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Apple to Use AMD Fusion CPUs for New Apple TV?

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 35 comments

Last week we heard from iLounge that Apple was prepping a smaller iPad, new iPods and a new iPhone (5?) design. Now we're seeing similar things from another source.

Digitimes, citing work from its own research team, says that Apple will launch a new iPad with the ARM Cortex A9 chip. The current iPad and iPhone uses a Cortex A8 chip, but the A9 will open the door to multiple core configurations. The next iPad will also supposedly receive a memory bump to 512MB, putting it in like with the iPhone 4.

Also coming will be a smaller, 7-inch iPad that will carry the same upgraded hardware specs and the same 1024x768 resolution.

Rumors have also been circulating of a CDMA-equipped iPhone for 2011, and Digitimes thinks that it'll have a metal-backed plate with an integrated antenna. Considering Apple's new deal with Liquidmetal Alloy, the metal-body could be a real thing.

Perhaps most interesting could be the new Apple TV for December, which Digitimes says will be based on an AMD Fusion chip. AMD and Apple have been rumored to be working together, and a standalone product like the Apple TV could be the perfect place to start their relationship.

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    Parsian , August 10, 2010 1:09 PM
    GO AMD!!!!!!!!!!
  • 11 Hide
    DjEaZy , August 10, 2010 2:02 PM
    ParsianGO AMD!!!!!!!!!!

    ... go AMD/ATi...
  • 11 Hide
    ravewulf , August 10, 2010 1:38 PM
    Quote:
    ...metal-backed plate with an integrated antenna

    Another "you're holding it wrong" product?
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  • 3 Hide
    belardo , August 10, 2010 1:07 PM
    Finally!
  • 21 Hide
    Parsian , August 10, 2010 1:09 PM
    GO AMD!!!!!!!!!!
  • 7 Hide
    830hobbes , August 10, 2010 1:15 PM
    Smaller iPad with the iPhone OS... sounds like an iPod touch...
  • 7 Hide
    Kaiser_25 , August 10, 2010 1:33 PM
    sounds like another waste of cash for the apple fanboys..yays
  • 11 Hide
    ravewulf , August 10, 2010 1:38 PM
    Quote:
    ...metal-backed plate with an integrated antenna

    Another "you're holding it wrong" product?
  • 11 Hide
    DjEaZy , August 10, 2010 2:02 PM
    ParsianGO AMD!!!!!!!!!!

    ... go AMD/ATi...
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    COLGeek , August 10, 2010 2:08 PM
    Makes sense for Apple to pursue an AMD solution. Hard to beat the performance to cost ration, as well as AMD's ever increasing power efficiency while maintaining excellent processing performance. Sounds like a win/win/win for Apple/AMD/consumers.

    Now, lets just hope Apple doesn't take cool tech and turn it into apple sauce.
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    Pei-chen , August 10, 2010 2:33 PM
    How would AMD/ATI/Anti-Apple fanboys take this news? Hard to criticize Apple if it running AMD hardware I suppose.

    BTW, Apple is the only “computer” company that can sell AMD product without making it a budget choice. Every other company has AMD in sub-$600 PC but as soon as you increased your budget, every offering is Intel.
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    danimal_the_animal , August 10, 2010 2:52 PM
    1024x768 is CACA!
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    back_by_demand , August 10, 2010 3:02 PM
    I wonder if using a cheaper CPU will mean a more expensive price for the customer.
    Watch this space...
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    dgingeri , August 10, 2010 3:16 PM
    danimal_the_animal1024x768 is CACA!

    yep
  • 3 Hide
    SirDevon , August 10, 2010 3:28 PM
    danimal_the_animal1024x768 is CACA!

    Gee, it's only a 7" screen. I think it's more than enough.
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    rambo117 , August 10, 2010 3:58 PM
    SirDevonGee, it's only a 7" screen. I think it's more than enough.

    Ya, my 7" netbook is 1024x600, so Im pretty sure the ipad is at a reasonable rez.

    on a sidenote, Archos 9 > iPad ;) 
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    fazers_on_stun , August 10, 2010 4:02 PM
    Isn't this the third try for Apple TV? Abysmal failure the first 2 times around, dunno if this is gonna make any difference to buyers..
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    irh_1974 , August 10, 2010 4:06 PM
    fazers_on_stunIsn't this the third try for Apple TV? Abysmal failure the first 2 times around, dunno if this is gonna make any difference to buyers..

    That's cos Apple TV isn't as cool as iTV
    But good luck trying to steal that name like they did with iPhone...
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    miloo , August 10, 2010 4:08 PM
    even they use AMD,they still charge you like those freaking high rates ~
    steve want more moneysssss ~
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    ares1214 , August 10, 2010 4:16 PM
    Apple, stop making this crap. You all should have stopped at the ipod and iphone. Better yet, make a working iphone. itv, ipad, everything i useless, and is a terrible waste of money. OR even better, make a decent computer with amd that costs LESS than $1000. Hell, ill even take less than $2000!
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    freiheitner , August 10, 2010 4:37 PM
    I foresee the next iPhone not being called iPhone 5 but iPhone 4G (which would make sense if they add 4G network support).
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    hellwig , August 10, 2010 4:50 PM
    Apple + AMD kinda makes sense. I think the biggest reason that Apple is moving to AMD is because Intel is being such a dick about licensing its chipset technology to Nvidia. If Nvidia can't make chipsets for the latest Intel processors, than Apple has a split: it can't use Nvidia for lower-end systems that use on-board graphics, and Intel doesn't have a high-end graphics solution, so apple would have to start catering to two different types of systems, something it doesn't like doing.

    AMD offers solutions across the board, from Fusion to chipsets with on-board graphics to high-end graphics cards (both consumer and professional). AMD offers the one-stop shopping so popular with Apple.

    Not that Intel cares, but this is just another spot where their "keep everything Intel" attitude is hurting, not helping.
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    hellwig , August 10, 2010 4:55 PM
    Pei-chenHow would AMD/ATI/Anti-Apple fanboys take this news?

    The same way Intel fanboys did 6 years ago, they still won't buy Apple, because its still too expensive. Like you said, Apple will be the only company that won't release a "budget" AMD option. After all, they don't know how to make a computer for under $500 that doesn't provide enought profit marginsuck."
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