iPad 3 likely to feature quadcore processor

Developer suggests iPad quadcore inclusion likely

Android and tablet competition creating chip war as hardware changes

Apple’s iPad 3 will have to feature a quadcore processor in order to keep up with the tablet competition, Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson has told T3.

“I’d be very surprised if the iPad 3 didn’t have a quadcore processor and I’d expect it to have the graphic-card equivalent to the Nvidia 8700 series,” the Sports Interactive director said. “We have very good relationships with a lot of chipset and hardware manufacturers who’ve given us their roadmaps, and they’re drool-worthy.”

Sports Interactive’s bestselling football management game is finally available on Apple’s iPad platform, having enjoyed success on iPhone and iPod Touch already, but Jacobson sees the emerging tablet market as the one to watch.

“The iPad 2 is a fantastic device, and far and away the best tablet out there at the moment, but this market is changing more rapidly than any other chip war that I can remember,” he said. “Even when the PC market went up from dualcore to quadcore, there was a couple of years in between. I definitely think that within 18 months we’ll see quadcore processors and fancy-dan graphics cards in tablets, and it could even be by the end of the year.

“As a gadget geek myself, it’s fascinating. For the first time I’m actually sitting here not buying technology as I think something better is going to be round the corner. There will be a rash of devices this Christmas that will surprise people.”

Football Manager Handheld 2011 is out now on iPad for £6.99 from the App Store, but those who already own the iPhone or iPod Touch version can download the iPad version for free.

“We don’t have to be the first on a platform, but we do have to be the best,” added Jacobson. “We kind of ignored the iPad 1 as the iPhone version of Football Manager Handheld worked perfectly fine upscaled. But with the iPad 2, we saw it and went, ‘Hmm.’ It was a bit like playing a black and white game on a colour screen. It now goes like sh*t off a shovel. ”

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