FRUIT THEMED GADGET SELLER Apple is working on quad-core IOS devices, according to reports.
According to 9 to 5 Mac, updated processing core management software that supports the dual-core processing enabled by the A5 Iphone and Ipad chip, as well as quad-core processing, is hidden deep inside the latest IOS 5.1 beta.
Apparently the Iphone and Ipad quad-core chip references come through a hidden panel that describes cores supported by IOS device hardware, and the updated core management software includes an option of "/cores/core.3", which represents a fourth available processing core.
Experts say that core references begin at "0", so a single core device would be limited to "/cores/core.0" and a dual-core device would appear as "/cores/core.1".
The first-generation Ipad chip was clocked at 1GHz with the single core A4 processor, and the device was bumped up to dual-core chip with the A5 processor a year later.
Although this hint in Apple's IOS 5.1 beta software doesn't necessarily mean that a quad-core chip will feature in its next generation Iphone and Ipad devices, the cappuccino company would be wise to use one sooner rather than later. µ