Your crazy CDMA iPhone 4, 7-inch iPad with ARM Cortex A9, AMD and iOS Apple TV, rumors of the day
Digitimes, which should always be taken with a huge honking grain of salt, is reporting that Apple is readying CDMA iPhone 4, a 7-inch Cortex A9-based iPad 2, and only Jobs knows what else:
Apple is set launch an upgraded 9.7-inch iPad adopting a new ARM Cortex-A9-based processor and 512MB RAM in the first quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, the company will also launch a 7-inch iPad using the Cortex-A9 processor and an IPS panel with a resolution of 1024×768
As for the CDMA iPhone, Pegatron Technology is expected to start mass production in December and will supply to both US-based Verizon Wireless and China-based China Telecom
The CDMA iPhone's back plate will be forged from metal materials and will feature an integrated antenna, according to Digitimes Research.
Apple is also set to launch a new Apple TV using AMD's Fusion solution and will not include a hard drive.
ARM's Cortex A9 is the next-generation version of the current Apple A4 chipset's CPU used in iPad and iPhone. With multi-core capabilities, it's an obvious upgrade to make. Verizon iPhone rumors have been on the rise again in recent weeks, though CDMA can mean different things in different reasons. I still think Apple won't fracture the brand new iPad market with a 7-inch iPad any time soon. It's not about matching resolution, it's about pixel density -- a 7" 1024x768 screen would need a whole new UI for the buttons and other UI elements to remain usable by fingers. Apple TV running iOS would be great -- but why AMD's Fusion and not Apple's own chipsets?
[Digitimes, thanks everyone who sent it in]