According to the latest rumors, Apple will install the A6 processor chip in next generation of iPad which will be planned to release next year. The special thing about this chip is that it will be a Quad Core Processing chip and will give enormous power to the iPad 3 to run Full HD graphics and 3D games more smoothly.
According to The Microprocessor Report, a magazine related to microprocessors, and later analyzed by Tiernan Ray on Barron’s. The article speculates that Apple, which makes all its processors in-house for its iOS devices, might be working on making its next-generation processor, presumably the A6 (since the current one is known as A5), quad-core.
The other large point Gwennap makes is that the roadmap for Apple’s chips may become more complex. It’s safe to assume Apple will make the next processor, presumably the A6, as a quad core part, sometime next year, in order to compete with quad core chips from Nvidia and others.
While the A6 will most likely find its way into the next iPad, the article cautions that it likely won’t be the case with the 2012 iPhone, possibly the iPhone 5, since such a powerful processor would run the risk of overheating inside the smaller iPhone case. Instead, the future iPhone would use the A5, possibly an enhanced version of it, until Apple develops a more efficient quad-core chip:
That chip will likely be too hot and too large to run in an iPhone, he surmises. That might mean Apple has to use a different chip for the 2012 version of the iPhone, perhaps a shrink of the A5 chip.
With Apple being so successful in tablet market and after selling 4.69 million iPad 2 in first quarter of 2011, Apple will surely want to keep the rythm going on and don’t want to stay behind in this war.
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