Report: Apple Testing 1GB iPhone--New iPod, Too? - InformationWeek
Mobile // Mobile Devices
01:29 PM
Jacob Lopez
Jacob Lopez

Report: Apple Testing 1GB iPhone--New iPod, Too?

iPhone rumors du jour: a new iPhone with 1GB of RAM and an iPad-like graphics processor, and a new iPod Touch probably on the way.

Apple is said to be testing a prototype iPhone loaded with 1GB of RAM. According to 9to5Mac, Apple currently is using the prototype internally cloaked in a shell designed to look like an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to prevent leaks about the new design.

One gigabyte of RAM is on par with most current smartphones, and is the same amount of RAM the new iPad is equipped with.

The prototype also is rumored to house a variation of the A5X chip found in the latest iPad. In fact, it's said that the purpose of the prototype is to test the processor in a handset. As 9to5Mac points out, the A5X is designed for graphics. It helps power the Retina display, which is four times the resolution of the previous iPad models and requires the extra processing power to properly handle the high-fidelity graphics.

Also said to be in the works is a new iPod Touch. The device didn't get anything other than a color update in 2011, but it's reported that the portable media player might see a revision as well. This rumor comes from an internal document referencing a device called iPod 5.1. The current model is internally labeled as iPod 4.1. The jump from 4 to 5 indicates a significant upgrade to the device rather than just a simple palette swap.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple intends to keep developing the iPod Touch because the App Store and iOS as a gaming platform have seen tremendous growth in recent years. The graphics processing of the A5X chip would likely be a good match for such a popular gaming device.

The new devices are expected to arrive some time this year, but no date has been officially set. In 2011, Apple broke its usual trend of introducing a new iPhone mid-summer and a new iPod line in the fall by making both their iPod and iPhone announcements on October 4.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll