Monday, January 17, 2011

Round-up: iPad 2 and iPhone 5 rumours abound

Tis the season for iPad 2 and iPhone 5 rumours!

- According to Engadget, iPad 2 will have a "new screen technology that is akin to (though not the same as) the iPhone 4's Retina Display and will be 'super high resolution screen'." It will have front and rear cameras and an SD slot. It will also use a dual GSM/CDMA chip set by Qualcomm. (Engadget)

- Again according to Engadget, the iPhone 5 is a "total rethink from a design standpoint" and will run Apple's A5 CPU, a Cortex A9-based multi-core chip. The new phone will also use a Qualcomm chipset that will handle CDMA, GSM and UMTS. (Engadget)

- Somewhat sketchy evidence in the iOS 4.3 beta suggests that the iPad 2 will have double the resolution of the current iPad. This would put the resolution at 260 DPI, less than the iPhone 4's 300 DPI. By doubling the resolution to 2048 by 1536, it would make it easier for developers to support because older apps could simply be pixel-doubled. (Mac Rumors)

- Based on the increasing evidence of a higher resolution, it makes sense that Apple will upgrade its chip to handle the additional load. AppleInsider cites a source saying that both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5 will sport an enhanced version of the custom A4 chip that will move from the SGX535 (used in the 3GS and iPhone 4) to the SGX543 graphics and video core. Another source says Apple is going to go multi-core as well, for graphics and general computing. AppleInsider)

- The iPad 2 might also have a vibrating motor. (Mac Rumors)

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