Quad-core processor support seen in iOS 5.1 beta code

Posted on Jan 7 2012 - 9:34am by Julius

Diggers of software have discovered that Apple’s new iOS beta, the iOS 5.1 beta, will be supporting quad core chipsets.

According to 9 to 5 Mac, a hidden panel within the code of the beta reveals the processors the iOS 5.1 can handle. The code referenced a “/cores/core.3” device, which means that its processor has four cores.

“While not quite confirming that a quad-core processor will power Apple’s third-generation iPad, we have obtained evidence that suggests Apple is currently working on quad-core iOS devices,” said Mark Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac on Friday.

In iOS, “/cores/core.0” indicates a single-core processor. The iOS has referenced “/cores/core.1” for a two-core device, such as the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, each using Apple’s A5 processor. No mention of a triple core chipset was found in the latest beta.

It is said that Apple is using the iOS 5.1 beta to test its new iPad 3 tablet, which is slated to arrive in the first quarter, as well as an unreleased “iPhone 5,1.” Rumors claim that the iPad 3 will have a bigger resolution display, which runs at 2048 x 1536, and a larger battery.

Apple is also said to release a fourth-generation iPad before the year ends to challenge new Windows 8-based tablets.

It seems that Apple will release an iOS device running on four cores, as it can help these devices bring higher resolution screens and power advanced software like the rumored iOS version of Final Cut Pro.


via: Phone Dog

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