Rumor: Quad-core A6 chipset to power future iPad, iPhone

Rumor: Quad-core A6 chip to power next iPad, iPhone?

Mark Gurman over at 9to5 Mac has discovered some code buried deep within the iOS 5.1 beta which might suggest Apple is prepping a quad-core chip to power future iPhone and iPad devices.

The references to quad-core iPhone and iPad chips come by way of a hidden panel that describes cores that are supported by iOS device hardware. The updated core management software includes an option of “/cores/core.3,” and this represents a fourth available processing core…

Gurman explains that people who work closely with iOS code advised the core count begins at 0, so a dual-core processor would be labeled as core.1 for its second core, and as such, a quad-core processor would carry a core.3 label for its fourth core.

Whether we'll see this in the Apple A6 chipset -- which is expected to power the iPad 3 and next-gen iPhone -- is another story. Although Apple doesn't like to tout specs as a selling point, they need gr.

Source: 9to5Mac

Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Hunter says:

"We're gonna need a bigger battery."

Ron says:

Quad-core doesn't have to require a bigger battery as the OS can put extra cores in sleep mode most of the time. However, some of the new games for the rumoured HD display on the iPad3 could burn through the battery very quickly. I think that the new nVidia processor for mobile devices actually has 5 cores … 4 high performance ones, and one low power core that can be used for less intensive tasks.

Plazmic Flame says:

We're still going to need a bigger battery. I want to go back to the days were my phone lasts a day without me having to refrain from using it. Which totally defeats the purpose.

YawnSpawn says:

@Hunter ... have you read article about Hydrogen fuel cells that might power the new gen of iPhones?? http://news.discovery.com/tech/iphone-hydrogen-fuel-cell-111230.html
If that's true, I'm definitely going to buy it and love it ;) ...

mesanford says:

How would this be in any way a surprise?

dloveprod says:

O please, o please, 1 gig of memory.

Ron says:

YES!!!! At least 1GB. I am still using an original iPad which was made mostly useless by iOS5. All of my apps are continuously running due to memory limitations.

Evan_Beezy says:

with 4x the amount of pixels they will def need more RAM and a faster processor to keep it running as smoothly to push all those pixels. Thats why if a retina display can be confirmed, it largely implies an A6 and 1gb RAM.

Sam says:

What the heck is that screenshot of? That looks like that terrible Windows console raster font.

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