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

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65 Comments

56. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

+1 for Mass88, I wonder what android users do when there's no new article about Apple to bash on.

38. Mass88

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

All of this Apple vs. Android talk is useless. Fanboys need to calm down and just sit back in aw of all the advancements that are being made to mobile phones. I have an iPhone 4S and rarely use my Siri. Apple however has done an amazing job marketing it as a must have feature. Do I really need to ask it what the weather is going to be like today only for it to pull up the same weather app I have on the home screen and deduce that it will be cold out? Nope. It's faster for me to open up the app myself and see.

27. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I don't think Apple need Quad Core Processor to keep up with Android. And i don't think Apple care about what spec Android phones have to compete aside from lawsuit. iOS is optimize for only one phone with updates for previous iPhone version. They create great software experience which is now a serious business platform. Perhaps next year we'll see Quad Core iPhone.

65. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

it doesnt need quad core to keep up with andorid, it needs quad core to kill it though

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

My goodness fandroids, lol. Get over with your insecurities already, lol. Everyone knows that Apple releases one iphone every year. Just because quad core chips are available now, it does not mean that Apple will have to release a new iphone tomorrow like android does, lol. Apple likes to stick to their annual summer release. Which is great because iphone users won't feel that their iphones become outdated right away.

23. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah because we all know that iPhone users need to have the "latest" to feel good about themselves. Let's talk about insecurities...

29. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@iam. What? What's insecure about updating to a new iphone every year or two? You fandroids update every 4 months, lol. So who needs to have the latest thing now? Lol

39. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

My point is this... The fact that you consider it a benefit that Apple only releases a phone once a year so that you always have the latest clearly shows your need to always have the latest. Why?

44. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

That is geat for the environment and this is obvious. Updating phones frequently means more android devices heading to the landfill than need be. As you know, customers want new phones so those obsolete android phones with short life-cycles and poor customer support are just headed for the landfill.

48. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

LOL Good one ardent.

59. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@ardent. Now that's one heck of a sheep's mentality :)

58. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@iam. What a twisted way you have of looking at things. Is there anything wrong with wanting to have the latest version of a device? Of course not. But how would you feel if the latest device that you bought 3 months ago is shortlived because another latest device has been released? Worse, the latest version OS would not even load on your 3 month old device, hahahahaha. How would you feel? Great? Be realistic. No one will be happy to spend $700 dollars on a device that will be old news after a couple of months. Excpet of course a fandroid like you. Sheep :)

50. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

there's nothing wrong with updating to a new phone. The only problem is if you dont have the money for it!!

60. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@baam. Wow, another fandroid sheep :) You would spend $700 every 4 months as long as you can afford it? There are two types of rich people. Those rich ones who are practical (me). And those rich folks that are plain stupid (you) :)

61. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

The assumption seems to be that when a new phone comes out, Android users are upset at the fact that their phone isn't "the latest and greatest" anymore. But that's not always the case. Many users look for a phone they will be happy owning for the next 12 - 24 months. When people shop with that kind of mentality, they don't care what else comes out in three months.

26. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Is October in the Summer now? Crazy calander always changing. I mean there is 29 days in February this year. Where is siri to remind me of that and also tell me I need to eat today?

31. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@Zayzay. Siri may be smarter than you are, but Siri will not be able to remind you unless you tell it to remind you to eat at a certain time :)

37. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Fair enough.

45. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

A reference code found within the beta version of iOS 5.1!! so its from the beta not from androids user!!

16. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

What the droid fanboys don't know is that the Android OS is crippled because of its use of Dalvik. Its incapable of using more than one core. Apple will be the first to release a quad core phone and tablet that actually uses all 4 cores

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

How many times are you going to post that on the same article?

43. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

tegra 3 has 4+1 more core if im not mistaken!! #justsaying

64. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

yes but android cannot use them and that 5th core is only for powersaving mode, it cannot be used at the same time as the other 4 cores are active.

11. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

Ok Apple, now use those beefy processors to create something that's more than just grid after grid after grid of icons.

10. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

No way--Apple watches the field and see how other manufacturers survive before they implement!!! Impossible for them to jump to quad core on the next phone...I predict a dual core A5 chip--as in the 4S, coupled with LTE (NEW) on a 4 in display (NEW)....No quad core...no way they will make that jump especially when the apps transition flawlessly over ios5

63. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

well apple have seen how the competioin has survived and, how they've reacted. take the tegra 3 for exaple, it doesnt have a neccasseraly good GPU compared with that of the A5, but the CPU and its architechture are relitivly good, if apple didnt make the jump to quad core they probably wouldnt survive the first 3Q of 2012

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.

32. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I hate to take galo's side here but it can do that. also i have used both google voice and siri and siri is way way better. Not that google voice is bad but siri is game changing. Don't get me wrong the 4S was a huge disapointment but attack it in others areas not siri. Anyway I have noticied you been reply to c.hack alot today iamcc ignore him he isn't worth it.:)

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