Originally Posted by trumptman
You know, this is one of those assumptions that I have kept reading out there, but it is one that needs to be blown up for the sake of honesty.
It is clear after seeing a few videos in which the 3GS, 4 and iPad were all featured that the A4 in the iPhone 4 IS NOT running at 1 ghz as it is in the iPad. There have been several charts I've seen generated where it is claimed this is so and people were willing to presume it because Apple made it happen in the iPad so why not the iPhone of course.
Except clearly they haven't. Based off the comparisons I've seen between the three, I'd put the A4 in the iPhone at around 800 mhz.
I see this as troubling for a couple reasons. One, outside of the nonsensical realm of trying excessively hard to differentiate product categories, there is no reason to have the slower processor in the iPhone 4. Secondly, if Apple follows prior precedent, this is what we are getting for the year folks. Finally in videos I have seen already comparing the 1ghz snapdragon chip and the iPhone 4, the iPhone is just smidgen slower. This is from phones like the EVO and DroidX that are still running 2.1 when it is clear 2.2 will be even faster and available soon.
Yes, I know the standard retorts.. app store, iTunes, total package, no one would give up their preferred platform over microseconds difference, etc.. Hello it's a thread bout hardware features dang it.
However the deeper issue with regard to this is the fact that Android and the other hardware folks slapping it into all their phones aren't going to wait a year. If there is a dual core 1.2 snapdragon chip available in November, you're going to have it in your hand in January, not June.
We all understand megapixels, isn't the only consideration, mhz or even ghz isn't the only true comparison of phone speed, it's all about the apps baby, etc. However to me like although the iPhone 4 is great and better than anything else out there right now, this will be the year that is only true for four months and that is troubling. We've seen Android advancing and for the first couple attempts, you could see Apple's next gen product easily rebutting what was put out there. 2010 was the first year we spent several months noting the 3GS and saying, just wait til June.
What are we going to do if it is October, and we are standing around saying, just wait until next June.