According to a report by DigiTimes, there is a high probability that Apple will use a dual-core processor in the next-generation iPhone.
DigiTimes explains that dual-core processors are being developed across the mobile device industry due to new graphic intensive applications and games, and higher-resolution displays.
The chance is also high for Apple, RIM and Sony Ericsson to roll out dual-core smartphones soon, added the sources.
The requirement for stronger capability to manage multimedia functionality including 3D games and HD video has pushed handset vendors to develop dual-core processors, the sources asserted.
This summer 2011, Apple is likely to launch the iPhone 5 with an updated A4 chip. Rumors point to this updated chip being called the A5. In the past, Samsung has partnered with Apple to manufacture the processors in iOS devices, such as the A4.
Recent reports point to updated processors coming from Samsung next month, such as the Orion Dual Core processor. Noting the Apple-Samsung relationship, this processor could be the A5 in the next-generation iPhone.