Saturday, January 10, 2009

Quad-Core iPhone

It seems that Apple might be working in an upgraded quad-core iPhone.

Considering all the recent movements and buzz surrounding Apple and some specialized hardware companies, I think that's not without merit.

Just imagine an iPhone with a unique quad core CPU, where each core might be suited for specific tasks. In idle mode it could be running from a very efficient extra-low power core; and activate the remaining higher power cores only when needed.

The same thing would happen with the new next generation PowerVR 3D graphics chips.

Mix that with the new custom molded batteries presented in their new laptops, and we could end not only with a higher performance quad-core iPhone - but one that would last longer as well.

I find it much more likely they're working on such a thing than the rumoured iPhone Nano.

Who knows, the new iPhone can even have a front facing camera hidden behind its display.

At least, I think it's only logical that they keep up focusing in a "single" base model than start spreading their resources through a miriad of different models each with different specs.

Let's hope that the new 3.0 firmware will also squash some of the quirks that keep the excelent iPhone experience from becoming virtually "perfect."

For instance, how can they explain we still can't do something as simple and common as deleting a single SMS from a list of SMS received from/sent to one of your contacts?
Why can't we send someone's contact information to another iPhone in a simple and intuitive way (without using a 3rd party app)?

And worse still - in a technical point of view - how can there be Apps warning us of "iPhone is low on memory, please reboot it"?

Let's face it - that might be common on a Windows Mobile device, with who-knows-how-many processes running in the background; but... on the iPhone? C'mon!?!
If you don't even allow a process to run in the background, why can't you make sure the free memory is always "free" when a program ends running?

Don't take me the wrong way - I was used to resetting my WinMo Pocket PC every week or so, while I can't even remember the last time I rebooted my iPhone; but I can't stop feeling cheated when I open one of those more memory intensive Apps like the Remote Desktop client and get a "your iPhone is low on memory" - which almost always ends up with me being thrown back to the home screen. (Which is a thousand times better than crashing the iPhone, I know, but... where is that used memory going? - Please fix it Apple.)

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