According to 9to5Mac, the next generations of iPhone and iPad could be equipped with a quad-core processor instead of what can be found today in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
Delving into the internal files of the latest beta version of iOS 5.1, the team found a reference to a Quad-Core processor in the software.
The report cited an “extremely reliable and knowledgeable people familiar with iOS’s inner workings,” explaining that references to quad-core iPhone and iPad chips were found in “a hidden panel that describes cores that are supported by iOS device hardware.”
The number 0 indicates the presence of a core (the A4 chip), then the number 1 that of two cores (the A5 chip in the second image), and 3 points point to the possibility of using four cores.
The fact that this future processor is quad-core is still speculation but the site 9to5Mac suggests that the elements present in iOS 5.1 Beta attest to the management of such a gadget.
A quad-core processor will add extra power for gaming and global navigation.