The nex-gen iDevices may run on a multi-core chip.
After Apple’s expected iPhone 4 Verizon announcement, focus is now shifting on what Apple has in store for this year. While there have been a number of rumors flying around, tech site Engadget today claims to have received ‘concrete information’ on the new versions of iPad, iPhone and Apple TV.
According to the site’s sources, Apple will be severing ties with long-standing chip supplier Infineon in order to use a GSM/CDMA chip from Qualcomm. This chip will be fitted on both the iPad 2 and iPhone 5.
The iPad 2 will also feature a higher-resolution display, with an expected resolution of 2048×1536 (260 DPI), but it still won’t be a retina display. Inclusion of an SD card slot is also on the cards, along with both front and rear cameras. However, a full-size USB port still won’t be supported.
Both the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will receive redesigns, with the iPad 2 at least being rumored to be much slimmer than the original. They will also get a hardware upgrade, with Apple planning to use a new A5 chip based on ARM’s Cortex A9. The A5 will be a multi-core chip capable of seamless playback of 1080p video – enough muscle to be used along with new Apple TV, which also feature the A5 chip.