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Analyst claims Apple A6 may not ship until June

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Fri August 26, 2011

Analyst thinks iPad 3 may be stalled by A6 chip

Senior analyst Kevin Krewell of The Linley Group asserted in a research note that Apple's A6 processor would be relatively late. Citing a Taiwan Economic News article as part of his support, he believed the A6 wouldn't be in full production until spring at the earliest. To get it into a shipping product would mean the A6 not arriving until "at least" June, Krewell said.

He attributed the claimed delay to the complexity. A quad-core design will be commonplace next year, but the move to a 28 nanometer manufacturing process, a possible switch from Samsung to TSMC for production, and the possible use of 3D chip stacking technology could all lead to setbacks. The chip would be at least competent and could easily blow past NVIDIA, whose decision to use 40 nanometer manufacturing for Kal-El (Tegra 3) could hurt battery life, costs, and speed.

The claims are tentative and are being based partly on guesses that the "timing makes sense" from a newspaper whose claims aren't verifiable. TSMC is also already believed to be doing test production runs and isn't likely to be waiting several months to start mass production. Most competitors will have their own quad-core ARM chips out in force early next year.

Apple could further have an incentive to keep up its current trend towards shipping in early spring. Samsung, LG, and other primarily Android-based companies are all expected to at least show their next-generation tablets in the first two months of the year, if not ship them to stores.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. samirsshah

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    What Apple should do...

    1) Buy TSMC.

    2) Start fixing TSMC for long term.

    3) For short term, introduce iPhone 5 with A5 chip for October.

    4) Introduce iPad 3 in June or an even month or two later with an A6 as a NORMAL update with retina display and all other things that go with a NORMAL update.

    All this is becuase retina display iPad 3 REQUIRES A6 so there is no choice. And if the A6 chip is so late (in June) the retina displays will be freely available and there will be fierece competition between retina display manufactureres so the retina displays will be cheap enough so why not introduce iPad 3 with retina diplays as a NORMAL update rather than an upmarket update.

    IPhone 5 with A5 can fill the customer's 'no introduction for a long time and I want something new' gap. It can be in October to take advantage of holidays.

  1. samirsshah

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    iPad3 NORMAL...

    can go till 2012 holidays.

  1. samirsshah

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    I have lost trust in Android...

    (for India) but Amazon can be a real wildcard for Apple and can change many equations.

  1. samirsshah

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    Mid Term Kicker...

    for iPad2, LTE...

  1. samirsshah

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    Mid Term Kicker...

    for iPad2, More memory...

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