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  • 2011 iPhone, iPad to Sport "A8" Dual-Core Chip?

    With about half a year to go before the expected fifth-generation iPhone launch, the East Asian supply chain is already humming with rumors about the new phone's design. A supplier of bulk silicon is blabbing that Qualcomm is buying up wafers at a prodigious rate for iPhone 5 parts, and hinting that it could provide parts for a new Apple system-on-a-chip called the "A8." Nothing is known about this purported SoC, though the name does suggest that Apple could finally be producing a dual-core CPU.

    Kinsus is a Taiwanese manufacturer that turns out large quantities of the silicon wafers which serve as the substrate for integrated circuits. An anonymous source at the company told Taiwan's Apple Daily site that they got an order to deliver 30% to 40% of the flip-chip substrate that Qualcomm will need to make cellular components for the iPhone 5. They claim they'll be delivering the wafers by March, which is right on schedule for the expected 2011 iPhone launch in early summer.

    Meanwhile, the same sources are saying they are also getting a piece of the action on a new Apple system-on-a-chip that will go in the iPhone 5 and iPad 2. The report offers no details about the so-called "A8 application processor," and the name is somewhat ambiguous. The A4 is based on the Cortex-A8, so they might be referring to that. However, though some observers look at the name A8 and think it might mean "A4 times two." Certainly, iOS devices are long-overdue for a multicore speed bump, so it would make sense if the replacement to the A4 to be based on, or modeled on, ARM's dual-core Cortex-A9.

    The prospect of Qualcomm's involvement also raises hopes that the coming 2011 iPhone and iPad may include the chipmaker's dual CDMA/GSM chipset, making them true "world-mode" devices. We may know more about this in a relatively short amount of time, if rumors about a February iPad 2 announcement come to pass.

    Source: Electronista
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2011 iPhone, iPad to Sport "A8" Dual-Core Chip? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. Ruthl3ss's Avatar
      Ruthl3ss -
      Wow, this is insane! Haha, say goodbye to the lag-crammed days of the 2G/3G
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      Yea like other ppl have mentioned I'm pretty sure it called A5 unless thus sane source us telling everyone different ****
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Part of speed is about the OS too. Don't forget that. If the OS is not optimized properly then all the speed will mean nothing. If it is optimized then it will run like a dream on older hardware too.
    1. Excel Wiz's Avatar
      Excel Wiz -
      iPhone on roids.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
      It's gonna be more like $199 16g, $299 32g and $399 64g.....
      Still good with me...
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      faster is better
    1. evoRC's Avatar
      evoRC -
      All sounds good but if software can't fully utilize it and battery is worst forget it. I will rather wait for iPhone 6. I still think dual-core is still too soon.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      That would be sick. A8 chip and 1 gig of ram would be redonkulous.
      you can stop dreaming now. Apple doesn't make these iDevices to make you want to keep them longer than a single year. Expect the next iPad to have 512MB or ram and other random enhancements. enough to make you want it but not enough for you to look at it come this time 2012 and say, "meh...this one is goog enough."
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      No worries here!!! I know, just as many others do, apple will not be in the race of "who's got the best"...... They have always had an edge on all competitors.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      That would be sick. A8 chip and 1 gig of ram would be redonkulous.
      heck yea it would be
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      We are all smart enough to know a few things: regardless of what news there is the iPhone will not get thicker. It may get wider if it gets a bigger screen. It won't get a dual core chip this year and it will have nearly the same form as this year with some minor upgrades for this year.

      Screen resolution and processor won't change. Battery life will get 10-20% better as battery tech improves
      RAM will grow maybe 64-128MB
      Storage will stay the same size
      Lastly, it will probably get FaceTime over 3G

      That's all that will happen with this iteration in all likeliness because like someone said, apple wants everyone to get a new phone every year so they make it just good enough to upgrade every year but not good enough that you keep it longer than one year.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      We are all smart enough to know a few things:
      That's a pretty bold statement.

      If the battery life improves on the next iPhone it will in fact be mostly because of an upgrade to a new dual-core processor.

      A 64-128MB memory upgrade is just silly. With the way their RAM is currently connected, they have 2 chips, with the iPad/Touch/TV using 2 128MB chips, and the iPhone 4 using 2 256MB chips. If anything, a 768 MB upgrade using the same A4 might be possible, but 1GB on a new processor is likely.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Hahaha, now my nerd side says Omgomgomgomg I want the bigger processor! But my practical side says you just bought an iPod touch 4g moron!
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dan101proof View Post
      Don't ask how I know just know these facts are true, it's no secret apple skips a year on reforming the looks of their equipment and 2012 will be the dual core processor. The phone will be a tad thicker and wider. The screen will be at almost 4 inches but this is not why it will be bigger. The size will come from the power consumption used to power the duo of processors and 1 gig of ram. The new hard drives will be the same used in the iPod classic. There will be a 160 gig and a 250 gig hard drive available. These will be built for true 4g use that will utilize the GSM capabilities to use FaceTime with a 3 mpxl cam in the front and a 10 on the rear with dual flash and 1080p recordings. The phone will use voice recognition for everything in the phone. Also if this isn't enough. How about the use of playstation network as the game center. You will be able to play turn based games with users on the ps3, right from your iPhone vi, and yes, that's the name of the device. Do you want more? Ok 1 more. How about the addition of satellite tv with your device, oh yes that's right. With the use of true 720p produced by the new 4 inch retina display. You are going to have everything in the palm of your hand with the iPhone VI coming to you in 2012, iPhone 5 will have minor upgrades but in the standards that was 3G to 3GS.
      2 posts... should have kept it to 1...