Recent iOS 4.3 findings not only confirm that Apple is preparing brand new iPhones and iPads for unveiling (as well as a new Apple TV), but that the former group is also getting PowerVR SGX543 graphics.
As noted by MacRumors, Cupertino has been faithful to the powerful POWERVR SGX535 from Imagination Technologies for quite a while now.
The GPU was originally implemented in the iPhone 3GS. Apple continued to leverage its capabilities through its own A4 system-on-chip (SoC) applications processor, which was specifically designed for Apple products.
As for the PowerVR SGX543, it is known to support dual-core processors and OpenCL (Open Computing Language), a technology used by Apple’s Snow Leopard desktop operating system.
OpenCL would allow iOS to reap GPU benefits, including full HD output, increased battery life, etc.
Since its introduction for licensing in January 2009, the SGX543 is taking its first baby steps towards being included in mobile devices, MacRumors points out.
As reported last week, with the seeding of iOS 4.3 betas to developers, Apple indirectly confirmed not only the existence of three new iPads, but also new-generation iPhone models.
Since the new iOS 4.3 beta SDK also includes references to a driver bundle supporting the graphics processor core, it is widely believed that Apple is planning to adopt it in the next-generation iPhone 5.
It is also said that Apple’s iPhone 5 will ship with an 8-megapixel back-facing camera, as well as a new Omnivision OV8820 sensor.
Reliable sources cited by Engadget last week said that the next-generation iPhone will be a “completely re-designed handset” equipped with a new Apple-branded A5 CPU and the same dual GSM/CDMA cellular/data chip found in the new iPad.
At least two of the products designated in various code strings found in the iOS SDK were, and still are believed to be CDMA and GSM versions of Apple’s iPhone 5.
According to a report by the Boy Genius Report citing people who are allegedly familiar with the activity on Apple’s Cupertino campus, Apple is already testing next-generation iPads and iPhones which bear no physical Home buttons.