Originally Posted by poiboy005
Aloha AppleInsider forums. First post here, but I wanted to just make an observation on all this iphone 4s vs. iphone 5 rumors.
From a business standpoint, what would compel apple to ship an iphone 4s with an A5 processor, while also shipping an iphone 5 with the same?
Good question. There are a couple of reasons but the big one is commonality of parts which can be a hug pay off for high volumes that Apple budgets for.
If the iphone 4s model is supposed to be a "budget" handset, I really can't see them putting anything other than an A4 processor in it. It would really handicap the flagship if the budget phone ships with the same processor.
This is a ridiculous notion. A5 can be ran at a number of clock rates, and if Apple has managed to shrink the die even more clock rates are possible. So iPhone Apple could also distinguish the phones by included RAM or other features.
The really bad news is that if there really is an iphone 4s with an A5 processor, I doubt we're seeing an iphone 5 until next year.
You are reading this the wrong way, this is fantastic news. It means you get the benefits of dual cores, amongst other benefits, in a low cost iPhone. This means you have a platform that should drive iOS 5 really well.
I REALLY HOPE I AM WRONG ON THIS. It's like betting on Mayweather, and hoping Ortiz wins. Haha.
What do you folks think?
I think you are viewing this rumor in the wrong way. having an entry level iPhone with a high performance processor would be very damaging to the competition. Further more it wouldn't impact iPhone 5 sales anymore the the sale of the GS impacts iPhone 4 sales.