Is Apple Starting Work On A Quad-Core iPhone?

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Smartphones are inevitably inching-closer towards quad-core chips. While not every platform will see phones built around such chips (at least not straight away), nor every manufacturer jump at the chance to release quad-core handsets, it’s something that everyone is going to have to think about at some point. Apple’s a company that holds its cards awfully close to its chest, so it can be very difficult to get a strong sense of its future plans, but some evidence has been uncovered suggesting the company is at least experimenting with mobile devices built around quad-core chipsets.

The clue comes from the Clang compiler used in Apple’s Xcode tools, where a developer discovered code related to CPU optimization had gained support for the Armada XP, a Marvell-made quad-core ARM chipset. Notes in the source code suggest that only in-house Apple versions of Clang are built with Armada XP optimizations enabled.

None of this means that Apple is actually planning to release a new iPhone or iPad containing a Marvell chip, but it could mean that Apple is using the Armada XP as a placeholder while it prototypes such hardware, later to be replaced by one of Apple’s own A-series chips. Such a device could still be a year or two out, if Apple even decides to go ahead with a quad-core system.

Source: Ars Technica

Via: MacRumors

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!