Here’s an interesting tidbit comes to us from the inner source code of the Apple’s latest Xcode version, the compiler suite suggests that the new version of the software supports Marvell’s quad-core, ARM processors too, along with the Apple’s own custom built A-Series chip.
The discovery of the such support into the Xcode suggest us that Apple might be working to ditch its own custom built A-series core processors which are currently uses in the iPhone 4 and iPad, iPad 2 and will go to power the next generation devices with Marvell’s quad core processors.
As Ars noted:
An Armada XP-powered prototype logic board would allow iOS or Mac OS X software engineers to experiment with performance tuning and other optimizations, while Apple’s hardware design team—comprised largely of former PA Semi and Intrinsity engineers—could continue working on a possible quad-core ARM design to be manufactured somewhere down the road.
Might be few iOS prototypes running on these marvell processor chips to give a in house test shot on it, Apple is almost ready to start producing its own based quad core A6 processor chips for the next year iOS devices launch.