Rumour mills claim iPad to be using dual-mode chipsets

Powerful dual-core, ARM Cortex-A9 design likely
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

Recent grapevine doing the rounds claim that Apple, has plans to use dual-mode chipsets for all its cellular devices, which will also include the immensely popular iPad 2 and iPhone 5 in it gambit. The Company will achieve this feat by using hybrid CDMA and GSM chipsets from Qualcomm. Qualcomm is known to possess dual-mode parts with EVDO and HSPA+ support that would enable 3G on both CDMA and GSM carriers.

Both the iPad 2 and iPhone 5, according to rumour mills are believed to showcase a powerful new processor, possibly just called the A5. The A5 would give the devices a dual-core, ARM Cortex-A9 design. This would be way better in terms of performance as compared to the single-core Cortex-A8 used today. The 9.7-inch iPad 2 is said to feature immensely powerful resolution, resembling that achieved by iPhone 4's Retina Display. Design wise it is said to be showcasing a slim dual camera design. Also the tablet will hold an SD card slot at its base.

As far as availability of the said devices goes, the iPad 2 would be ready in April and followed up by the iPhone 5 in summer.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-01-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)