iPad 2 Likely to Keep A4 Processor – iPhone 5 Steps Up to A5

There are a lot of people waiting for news of the iPad 2 release at present and we’ve been attempting to keep our readers up-to-date with all the news and of course rumors and speculation. We recently posted about what possible components to expect in the next-generation iPad and one of the most prominent rumors has been that the iPad 2 and the upcoming iPhone 5 will have a new A5 chip, which has got a lot of people excited.

However we’ve just noticed a report by Joe Aimonetti over on Cnet with a rumor from DigiTimes, a Taiwanese publication that often gives us early news about all things Apple. DigiTimes reports that the A5 chip and currently used A4 chip is to be outsourced to Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and according to Apple Insider, Samsung, which currently supplies the A4 chip to Apple, has sometimes been unable to cope with demand.

Yesterday we brought news of a rumor surrounding three current iPhone 5 prototypes, one of which could be a mini iPhone or iPhone Nano, so it could be that Apple is really stepping up the demand for chips. However if you’re avidly awaiting the iPad 2 this next snippet could be a disappointment for you but bear in mind at the moment this is speculation. DigiTimes further reported that the iPad 2 is likely to keep the A4 chip although it may be an improved version, while the A5 will not appear until the iPhone 5 comes out.

This would be a real let down to many iPad enthusiasts but of course we’ll have to wait and see for sure. You may also be interested in an article by Edward Halverson of On Video Games that looks into whether the iPad 2 will raise the bar along with some pricing expectations. Also, we recently posted an article with rumors about a possible follow on to the iPad 2, the iPad 3 or iPad Mini in the fall.

What are your thoughts on the iPad 2 and the possibility it may not have the much-anticipated A5 chip after all? Why not let us know by sending us your comments and also tell us what other features you’re hoping to see.

  • Guest

    The thought that the Ipad 2 would be released without a processor that blows the competition out of the water, or at the very least goes head to head with them (ie duo-core processor in the xoom, etc) seems incredibly disappointing to say the least. Combine that with the sub-par camera rumors, the lack of an SD slot and the lack of a sufficiently improved screen….wow, this is suddenly getting depressing…