri-based Assistant that replaces the old, limited Voice Control, and tied into Wolfram Alpha and Find my Friend
  • Nuance-based Dictation for voice-to-text

One of the big questions remains whether it will be in the same/similar iPhone 4 casing or in a redesigned, bigger screen, all new casing. TiPb has independently heard that we shouldn't get our hopes up for a redesign this year, but with Apple we won't know for sure until we see it.

Assistant sounds like the killer feature for iPhone 4S/iPhone 5, with the ability to handle natural voice input and hold a conversation to parse complex tasks like setting up appointments, informing invitees, finding friends, etc. (Unfortunately, it still can't actualize "Tea. Early Grey. Hot." but it's getting close...)

Check out Mark's complete write up for a lot more details, linked below.

Source: 9to5Mac

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iPhone 5 going dual-core, 1GB of RAM, with advanced Assistant feature?


Yes, very nice. Like Cpt. Picard's 'Earl Grey'. Much nicer than the rarely tasted 'Early Grey'. Mark in Cali

I am drooling over the memory. One of my biggest complaints about the iPhone 4 is that it cannot keep more than 1 or 2 high-quality websites in memory and it usually forces reloads when switching between them. 1GB is double what the iPhone 4 has and will help immensely (hopefully). Its possible that the new features of iOS will take up the memory too though - hope not.

I suppose this would be a good way to determine if people actually -want- to talk to their phones instead of tapping on them. I'm not so sure.

I would much rather have an Android like Chris the troll likes. I need android that crashes, runs slower, and is infected with viruses. Android central is right around the corner douche.

Not true. Voice actions on Android in public or riding in my truck w/ music playing [not blasting but at a moderate level] works perfectly fine.

You said "Assistant sounds like the killer feature for iPhone 4S/iPhone 5", but...isn't that a feature of iOS 5 that you'll be able to get on the current iPhone? So...it's not much of a selling point for the new hardware if you can just update the OS on your current phone...right?

Yeah... doesn't make sense reading Rene's snippet but if you read the source article, the guy says that "Assistant" will only be available on the new iPhone(s).

Ahhh that's what I get for being lazy and not reading from the source haha. Thanks for clearing that up (though I'm pretty disappointed about that...)

Thats cool your droid inc 2 is what you call "faster" than an iPhone 4 and it should be. Since the the iPhone has been out over a year and the inc 2 has only been out a few months

if there is no bigger screen then why would anyone upgrade from an iphone 4. That'll be a deal breaker for me. Under the hood specs matter, but c'mon. Its time for 4"

@David Porter
See that's the problem with Baalpredator making blanket statements. It starts these comparisons and corrections for incorrect statements but the context is off [in this case, release dates].

People seem to forget that the iphone 4 is 15 months old, why do you compare specs with current smartphones instead of what it was released with? Despite that it still runs better than almost any Android phone...not to mention the ip4 HAS 512mb RAM...which was very competitive when it was released. The original Galaxy S phones only had 340mb of usable RAM.

I just had a vision. iPhone 5 with larger screen but it'll be an odd size like 3.901" or 4.125" or similar. That will allow for iOS 5 to equally stretch out current apps to fit the larger screen. Similar to how non retina apps worked on the iPhone 4. Thereby reducing fragmentation. Bet!

gotta love when people come on here and say their android devices never crash. i work for vzw and ive seen more dinc 2s come back in with issues than any other newly released android device. yeah the iphone is not perfect but it is dam close. i have had 2 droid devices and both were rooted with all the carrier and manufacturer bloatware removed running some nice roms and guess what? still had the occasional hiccup, freeze up and battery pull.. android is a great os and you can do a lot as far as customizing your devices and the free apps are great but i love the reliability and simplicity that the iphone brings. but thats me. But anyone who has ever owned an android device will tell you that it will have its hiccups more than not. so please with the "MY droid has NEVER crashed".. i calll your bullshit. thanks

ill be understanding but upset if the iPhone 4 doesn't get the assistant feature. also.. its time for a 4 inch screen i'd rather have 5 tho lol