Take this with a grain of salt considering the source, but Ashok Kumar writes that both the upcoming iPad and next-gen iPhone will come with dual-core processors.
An analyst’s note today claims Apple’s iPad 2 will adopt a dual-core chip, which would be a first for the company’s consumer line of handheld products. True or not, Apple’s iPad will eventually have to make the jump to dual-core to compete with the likes of the upcoming Motorola tablet and RIM PlayBook–both dual-core devices.
“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,” according to a research note released on Thursday by Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw.
Using a dual-core processor can result in PC-like multitasking, if the operating system is designed to fully take advantage of both cores. And note that he expects the iPhone to get a dual-core upgrade, too.