iOS 5.1 beta hints at quad-cores for next-gen iPhone and iPad

iOS 5.1 beta hints at quad-cores for next-gen iPhone and iPad
Thanks to a reference code found inside the beta version of iOS 5.1 it appears as though the next generation versions of both the iPhone and the iPad could be replacing their dual-core processors with quad-cores.

It is believed that the core references Apple uses begins with the number 0 and therefore the single-core processors found in previous iOS devices were referred to as /cores/core.0. The dual-core A5 processors that are currently being used inside of the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 are referenced with the code /cores/core.1. The code in question here is /cores/core.3 which would be used to reference a quad-core processor when following the pattern. As you can see they skipped the reference code /cores/core.2 which would have more than likely been a triple-core processor.

It isn’t a definite that the next iPhone and iPad will have these quad-core processors. Will they have them eventually? They absolutely will especially if they plan on keeping up with Android and the fact that they have quad-core tablets available already available and quad-core smartphones on the horizon. The only question is, will the next major release of iOS be optimized for quad-cores? Only time will tell.

source: 9 to 5 Mac



1. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

changing everything...again. cough cough... day before release they will probably scrap the quad core and go with the dual core for some reason. but hey, by appearing to go with quad core will certainly get all the attention once again! (even though by then quad core phones will already be on market)

13. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Well of course there would already be quad core phones in the market before Apple releases their own. Remember that android devices get released every month, hahahahahaha

17. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Too bad Android OS is so crippled it can't use more than one core. That's why its flails and stutters on dual core phones when even a single core iPhone 4 is smooth.

21. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Ummm my GN is perfectly smooth, don't know what you're talking about. Educate yourself dude...

46. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you saying your laggy gnex runs smooth completely discredits you... My nexus one runs smoother than your GN-nevermind my sgs2.

47. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Holy s**t are you spying on me? As far as I knew the only people who had used my GNex were me and my girlfriend... How do you know how my phone performs? I'm pretty sure it's smooth.

49. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i tried the gnex. Its a google phone which is great, but to say it doesnt lag is just a lie.

51. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Guess yours d xception...4now

52. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and the hundreds complaining on the web and xda why their GN is actually lagging compared to an sgs2. put a LWP on it and see how it does...

53. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Lol...should turn out pretty gud*regretting getting a LG Optimus 3D*

54. Allday28

Posts: 348; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Your an idiot!! Its cause android keeps running in the background and doesnt pause them like IOS does..

62. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

its a combination of factors like the live wallpapers, its code, the fact that it doesent run two cores at one time, unless it opens an aplication. you should stop just calling people idiots when you are the one who does not know what they are talking about

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

already on android devices BBOOOOOM

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

It doesn't matter if its already available in android devices,if the iphone 5 has a quad processor in it when its eventually released in sept/oct 2012 then its a certainty that it will then change everything again again

5. random1204

Posts: 28; Member since: May 26, 2010

iPhone 12 Slogan: "We've changed everything over and over, again and again, and now we've done it once more!" Android doesn't rush things. The Manufacturers do. Don't blame an entire OS for other peoples' faults. (for gallitoking) Looking at the other HTC article about their lost revenue, it's obvious that they need to stick to what Apple does: creating a SOLID and GREAT phone and updating it. The Evo line is...okay? I have an Evo 3D which was the first dual core to hit the states on a carrier, and that was great...but it wasn't as big a deal as the Evo 4G when that came out! Iunno, it's just kind of a toss up. I will be getting an iPhone once a 4" comes. No questions. Especially if that mock up posted 12 hours ago is real...haha

30. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Android does rush things.. Honeycomb was rushed and now is useless and obsolete ( a honeycomb tablet doesnt exited anyone anymore) .. the Nexus was rush in the announment back in Oct when clearly the nexus/ICS were not ready yet .. ( wanted to steal the thunder from Apple). I can go on but want to save my bullets for other fights/debates..

40. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

"Android doesn't rush things." -- you might want to check the android history books. Android was supposed to imitate RIM devices and when Apple released iOS 1.0, Android switched gears pronto. The early generations of android were a bit rushed.

14. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Another typical mindless Droidlet troll

22. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Dude you are turning into one of the most mindless trolls on this website, I wouldn't be pointing fingers if I were you.

41. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

And the pot calls the kettle black.

28. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Probably still not as smooth as a Windows Phone.

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ok trolls... listen up... Apple makes things better.. ok.. Android rushes things to be first.. but Apple takes their time and makes it better... Siri told me to say that... and understand my accent.. so the light is green... keep moving

6. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Well, yeah. Apple doesn't have to rush to do things first because even if someone else does it first they can always advertise it as new and people buy into it. I wouldn't rush either...

7. Jericho unregistered

I am not an iphone fan but i will surely tell you that windows phone don't need quad-core and not even iphone needs a quad core. Android just needs it because it is not as responsive as the other two(but its still darn responsive). Just ask yourself do you need a quad core? If yes. Then for what use which a single processor phone can't(not talking about the speed or graphics(android) like i said iphone and windows phone doesn't make a difference). You want it just for bragging rights so you can tell another os fan that his prefered os doesn't have a quad core. Just think about it. If manufacturers want to release quad core fine don't have a problem with it. But seriously we don't need it. There's a difference between want and need. That's it.

8. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

android doesnt rush. they just release things that are possible. at least we have access to it. you dont want quad core in your iphone? of corse you do. dont be silly. is it rushed to put a quad core in the phone? just put one in. it can only make the phone faster. keep thinking your phones are 'perfected' and that they arent just late to the party. last party i attended i was leaving when apple and the isheeeeep were just arriving. on to the next!

15. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Android has always rushed out bug riddled product. I've had Droids for 2 years and they gave been beta products at best compared to iPhone. Android's version of dual and quad core is irrelevant since the Android OS is crippled and cannot use more than once core.

19. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

If you've had Droids for two years that means you've had Droids pretty much since they first started being somewhat popular. Obviously a new OS is going to have disadvantages over something like the iPhone which had been in people's hands for some time before the Droids became even close to mainstream. To say they were beta products compared to the iPhone is perfect. So the fact that you know that yet continue to bash Android says something about you. It took the iPhone HOW LONG to do MMS? Let's talk about beta products.

9. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Sorry, Apple waits until something has been out for 1 to 2 years before they put it in their product and call it new and great. Example Siri: Customer said to me "Yeah, it's cool you can text with your voice!" My response: "I have been doing that on my phone for over 2 years now. It's nothing new, just new to the iphone. There a bit behind." Customer "Oh..."

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you are only giving half truths. as Siri is way better that google voice... you know why people dont use google voice.... because it sucked.. with Siri it doesnt suck.. is much simplier... in other words.. better...

24. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

So if you are already in a text message on an iPhone can you press a microphone button on the keyboard and dictate text? Because I can on my Android and it works flawlessly. If the new iPhone with Siri can do that then my comment is pointless but as far as I know it's not capable of that. You can definitely voice-text but not if you are already inside an application where you would be typing. Anywhere on my GN where I would enter text using the keyboard all I have to do is press the mic button and say whatever I want.

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