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Apple Provides 'iPhone 4S' Devices to Gaming Developers for A5 Testing?

Apple Provides 'iPhone 4S' Devices to Gaming Developers for A5 Testing?

Posted April 21, 2011 at 2:19pm by iClarified · 15968 views
Apple is reportedly providing select gaming developers with an 'iPhone 4S' device which uses the A5 processor, according to a 9to5Mac report.

They already have select developers working on versions of their iPhone applications that take full advantage of the next-generation iPhone’s speedier and much more powerful hardware. These developers, seemingly from high-level gaming outfits, have been given what is essentially an iPhone 4 but with an A5 processor instead of an A4. The device itself is virtually identical to the iPhone 4, and there is no way anyone can tell it’s not an iPhone 4 based on the phone’s exterior.

The person who chose to share this information with us calls it the ‘iPhone 4S’, though the device itself only has typical Apple prototype nomenclature. He also shared that the device spends its evenings in a safe in the company’s offices.


9to5Mac notes that these devices are not necessarily previews of the next generation iPhone except for the A5 processor which is basically a given now that the iPad 2 has been released. This does however indicate that Apple realizes how important gaming is to the platform and is taking steps to make sure iOS gaming excels.

The 'iPhone 4S' is reportedly using a modified version of iOS 4 that supports the faster processor.

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Billiam
Billiam - April 21, 2011 at 3:47pm
As much as I hope this to be the case, I'm not sure I'm completely convinced. All this "contact" has said is that he has an iPhone that looks identical to an iPhone4 and the only difference is the processor. Give me a video of the supposed "modified OS" and I think everyone would take this much more seriously.
Oliver
Oliver - April 21, 2011 at 2:25pm
I'm glad Apple is not releasing a full blown iPhone 5 but rather like a 3GS but it's for 4 Generation iPhone. I need a break from buying and keeping with Apple's new releases.
Donnie
Donnie - April 21, 2011 at 4:31pm
I'm so relieved you aren't feeling the pressure to voluntarily purchase a new product despite your current product functioning perfectly fine. Just because Apple releases a new product every year doesn't mean you are forced to upgrade. The pressure you apparently feel you're under is self-imposed and pathetic. First world problem!
dancj
dancj - April 22, 2011 at 5:09am
Yeah, I'm inclined to agree. I on that other hand have a 3gs still and was hoping the iPhone 5 would be something special to make it worth my money to upgrade. If it's just a spec boost I'm inclined to wait for the iPhone 6.
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