Analyst: iPad, iPhone Going Dual Core

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Apple’s second generation iPad and fifth generation iPhone will sport dual core processors, according to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar. If Mr. Kumar is right, this will mark the first time a handheld device from Apple moved beyond single core chips.

“Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer,” Mr. Kumar said, according to CNET. “A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores.”

Analyst expects dual core iPad, iPhone soon

Assuming Apple does transition the iPhone and iPad to dual core processors, the devices could potentially process tasks faster and handle more robust multitasking compared to the models that are available today. A dual core processor could, however, impact battery life which is a touchy subject with consumers.

Based on current demand, Mr. Kumar thinks Apple could maintain quarterly iPad shipments around the 6 million unit mark, giving the company about half of the tablet market in 2011.

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No, there won’t be a dual core iPhone, battery life is more important to Steve Jobs than producing the fastest thing under the sun.

As for the iPad? Who knows? Maybe? Bigger battery allows for flexibility.


Kumar has no credibility when it comes to Apple, and little credibility when it comes to anything else. Total hack.


Again, another not too surprising rumour. This is what you would expect of a company committed to staying in the lead of a rapidly developing market - specifically a market that it currently defines.

It also jibes well with the projected course for iOS devices, taking on that market for not only content consumption but productivity, signalling that these will become more powerful productive devices. If that happens, which one would expect from a multi-processor machine, this will further decimate the netbook and low-end laptop ranks, and make these devices even more attractive to the enterprise sector. Rumour has it, too, that these devices will sport more security features.

Not only do RIM and the other tablet manufacturers (current and potential) have to be concerned, so too should laptop manufacturers.


If Mr. Kumar is right, this will mark the first time a handheld device from Apple moved beyond single core chips.

If Mr. Kumar is right, this will mark the first time Mr. Kumar gets an Apple prediction right.


What about a new Apple TV. That won’t have a power issue. (but perhaps a thermal issue!)

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