Apple’s custom A4 chip introduced with the iPad a year ago was certainly impressive -- but let’s face it, that’s so 2010. The stars are aligning and they seem to indicate that this year’s iDevices will be taking a major step forward with a dual-core A5 processor.
UBM TechInsights, an information services provider for technology companies, has concluded that the iPhone 4's pairing of the gyroscope with the A4 processor could very well mean that the iPad will share these same components in the future.
TechInsight's senior analyst Steve Bitton speculates that the next-generation iPad will get the gyroscope because of the presence of an empty slot next to the processor. Additionally, the iPad also has an accelerometer, which combined with a gyroscope could be the perfect bait for game developers.
What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been for the iPhone 4. No sooner has the device been officially announced by Apple, but would-be owners trip over themselves (and AT&T’s servers) to be the first to pre-order, only to have a few handsets arrive a couple of days early. One of those has fallen into the hands of iFixit, who has completed an early teardown of America’s new mobile darling.
A lot of the excitement about the iPad after its unveiling at in late January had to do with its custom, Apple-designed A4 processor -- but a new report says that the chip may in reality be nothing “to write home about.”
The fruits of Apple’s 2008 acquisition of P.A. Semiconductor finally saw
the light of day when Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s iPad. Underlying the
sleek user interface and minimalist hardware is the Apple A4. The A4 is a
system-on-a-chip (SoC) running at 1GHz. No mere CPU, the A4 includes
integrated 3D graphics, audio, power management, storage and I/O