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Apple Allegedly Testing New Quad Core CPU iPhone with 720p, 16:9 Display

With the release of the iPhone 4S, it is about time that we start getting rumors regarding the next iteration of Apple's smartphone. With each new iPhone, hardware upgrades for the processor and GPU are expected. But based on a report today, Apple is allegedly testing an iPhone device with bizarre resolutions indicating that it could be a radically redesigned iPhone.

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The rumor actually came from a German Mac blog, Macerkopf which actually has two rumors for us. The blog claims to have information from two sources which told them that Apple is currently testing a number of configurations for the upcoming 2012 iPhone. First part of the rumor indicates that the Cupertino company is currently testing two CPU varieties of the device, a dual core iPhone and quad core handset. This one somehow makes sense, especially when Android keeps putting out smartphones with ever increasing CPU clock speed.

The second rumor however is somehow too far-fetched as much as it sounds weird. What's weird about the iPhones that are being tested are their resolutions. On one device, the resolution is much like the current iPhone standard Retina Display which is 960 x 640 resolution. But what's strange about this rumor is the resolution of the other devices that are currently being tested. Macerkopf claims that one of the device that's being tested supports 720p resolution (1280 x 720), much like the LG Nitro HD's display. The other resolution however is just plain strange as it is a device with a 1440 x 800 resolution.

The 720p device will have an aspect ratio of 16:9 but with the 1440 x 800, it just seems to be a strange resolution for a smartphone. Could it just be a typo? A screen resolution of 1440 x 900 would make more sense as it is a standard 16:10 widescreen resolution. Or perhaps the device that are being tested is actually the rumored Apple HDTV? But of course, there is a fine line between testing a product and releasing them into the market. If this turns out to be true, Apple might just be exploring all possibilities and is looking for areas which they can innovate. At this point, Apple could be doing just about anything.

The said German Mac blog doesn't exactly have a top-notch track record when it comes to Apple rumors, so it is easy to take this rumor with a grain of salt. But if the rumor turns out to be accurate, then we could be seeing an iPhone with a higher density display and a new aspect ratio sometime next year. [via CultofMac]

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