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January 17, 2011

iPad 2 and iPhone 5 to get new dual-core processor?

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by Darren Allan

It’s been quite a day for Apple rumours, and here’s another following hot on the heels of the talk about the iPad sequel’s display this morning.

If you missed that story, it revolved around speculation that the iPad 2 will double up its resolution to a near-retina-display quality of 2048 x 1536.

Of course, to power higher definition visuals like that would require more processor grunt, which is where the second rumour of today, from Apple Insider, comes into play.

An inside source told Apple Insider that Apple‘s next custom SoC will use the new SGX543 graphics and video core, which doubles up the processing power from the previous chip used in the iPad.

Not only that, but the source thinks it will be used in a dual-core configuration, quadrupling its power and ability to handle not just game graphics, but video processing. The iPad 2 could turn out to be quite a beast, and the iPhone 5 could also benefit from this new SoC.

In other rumours, it seems that the next iPhone and iPad might not have a home button, either, and will utilise the five finger (well, four finger and a thumb) gesture iOS 4.3 sports instead.

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