Apple to Use AMD Fusion CPUs for New Apple TV?

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • belardo
  • Parsian
    GO AMD!!!!!!!!!!
  • 830hobbes
    Smaller iPad with the iPhone OS... sounds like an iPod touch...
  • Kaiser_25
    sounds like another waste of cash for the apple fanboys..yays
  • ravewulf
    ...metal-backed plate with an integrated antenna
    Another "you're holding it wrong" product?
  • DjEaZy
    ParsianGO AMD!!!!!!!!!!... go AMD/ATi...
  • COLGeek
    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.
  • Pei-chen
    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.
  • danimal_the_animal
    1024x768 is CACA!
  • back_by_demand
    I wonder if using a cheaper CPU will mean a more expensive price for the customer.
    Watch this space...