What iPad Parts Will Crossover to the Next iPhone?

As predicted by pretty much everyone, Apple held an event on March 7th, and it was to announce the new iPad, complete with its Retina display and all sorts of other fancy tools. As seems to be the case with the iPad, whatever we find inside could make its way into the next iPhone.

So now, let’s take a look at what the iPad has presently, and what we think will make its way into the next iPhone. Spoiler: not everything will make the crossover. 

4G LTE

Let’s start with the biggie, and hit it right off the head. The new iPads have a 4G LTE option, which allows it to access the Internet at super fast speeds previously only seen by Speedy Gonzales and my father after eating a spicy meal. Does it come to the iPhone?

Those are waves of power right there.

Those are waves of power right there.

Conventional wisdom says yes, and I certainly hope that’s the case. The real issue here is battery power, but they seem to have worked out part of it with the latest iPad. The iPad 2 has a 25-watt-hour battery, while the new model has a 42.5 watt-hour battery. Yes, there’s a little bit of additional thickness, but I’d trade a millimeter or two for LTE in the iPhone, wouldn’t you?

If this does happen, it puts the iPhone on par with every other Android phone out there that sports the same connection speeds. I see a lot of people in the US moving from AT&T to Verizon if it does come to fruition, because Verizon seems to have better coverage overall.

A5X Processor

So does the venerable A5X processor make the cut to the iPhone? I’m going to say no.

Really? No A5X for the iPhone?

Really? No A5X for the iPhone?

Apple says this about the A5X processor on its iPad page:

The Retina display on the new iPad wouldn’t be possible without the new and powerful A5X chip. It drives power to every one of the 3.1 million pixels in the display. And its quad-core graphics processing makes everything you do on iPad feel incredibly responsive.

Now the iPhone already sports Retina display and is super fast to boot. But does it need quad-core graphics processing? The gearhead in me says yes, but unless there’s an improvement to the display, I just don’t see it being necessary. I do think that there will be an upgraded processor in some form, but I’d push more towards a quad-core CPU than GPU; it just makes more sense in the case of the iPhone.

1080P Display

Whether you call it a Retina display or not, fact is the iPhone 4S displays at a 960X640 resolution, which is a far cry from the iPad’s whopping 2048X1536. To get up to a 1080P-capable ratio while still keeping the current ratio that all iPhone apps use today, my math says that the iPhone has to double what’s in there right now. That’s doubling the Retina display so it puts out at 1920X1280 resolution, and that would be really impressive.

Also impressive — rocks.

Also impressive — rocks.

The argument for it happening is pretty apparent. To keep things uniform across the product line, Apple can say that all iOS devices are 1080P capable, making them all able to play the new 1080P videos in the iTunes store. Makes sense to me. Problem is, I’m not an engineer; I just don’t know if it’s technically possible.

If this were to happen — and I really don’t think it will for this next iPhone — then I think that the A5X processor does become a viable option if there isn’t something more powerful available at that point. But my money is on there not being a better display on the next iPhone.

Man, do I hope I’m wrong.

Better Cameras

Upgrading the cameras in the iPad was a no brainer, even though they still didn’t bump it up to the 8-megapixel model that the 4S sports. I don’t expect to see either of the cameras from the iPad make it into the next iPhone (they would both be downgrades, it seems), but I do expect there to be a camera upgrade of some kind.

Why? Status quo, really. I can’t remember a time when the latest iPhone didn’t have the best lens, so that’s my guess.

Summation

The iPad broke the mold for its genre, but I don’t think many of its parts will cross over to the iPhone. No, this time my money says that the next iPhone will be a new design from the ground up and may only share one or two key things with its larger sibling, and even those may only be in name. Do I know for sure? Of course not, no one does right now.

But it sure is fun to speculate sometimes, am I right?

What do you think the new iPhone will have in common with the new iPad? Let us know in the comments.


  • nyan

    the iphone 4 and 4s retina display has a pixel density of 326ppi.
    at that pixel density, the pixels won’t be visible to the naked eye anymore.
    so, i’m guessingm the won’t be a higher resolution display for the iphone.
    unless they increase the actual screen size.

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