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Rumour:The iPad 2 and iPhone 5 Will Use Dual-Core CPUs

Ashok Kumar, analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, claims that Apple will include a dual-core CPU into the upcoming iPad successor that will help it compete against the devices like Motorola’s Stingray tablet and the BlackBerry PlayBook.He believes that we’ll be seeing the dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 chip by March. The iPad 2 won’t be the only iDevice getting a dual-core refresh, says Kumar, as he expects the iPhone 5 to get a similar treatment later in the summer of 2011.

The analyst said:

Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer. A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores.

Analyst also addressed the Verizon iPhone:

iPhone volumes could also be maintained at the 15 million/quarter level through next year. The launch at Verizon could support an incremental 8 million units.

To date, the iPad (and the iPhone 4 ) is equipped with Apple’s processor (manufactured by Samsung), the Apple A4 . The future holds great surprises.

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