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iPhone 5 Could Offer Full HD 1080p Playback Thanks To iOS 5

Apple’s upcoming iOS 5 will allow iPad 2 users to play full HD 1080p videos on their tablet and forget about the current 720p playback capabilities offered by iOS 4. This enhancement has made some suggest that the same 1080p playback capability will be transferred to iPhone 5 as well, IBTimes (opens in new tab) reports.

But there’s a catch: the iPad 2 is powered by a dual-core A5 chipset, which is nine times more powerful than its predecessor and Apple has revealed no information concerning the iPhone 5 so far, let alone its processor specs.

However joyful the news may be, users should remember that no iOS gadget currently available has a good enough display for 1080p video playback as the screen resolution isn't high enough.

Apple may well use its A5 processor in the iPhone 5’s hardware, since the company has already sent app developers an iPhone 4 powered by an A5 processor for testing, 9to5 Mac reported.

In a nutshell, it all depends on Apple. If the Cupertino-based company decides to use the A5 chip in its fifth-generation iPhone then 1080 p playback becomes a certainty. It Apple keeps the old A4 processor (which is not very likely) then iPhone 5 will offer only 720p video playback capabilities.

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