Rumor Roundup: iPad 2, iPhone 5 and Apple TV


Wow, The web is a buzzin’ this week with lots of iRumors!  Here’s the best stuff from the best sources!

Apple Insider is reporting via Apple Daily that the next generation “iPhone 5″ will feature a new processor from Qualcomm.  The speedier chipset will be named the A8.  My personal speculation is that the A8 could actually be a dual core version of the A4.  They also report the iPhone 5 will include baseband technology from Qualcomm.

Engadget is reporting that the iPad 2 will ship around April and will offer a thinner form factor.  The iPad 2 screen will sport a “super high resolution” 10 inch screen screen and will offer both front and rear cameras.  It will also likely include an SD slot.   They also claim it will include a dual mode GSM/CDMA chip produced by Qualcomm.

Engadget’s sources also share a few details on the iPhone 5.  They claim that it will be “a completely redesigned handset” and will launch during the Summer.  It is currently being tested on Apple’s campus (not at a Cupertino Irish pub).

They report the iPhone 5 will run on a new blazing fast A5 CPU.  The chipset will be made by Qualcomm and will handle CDMA, GSM and UMTS.  They report there is no LTE integration as of yet.

Finally, the little birdie also told Engadget the Apple TV is ramping up an update.  It too will will offer the A5 processor.  They say the new Apple TV is easily capable of outputting 1080P video.

As Techni Glee! reported earlier in the week: iOS 4.3 was seeded to developers this week.  The release includes advanced multitouch gestures for the iPad.

You will soon be able to:  1) Pinch all fingers together to return to the home screen.  2) Swipe four or five fingers up to view your open apps or swipe down to hide them.  3) Swipe left or right with four or five fingers to toggle between open apps without opening the multitasking bar.

BGR claims confirmation that these gestures were added in preparation for a home button free iPad 2 and next generation iPhone.

“We have exclusively been told that the reason Apple just added multitouch gestures for the iPad in the latest iOS 4.3 beta is because the iPad will be losing the home button. Yes, we are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPad’s design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multitouch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher.

That’s not all, however. In addition to the home button disappearing from the iPad, we’re told that this change will make its way over to the iPhone as well. Our source said Apple employees are already testing iPads and iPhones with no home buttons on the Apple campus, and it’s possible we will see this new change materialize with the next-generation iPad and iPhone devices set to launch this year.”

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2 Responses to Rumor Roundup: iPad 2, iPhone 5 and Apple TV

  1. Henry says:

    If true, this will give the iPad some much needed horsepower to compete with the latest Android tablets.For now, I still prefer the Xoom though… even with the beefed up specs, Android 3.0′s UI still looks extremely more polished!

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