Next Apple iPad To Come With ARM Cortex A9 Processor

Apple will update its popular iPad tablet with a Cortex A9-based processor according to a senior analyst at Taiwan-based news agency Digitimes.

Mingchi Kuo said that Apple is very likely to swap the A4 for a more powerful processor, which we shall assume will be manufactured by Samsung and will share a number of characteristics with the latter's Hummingbird family.

Kuo says that Apple will stick with a 9.7-inch screen for the iPad and 512MB RAM with the new version of the tablet likely to be launch in the first few months of 2011.

He also claims that Apple will introduce a 7-inch model of the iPad which will have the same specifications as its bigger brother complete with a 1024x768 pixel IPS panel and a Cortex A9.

There's no apparently reason, we understand, that would encourage Apple to move to a smaller screen for the iPad. The 9.7-inch version is selling very well and a 7-inch model would possibly cannibalise sales of its bigger brother rather than complement them.

Should the next iPad get a more powerful processor or is the current A4 more than sufficient? Let us know.