New Multi-Core iPhone with Firmware 3.0?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    ZDNet reports that the iPhone 3.0 firmware will support quad-core processors in an upcoming iPhone hardware revision. While Apple has not yet detailed iPhone 3.0 firmware, MacRumors has independently heard of this same multi-core support in the 3.0 firmware which should accompany the next iPhone.

    Meanwhile, Imagination Technologies is announcing a multi-core GPU that could be suitable for iPhone use. Apple, an investor in Imagination Technologies, presently uses a less powerful version of their PowerVR GPU in the iPhone and iPod touch.

    The likely candidate for the new iPhone's CPU, however, is a derivative of the ARM Cortex A9 multi-core processor. The ARM Cortex has excellent power efficiency, well ahead of Intel's Atom offerings. Apple appears to be an ARM architectural licensee and their acquisition of P.A. Semi has brought low-power chip design expertise into the company.

    Article Link: New Multi-Core iPhone with Firmware 3.0?
  2. JLatte macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    San Diego
    Interesting. Wonder if they'll ever allow multiple apps to run at once. Guess at the very least it'll add juice to more powerful apps.
  3. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007

    This would be very interesting - and the device would be extremely powerful and definitely put a hole in the mobile gaming market.
  4. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    What if iPhone software 3.0 was really intended to power the new MacTablet that's going to come out? Maybe that's the device that could really benefit from that type of optimization.

    *walks away whistling as the eager kids jump on the remarks*

  5. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3G (white): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    Awesome. And maybe while they're at it, they can give the next iPhone enough RAM to actually function well.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Quad-Core iPhone? Finally we'll be able to run real full OS X! No, not really.
  7. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    When can we expect an iPhone like this? Still in 2009?
  8. patricksan macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Londerzeel, Belgium
  9. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
  10. Bonte macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2002
    Bruges, Belgium
    Bad move to beef up the iPhone or Touch, they need to keep the performance at the same level for a long time to avoid AppStore costumer confusion. Only change it with radically new models or the tablet.
  11. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    We already are. Color me EXTREMELY skeptical with this rumor. Quad-core in a hand held? Come on.
  12. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC

    Pretty much.

    As far as phones, though, I suspect the next iPhone will allow background process too. The current model COULD do it, and jailbreakers will, but Apple won't enable it in order to encourage upgrades.
  13. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
    What about the possibility to run Mac OS X instead of just OS X on the iPhone and iPod touch? For the ultimate wired and wireless presentation remote using NATIVE Apple Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint files.
  14. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    The latest published rumors have indicated that the tablet would be the same architecture as the iPhone, so this is not an unreasonable suggestion.
  15. Abu Tech macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2008
  16. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    What? Why? So you can have a cursor-arrow and drop-down menus on a tiny screen? How annoying!

    Wouldn't it make MUCH more sense to simply write software for the iPhone that can use these files you're talking about?
  17. jawzzy macrumors regular

    May 13, 2007
    New York
    Multi-core, eh? Hmmmm...Crysis on an iPhone?


    Edit: Damn, beaten to it.
  18. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    At this rate, we'll probably have quad-core iPhones before quad-core Mac Minis or iMacs. :mad:
  19. riversky macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    Low powered mobile processors from ARM are designed with multiple cores, up to 4....

    Check out the link to the ARM page in the original article and look at the schematics!
  20. soft macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2009

    My guess is an hardware updated iPhone by late 2009.
  21. armoguy94 macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    I hope this will be compatible with iPod Touch 1st Gen and they wont leave us screwed like what they usually do for products a few months old!
  22. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    As long as the screen and the usability is the same I don't see it as a huge problem, just like a computer programs run on a variety of different speeds of hardware.
    As far as games go the version for the older machines would run with lower poly counts, textures and whatnot. Other productivity apps might just run a little slower.
    The speed has been the same for almost 2 years now, they need to up the speed a little or they will fall behind the competition, we don't want just another RAZR.
    As long as the apps run on both I don't see a problem, and then they can up the speed again in 2 years which then all the slower iPods/iPhones would become semi-obsolete depending on if developers wanted to support them. And it's not like those iPods would not function anymore they would just get less new apps.
  23. Nick012 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2007
    Should I return the touch I bought this evening? I don't want to get Leo'd...
  24. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That's the reason why you want multiple cores. Power consumption grows with the square of clock speed. If you have four cores, running at a fourth of the clock speed, you get the same performance at a quarter of the power consumption. Four cores at half speed = twice the performance at the same power consumption as a single core.
  25. noneother macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2007
    what he said. Still have a first Gen iPhone. Was hoping (as most) the 3rd Gen woulda been announced this week!!

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