Apple’s A4 iPad Chip Is A Likely Candidate For The Next iPhone

After playing with the iPad, the one thing everyone agrees upon is that it’s really fast. It’s also extremely power-effiecient, sporting 10 hours of video playback and over a month of standby time. Now if you were paying attention during the keynote, you’ll know that the iPad’s speed and low power consumption comes from its use of Apple’s custom-designed A4 system-on-a-chip. It opens apps faster, flips orientations faster, and even allows for some cool, new graphical effects. So if Apple has a super chip that runs the iPhone OS at super speeds, where will we see it next?

According to analysts (who totally have engineering degrees), we might see an iPhone with a scaled-down A4 chip as early as July. It likely won’t be as fast in order to preserve battery life, but it should provide significant speed boosts as well as increased battery life. And because the A4 is believed to be based on a similar ARM-based architecture as the iPhone’s current CPU, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t happen.

[via Macworld UK]

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