The iPhone 5 could be twice as powerful as the iPhone 4S, rumours suggest, as speculation about Apple’s plans for its next smartphone begins in earnest.
According to industry sources familiar with matters, Samsung is negotiating with the Cupertino-based tech giant for A6 quad-core chips to be used in the next iPhone.
In anticipation of the processors, which were designed by Apple, featuring in the next-gen handset, Samsung is said to be boosting production at its factory in Texas in time for a June launch.
The news comes as something of a surprise given the increasingly acriminous ongoing legal spat involving the two companies over the extent to which their devices borrow features and designs from each other.
However, according to Korea Times’ tech deepthroats, Apple still sees Samsung as a key manufacturing partner, suggesting that the courtroom contretemps hasn’t soured their formerly convivial relationship as much as some would like to think.
An insider told the site: “Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone.
"It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner.”
An A6 processor would mean that the iPhone 5 has twice as much brawn under the hood as the current-gen version of the device, which is powered by the same dual-core A5 chipset as the iPad 2.