Analyst: iPad 2 has dual-core processor, no retina displays

Tim Grey
31 January, 2011
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This week’s hot tip on the iPad 2 comes with a surprising level of detail, with one analyst claiming that it’ll use an ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor running at 1.2GHz, 512mb RAM and thinner, but not retina, displays.

According to AppleInsider, Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, has prepared an in-depth report on the device, suggesting that it’s dual-core processor will strike a better balance between computing power and power consumption, while plumping its graphics capabilities with Imagination’s SGX543 dual core technology – which is 200-300 per cent powerful than the iPhone 4.

But, despite the jump in processing power, Ming-Chi claims that although there’ll be an improved screen that’s 30-35 per cent thinner and less susceptible to glare, there’ll be no improvement in its 1024×768 resolution.

In line with previous reports, Ming-Chi also wagers that iPad 2 will feature both a front- and back-facing cameras, although they’re likely to be 0.3 megapixel and 1 megapixel respectively. Inclusion of the cameras is supposedly for augmented reality applications.

Component makers were also listed, with LG Display and Samsung producing LCD panels; TPK and Wintek touch panels; Samsung the processor and GPU; Samsung and Hynix making RAM; Toshiba and Samsung NAND flash; Broadcom handling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS technology; Ifineon making GSM 3G and Qualcomm CDMA, with Foxconn putting the whole thing together.

In his suspiciously thorough briefing, he also tipped that Apple would be ‘very aggressive’ with manufacturing, producing 4.5 to five million units in the first three months alone, suggesting a simultaneous launch worldwide.

Although we’re still strictly in the realm of educated guesses, given the breadth of Ming-Chi’s predictions, it’d be highly likely that some of them are true.

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