iPad 2 Dual-Core CPU Rumoured

January 17, 2011 | 12:10

Tags: #cortex-a8 #cortex-a9 #ios #ipad #ipad-2 #opencl #powervr #tablet

Companies: #apple #arm

Rumours concerning Apple's next generation iPad 2 tablet are spreading ahead of this year's launch, with the latest gossip claiming it will have a massively increased screen resolution, and a boost in processing power.

Apple watcher MacRumors points to support in the latest version of the iBooks app for a display resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. This, says the site, could be evidence that the iPad 2 will pack a display with four times the pixel density of its predecessor, which will also be a much higher resolution than most other tablets currently on the market.

Of course, such a boost to the resolution of the device would require a suitably beefy processor to keep up, and Apple Insider claims that's exactly what Apple is planning.

The rumoured A5 chip, the successor to the ARM Cortex-A8-based A4 CPU that powers the current iPad, will reportedly feature two Cortex-A9 processing cores, along with a pair of PowerVR SGX543 GPU cores. Each of the latter would offer twice the graphics performance of the current model's PowerGV SGX535, along with the addition of OpenCL support.

If the rumours are true, the iPad 2 could be a seriously powerful platform for mobile gaming and HD video playback. However, with Nvidia continuing to push its rival Tegra 2 system-on-chip design, the iPad 2 is going to have some competition that was lacking when its predecessor launched to great success.

Could a powerful, high-resolution tablet convince you that the form factor holds promise, or will it take more than that before you shell out on a scaled-up smartphone? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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