It's been rumored that an updated Time Capsule model will cache and distribute downloads from the app store. Now sources tell Ars Technica that Time Capsule will have an A4 or A5 processor and run iOS, like AppleTV. [Ars Technica]
The iPhone is made of aluminosilicate glass. Apple says it's "chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic" and it's "ultradurable and more scratch resistant than ever." Still not enough to survive a 3.5-foot drop.
There's not much secret left in the sauce for the iPad's A4 chip—it's a faster, customized version of what's inside the iPhone 3GS. But the recipe probably comes from a tiny chip design firm Apple purchased, called Intrinsity.
Tear down the iPad, and you see that the internals are quite similar to the iPhone's, albeit nested behind a giant battery.Tear down Apple's new A4 processor, though, and you see just how deep the similarities run.
There's a lot of speculation about what's inside the A4, Apple's custom and ultra-power-efficient chip that powers the iPad. Nobody knows for sure because, like all their products, it's a seeeeeecret. Until now.
That's the moral of this NYT story about the bubbling war in mobile chips. They're expensive to make. And, no one's better at making them than Intel, whose manufacturing tech is years ahead of anybody else.
A curious tidbit from VentureBeat: The A4 chip that Apple's pimping hardcore in iPad promos might not've been done by their PA Semi team (which Apple acquired for $278 million). Their source says it was designed by Apple's existing VLSI team, who made custom chips like northbridges for the old G5 Macs.