The iPad rumors have been heating up as of late, with one analyst making speculations about what’ll be under the hood of the popular tablet’s next iteration. These rumors suggest that the iPad 2, or whatever Apple decides to call the iPad’s yet to be named successor, will feature a dual core chip.

While that’s not a surprising suggestion, seeing as both Motorola and RIM have dual core tablets on the horizon, what did catch our eye is the revelation that the next iPhone might follow suit…

“Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer. A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores.” – Ashok Kumar, an analyst at investment bank Rodman & Renshaw

When you consider the fact that both the iPhone 4 and the iPad share the same processor — the Apple A4, which is basically just a rebadged ARM Cortex A8 combined with a PoweVR GPU — the upgrade makes sense, and certainly isn’t outside of the realm of possibilities.

The ARM Cortex A9 is the next logical step for Apple’s hardware, but it will be interesting to see whether or not Apple allows the iPad to remain technically superior to the iPhone in the long term, or if they will allow the technological cat and mouse game to continue between their two flagship mobile platforms.

Who’s ready for some real multitasking?


  • The title,
    I curious, is it really “sport”
    Or it supposed to “support”
    I kinda hard to translate englsh

    • Goofygreek

      It’s just a phrase people say in america. It means “to have” or “to be”.

      • Jon Garrett

        lol, I love it when foreigners try to understand our lingo.

  • Burge

    I’ve heard it will have micro USB

    • Chico

      I don’t believe it
      Apple wouldn’t do this

  • Z

    HDMI port should be the next step for apple since they’ve adopted HD video support.

    I wonder if RAM is upgraded to 1Gb…

    • Andrew

      I don’t think apple will ever sport hdmi on iOS devices. They are all about wireless, apple tv/airplay.

  • Lemmings Hotline

    All this locking nonsense has left me with a taste of rotten Apple. Consumers unite!

    • Andrew

      I Agree, but maybe all this “locking nonsense” has bettered iOS. It’s the smoothest flowing operating system ive seen. Much moreso than Android (though I have Hugh hopes for it’s future).

  • Juan

    hmm. dual core will work wonders on battery life. unless they address battery and nothing new has hit the market. so i guess we’ll just wait and see.

  • Juan

    all blogs i’ve read seem to point that the iPhone 5 will be evolutionary, not revolutionary. Sort of like the 3GS. I wouldn’t get my panties in a was over the iPhone 5.

  • Jacko

    Did cnet really spell “suit” as “suite”?