iPhone 5 Gets Faster Macroscalar A6 Processor?

February 8, 2012

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.

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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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

carlos February 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

please make the screen of the iphone 5 very hard impossible to break, so it will be awesome and every one from other users of phones will go to apple .


Linda McFarland February 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Well I am on the fence about upgrading…. never had a android or apple phone…… Since I don"t know which is better! Some people tell me android, some say apple, they say because android has more apps then apple….. and you have to pay for apples….. you can do more on android 4g….. I am very confused!


CeCe February 10, 2012 at 3:45 am

Wait for the Iphone 5, and andriod isnt all that great I know from experience. There are tons of apps on apple and you will also have to pay for apps on android also


santos February 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

i am a gadget guy, had this confusion last year, but made a mistake by owning samsung galaxy tab and a phone, which i brought last year with all hopes of having fun time using them both . trust me they arent good. go for I phone, it has everything good and meet ones standard.


Leah Grace February 11, 2012 at 6:40 am

Is iphone 5 and ipad3 capable of ADOBE FLASH PLAYER NOW??? And is SIRI
well educated enough???


@roCkerChick February 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

everyone is actually moving away from Flash and to HTML5. So that will be less and less of a problem. Conversions started last year.


kaitherine February 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Realy i am waiting for iPhone 5. But i suggest you please make it display screen more.


ibuzonebob February 16, 2012 at 2:12 am

A faster CPU is needed. Hope it can give us a big suprise like iPhone 4s's Siri.


Leizkhgenzer February 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Can't wait for the iPhone5.


karlkk February 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

pic is just a ipod touch


Yahya February 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Please can we get the actual date I wana bye it even if it's 10000 $


@roCkerChick February 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I have an Android. I've had 2 androids since I left my iphone 3G. I miss my iphone like crazy. I would like a bigger screen and yes I'd like 4GLTE but Sprint (my carrier) has not moved to it completely it's not a big deal for me right now. Would I still get the iphone 5 without LTE? maybe. I don't want to be forced into another 2 year contract with an Android. While there are some cool open features, like the ability to Bluetooth things with other phones and other platforms, downloading music from other sources, widgets and customizable phone books and text messages, they are not that important in the grand scheme of things. I'm considering getting a standalone GPS for the sake of my battery and being able to get where I'm going without bricking my ability to talk and navigate. It used to work just fine for me.
I'm considering keeping my android around as a music player. It has 32Gigs if I wipe the software clean and space won't really be an issue. This is another way for me to use my iphone as a phone and PDA and save on batter life. I know it's cool to have all in one gadgets but for the love of battery life, I am tired of keeping my android plugged in. I literally plug it in all day at work. I never used to have to do that with my iPhone. I have tons of software issues with the android and all they know to do is wipe your phone clean. I look forward to dealing with Geniuses at Apple again instead of the know nothings at the Sprint stores.


Tin February 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

I want iphone to be quad core because android are all quad core in 2012 ex: LGx3 Motorola ect.


yaseer February 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

nice phone but cant release this what is reason for that?


charan February 25, 2012 at 5:16 am

i like the iphone5 and i will surely take it but it is very costly but also an awesooooooooooooome phone i hope it makes a goood profit all over the world.


Bella D'Am February 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

havent seen anything like it might get one wen it comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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