Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, speculates that the next generation iPad and iPhone will come equipped with dual-core processors to compete with RIM and Motorola’s upcoming tablet offerings. Dual-core is already standard on desktop and laptop computers, so introducing the technology to iOS devices is the logical next step, and will allow the iPad and iPhone (likely the iPod Touch as well, if history is any guide) to be much more powerful.
Considering the rate at which new-and-improved Android phones are being pumped out of factories, it would be wise of Apple to upgrade the CPU sooner, rather than later. Waiting until the next product cycle in 2012 could cause them to loose ground.
Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer. A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores.
Dual-core processors are better suited to multitasking as opposed to their half-witted counterparts, and will definitely give the devices a very noticeable performance boost— though hopefully not at the expense of battery life.