Next iPhone will be much faster, report says

A Fox News anchor, citing sources, says the device's new processor chip will lead to major improvements in speed.

By Kim Peterson Aug 26, 2013 12:49PM
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Caption: Apple iPhone 5Speculation about a new iPhone ramps up every year around this time, as predictable as back-to-school shopping and that first whiff of fall in the air.

But this year has seen something a little different: A tweet from a Fox News anchor about a new component for the phone is fueling excitement about its potential speed. Clayton Morris referenced a new 64-bit A7 processor as a possibility for the new device.

"Sources are telling me the new iPhone's A7 chip is running at about 31% faster than A6," he wrote. "I'm hearing it's very fast."

That's led to speculation that the next iPhone, thought to be called the iPhone 5S, could run 31% faster than the previous model, the iPhone 5 (pictured). Apple (AAPL) is expected to unveil its new phones on Sept. 10.

A website focused on Apple, 9to5 Mac, also weighs in, with writer Mark Gurman saying he has heard that Apple is testing 64-bit processors in some of its internal prototypes. But there's a huge leap from testing to implementation, and we don't know for sure if the move to 64-bit processing will come this year.

Here are some other iPhone rumors that tech blogs have been puzzling out recently:

Color. The new device might come in four colors: black, white, grey and a champagne tint.

IPhone 'C'. Apple may be developing a low-end version of its iPhone in addition to the top-of-the-line iPhone 5S. The low-cost, plastic-backed phone, called iPhone "C" by some, may be designed to boost sales in China and other emerging markets.

Fingerprint sensor. Apple acquired a fingerprint sensor company last year called AuthenTec, naturally leading to speculation that the next iPhone will have a scanner for heightened security.

Camera. The new phone may have a larger aperture, which allows for more light and better image quality, and a better flash.

Storage. The phone might have a 128GB flash storage chip, which seems like a lot for a phone. But for some power users, the iPhone has become a de facto computer, so for them that level of storage makes sense.

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Aug 26, 2013 1:34PM
Wow so now I can shave 1.5 seconds worth of phone time from my regular day?  Give me a break. 
Aug 26, 2013 3:46PM
I don't see BATTERY on that list. Gold? Pfft. Ugly.
Improve the battery
Aug 26, 2013 4:02PM
I think the new Iphone should come loaded with pictures of the Chinese children who make them..
Aug 26, 2013 4:25PM
This just in. Who gives a sh*t. Survey says, only dipsh*ts.
Aug 26, 2013 4:59PM
My Windows phone, a Nokia 1020 is fast.   its so fast I have to talk fast to keep up with it on calls.   And dang what a camera!  
Aug 26, 2013 5:35PM
Hey Geniuses... If you don't change that screen size, or increase your photo/video potential, this ship is sunk!! "Jobs" made this company!
I just bought a phone and it was obsolete before I left the store !!!
Aug 26, 2013 1:53PM
Another assault on the "phone junkies", tempting to pry more money out of them for additional phone features that no-one really needs. Isn't it interesting, how a major corporation can maximize profits through globalization, by rolling out product after product that are already obsolete, as replacement products are already designed for future roll-outs. With the physical issues of cell-phone usage being questioned, and the privacy matters too, I remember the words my dad told me over 50 years ago, when he said, "Get off the phone" !!!
Aug 27, 2013 2:36AM
I'm sure it will be faster...but can it do true split-screen multitasking like the new Samsung??  I've been an apple advocate for years but looking at some of the competitors - they are doing some pretty innovative stuff right now.
Aug 26, 2013 7:53PM
If you don't like it, buy yourself a Jitterbug, a pencil and a pad of paper and STFU.
Aug 26, 2013 6:12PM
Wait, hold the presses!  Apple, a major manufacturer of electronic devices is going to produce a faster electronic device?  Electronics manufacturers never do that!  Ever!

Must be a slow news day.
Aug 26, 2013 10:51PM

Typical Apple hype to be absorbed by the Apple worshipers. The regular phone user sees nothing new, nothing to compete with the innovations going on with other smartphone makers.


Processors that fast have been in phones awhile now, wake up Apple. 2007 is behind us now.

Aug 26, 2013 7:22PM
Speculations!  Just that!  Advertise it to death Apple.  Everyone will line it for it again.  
Aug 27, 2013 9:12AM
This is so routine now. It's almost a non-event.
It's funny , I've noticed my battery on my 4 is almost dead , just about the time the new phone debuts. Planned obsolescnce ? I think so . . .
Aug 27, 2013 11:17AM
Aug 27, 2013 12:47PM

Of course, this article only focuses on one element that's expected in the new iPhone and other than speculation, none of us will know the full feature list until Apple shows it off next month.


With that said, I sincerely hope that they have more in store for its user base besides a faster CPU and a new color. Apple was once an industry leader in technology but the whole world has matured way beyond what Apple is churning out these days. They come out with a new design every 24 months while the competition does that every four months. Personally, when I see people with iPhone's these days, I almost feel sad for them. Like... lemmings all heading for the cliff. You want to tell them to stop, but you know it's already too late.

Aug 27, 2013 10:57AM
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