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]