iOS 5.1 Beta Reveals That Apple is Testing Quad-Core Processors

iOS 5.1 Beta Reveals That Apple is Testing Quad-Core Processors

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References in the iOS 5.1 beta firmware reveal that Apple may be testing quad-core processors for future iOS devices, reports 9to5Mac.

Updated core management software in the new beta includes an "/cores/core.3" option which represents a fourth available processing core. The core references begin at "/cores/core.0" for a single core processor.

We cannot conclude that due to iOS 5.1 including quad-core processor references, Apple's next-generation iPad and iPhone will include a quad-core chip, but it seems reasonable based on Apple starting with a single core chip in 2010 and moving to dual-core in 2011. A quad-core chip in 2012 would fit the pattern. On the technical side, Apple is already rumored to be working on a quad-core "A6″ processor, and such processors were said to be ready in 2012.

A quad-core A6 processor would provide a significant performance boost and help the next generation iPad power its widely expected Retina Display. It would also allow for improved gaming, smoother system navigation, and more powerful applications.

Below you can see a comparison of the iOS core management software from pre-iOS 5.1 beta and iOS 5.1 beta. The dual-core A5 chip is the one marked with "core.1"; whereas, the new chip is marked with "core.3".

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iOS 5.1 Beta Reveals That Apple is Testing Quad-Core Processors

iOS 5.1 Beta Reveals That Apple is Testing Quad-Core Processors

Birendra - February 11, 2012 at 2:53am
Suebprly illuminating data here, thanks!
Borut - January 7, 2012 at 8:44am
Well they should first fix the no sound on outgoing calls issue on 4S and then think further, or they won't have people to sell their malfunctioning phones to!!!
Apple - January 8, 2012 at 4:49am
OK. We'll get right on it..
Barney - January 7, 2012 at 5:39am
If its call iphone sj, this is worth my money with top performance included
Dev - January 6, 2012 at 4:54pm
They are going to have to make some big changes, or else they might as well call it the iPhone 4SS
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