The iPhone 5 and iPad 3 could be massively more powerful than their current iterations, rumours suggest, amid signs that Apple could double their core count this time around.
Indications that the iPad 3 and iPhone 5 could swap the current versions’ A5 dual-core processors for quad-core chipsets have been uncovered by 9to5Mac.
Poring through the latest, beta version of the iOS 5.1 processing core management software, the site found a panel that details the cores that are compatible with kits running Apple’s OS.
Close inspection reveals text referring to“/cores/core.3” (see image above). And given that Apple notation for the dual core A5 processor is “/cores/core.1”, the chaps at the site have not unreasonably surmised that what we’re looking at here is a support listing for quad-core processors.
9to5Mac stated: "While not quite confirming that a quad-core processor will power Apple's third-generation iPad, we have obtained evidence that suggests Apple is currently working on quad-core iOS devices.”
News that the iPhone 5 could be the major upgrade tech fans had been hoping for with the iPhone 4S comes amid separate speculation that the handset could feature up to 128GB of on board memory, plus 4G support in select territories.
Mooted specs for the iPad 3 remain thin on the ground. But it is widely thought that Apple’s third-generation tablet will incorporate a high-density retina display and could showcase a radical new design.