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Analyst: iPad 2 has 1.2GHz dual-core chip, 5m shipping Q1

updated 07:30 pm EST, Sun January 30, 2011

Concord says next iPad has 1.2GHz dual-core A9

The next iPad's hardware was given unusually detailed specifications through a new note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at Concord Securities. He supported beliefs that the Apple tablet would have a dual-core, ARM Cortex-A9 but suggested that it would clock in at 1.2GHz, a significant step up from the 1GHz single-core A8 used today. The performance would put it on par with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon and NVIDIA's upcoming Tegra 2 3D.

Although not naming his sources, Kuo also provided more color about the performance outside of the main processor. He supported views that the iPad would get a dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2, a close relative of the quad-core MP4 in the Sony NGP. It would only advance to the same 512MB of RAM as in the iPhone 4, but it would see a memory clock increase to 1,066MHz to improve the practical speed.

The analyst supported mounting views that the new iPad wouldn't have a Retina Display but did expect an upgrade to the visual quality. Its new LCD was about a third thinner, Kuo wrote. An anti-reflective treatment would make the slate much more outdoor-visible and mitigate a common qualm with the iPad versus e-paper readers like the Kindle.

3G editions are still enroute, Kuo said, but there would be distinct HSPA models for GSM networks and EVDO models for CDMA carriers like Verizon. The claim conflicted with reports that Apple would use a dual-mode Qualcomm cellular chipset that could handle both 3G types with one device.

Cameras, as suggested in earlier leaks, would include both front and back units but would be based on those of the iPod touch, including a one-megapixel back example and a VGA (0.3-megapixel) front shooter. These would trail well behind the cameras from rival devices like the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom, which should have multi-megapixel cameras on both the front and back, but would be enough for augmented reality apps, video chat and movie recording.

Apple would purportedly be very aggressive with production. About 4.5 to five million iPads would be made in total over the course of the first quarter, according to the note. Most earlier predictions have had Apple ramping up production of the next iPad in February with a launch in late March or early April, suggesting that most if not all of the tally would be for the new model.

Part suppliers would mostly involve familiar manufacturers from the current iPad, such as Wintek for the touchscreen panels and Hynix for memory. LG Display and Samsung would be making the panels from the start and could avert the shortages that plagued the original iPad early on.

Analyst reports are only sometimes accurate and don't necessarily have complete information. While they can often get supplier details, these are subject to change and might not be completely accurate themselves. If accurate, however, the note hints at Apple competing with the best of its rivals in at least performance and that it planned to have many more iPads available to start than last year, possibly allowing a multi-country simultaneous launch. [via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff



  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ok, the only thing I do not like is 512 MB RAM, competitors are going to push multitasking heavily and low memory can be hindarance

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Perfect will be when

    Perfect will be when I arrive to work, and I just have to put my iPhone/iPad connected to a Screen and a Keyboard, to have the almost some power as a Workstation... That would be the ultimate mobility solution.

    Is just a dream of mine... :-)

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no argument it's an improvement

    While I have no doubt of any kind iPad 2 is an improvement over iPad 1 -

    this article does suggest that iPad users don't get Retina display - or even a resolution bump, and competitors will have higher density displays - it appears.

    Also the camera's are needed, in my opinion, its useful to have them on a tablet, but one would like to have a nice camera - if you are shooting a picture, you'd like it to be quality, naturally I don't think the market demands it be as good as a dedicated camera - but, the reputation of a device does sometimes come from its specs.

    The main thing is, will Apple's one size fits all strategy compete well with a range of devices targetted at every niche and every need one can imagine. Time will tell.

    I like the idea that this tablet does better outdoors - but its either good enough to read outdoors, or its not. Just getting better isn't always good enough - can I read comfortably outdoors? If not, its not a Kindle replacement.

    Is it light, the Kindle is very light - if not, its not a Kindle replacement. Reading a novel for two hours, is not feasable on an iPad, unless you set the iPad down on a table - 1.5 lbs is too heavy to hold on the fingers for two hours.

    All nice improvements, as a computer, wonderful dedicated ebook reader, I have my doubts. As convergence device - absolutely not, Apple won't allow it to replace any phone functionality. As, app player - yes love it.

    I probably want one, but I sure wish they'd offer additional models with varying weight sizes and screen sizes.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Just another analyst who's pontificating on knowing what Apple is doing. Probably the same sources as the other guys, but then throws in some twists to make it sound like his information is 'better'.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: no argument it's an improvement

    this article does suggest that iPad users don't get Retina display - or even a resolution bump, and competitors will have higher density displays - it appears.

    Also the camera's are needed, in my opinion, its useful to have them on a tablet, but one would like to have a nice camera - if you are shooting a picture, you'd like it to be quality,

    The thing is that Apple doesn't like to throw all features into a new model. It makes it that much harder to come out with a new model the next year. So throw in some cameras, more RAM, and a couple of other things. Then leave the display and better cameras for next year. After that, add in better bluetooth or some other improvement they're holding out on.

    As for the camera, most people will probably argue that they want it for it's video, not still, camera shooting (the iPad is a tad large to be taking pictures from), and mainly for FaceTime (the supposed killer feature of the iPhone that few probably use - then again, people have been talking about how video phone/chat/etc will take off any decade now, and even with webcams on computers and high speed internet, it still hasn't. Maybe this decade, huh).

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