Just as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S were given faster processors, it appears that the iPhone 5 will also get a faster processor. According to PatentlyApple.com, the iPhone 5, as well as the upcoming iPad 3, will be getting Apple’s brand new A6 processor. The A6 processor is said to be considerably faster than the A5 processor found in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
Patent Reveals Potential A6 Macroscalar Processor in iPhone 5
PatentlyApple.com is basing their iPhone 5 and iPad 3 claims on a trademark application submitted by Apple that was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office. The trademark application was submitted to protect the word “Macroscalar” from being used by Apple’s competitors. Apple didn’t just submit the trademark application in the US, though–they also submitted an identical one in Hong Kong.
It’s a bit unusual that Apple has allowed this trademark to be revealed to the general public. With previous iPhone and iPad releases, Apple has been very hush-hush about new features. In this case, though, it looks like Apple actually wants consumers and competitors alike to know that they are planning something big with the iPhone 5.
What Macroscalar Means For the iPhone 5
First, let’s look at the word macroscalar. A macroscalar processor generates contingent secondary instructions at compile time. What this means is that the next set of instructions are ready to execute whenever the previous set of instructions are completed.
In layman terms, this means that a macroscalar processor can quickly and efficiently process tasks. There isn’t a delay in processing because the processor is always prepared to execute the next task. If you look at the iPhone 4S, you may notice that there is a delay in opening an app, for instance. That delay won’t occur with a macroscalar iPhone 5 because the processor is always prepared for whatever the next task is.
Perhaps even more important is the fact that a macroscalar processor won’t use as much battery power as the A5 processor does. As you might have heard, some iPhone 4S users have complained about a shorter battery life in the 4S; in theory, this won’t happen with a macroscalar iPhone 5 because the macroscalar processor requires less power and also is more efficient with using the power that it consumes. So it’s likely that the iPhone 5 will have considerably better battery life because of the potential macroscalar processor.
Macroscalar is Not New
The idea of Apple using a macroscalar processor in their products is not a new one. According to PatentlyApple.com, Apple has been working on this specific processor since 2004. Along the way, they have encountered issues with getting the technology working correctly, which explains why the processor hasn’t been used yet. However, given this patent release, it appears that Apple finally has the processor ready for use in the iPhone 5.
Let’s be clear that if the macroscalar processor is as good and efficient as Apple plans it to be, it could be a game changer. The idea of a processor being both extremely powerful and battery efficient is very intriguing for smartphone users and potential iPhone 5 buyers. We’ve already seen some powerful processors in the past in the iPhone 4S and Android smartphones; however, all of these devices have suffered from one fault: they’re a big drain on the battery. That’s something that the macroscalar processor in the iPhone 5 should change.
What Do You Think?
How useful would you find a more powerful and more battery efficient iPhone 5 to be? Do you think Apple will succeed in creating a processor that is both efficient and powerful? Give us your opinion on the possible A6 iPhone 5.
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