Apple is currently in the works to develop a new quad-core iPhone or iPad tablet as hinted by an image of iOS 5.1 beta assembly code, reports say.
According to a photo posted on Apple-aimed tech site 9 to 5 Mac, updated processing-core management software, that supports dual-core processing on A5-based iPhone and iPad chips, hides information related to quad-core processing deep within latest IOS 5.1 beta.
It seems that references to the quad-core chip appeared on a hidden panel (assembly programming code) with comments on various cores supported by iOS devices.
“The updated core management software includes an option of “/cores/core.3,” and this represents a fourth available processing core,” said 9 to 5 Mac.
People familiar with the matter told the tech site that core references start to count from 0, which means a single-core iOS device will refer to its processing power as “cores/core.0” and a dual-core device will have “/cores/core.1”.
The first iPad tablets run with a single-core A4 CPU whereas the new iPad 2 comes with a dual-core A5 processor.
While this is not enough evidence that the next iOS device, the iPad 3, will have a quad-core processor, Apple could be gearing up to support the latest chip technology on its upcoming iPhones and iPads.