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iPad’s A4 chip based on ARM Cortex A8?

According to a new report, Apple’s A4 chip, announced as the processor inside the iPad, is based on a single ARM Cortex A8 processing core, instead of a multi-core ARM Cortex A9 chip as had been previously reported. Citing multiple anonymous sources, Ars Technica reports that the A4 chip houses both a single Cortex A8 core and a PowerVR SGX GPU, similar to those found in the iPhone 3GS, and speculates that the company significantly pared down the I/O connections of the A8, possibly removing the IR handler, still and video camera support, and keypad controller. Notably, however, the author of the report seems to have been unaware of the iPad’s support for external displays, correcting a statement claiming that “no external display attachment has been announced” to say that “the latest rumors from the SDK indicate that there is external display support, and at least one company has announced an adaptor,” ignoring completely that Apple itself has announced such an accessory; the report also makes no mention of Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit.

Ubisoft releases Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer, free for a limited time

Ubisoft has released a multiplayer version of its popular Assassin’s Creed II game exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch. The multiplayer version of the game allows players to compete with up to three other player-controlled assassins over a Wi-Fi connection. The goal for each player is to hunt down the other players and assassinate them by using stealth and hiding in amongst non-player characters. The game provides three different playing environments from Assassin’s Creed II, six different power-ups, online leaderboards and an integrated friends system for challenging other players. As part of a 48-hour launch promotion, Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer is currently free on the App Store. The normal price is $3.

Associated Press plans iPad app

The Associated Press has announced that it plans to develop a native iPad application for accessing AP news content as part of an initiative to create new experiences for consuming news on various mobile devices. To facilitate this The Associated Press has created a new strategic business unit, AP Gateway that will be responsible for developing new business opportunities for multimedia news. Speaking with the Colorado Press Association, Tom Curley, president and CEO of The Associated Press indicated that their new AP Gateway unit will “allow the news industry to deliver the news directly to the consumer in a variety of exciting new ways.” The AP Gateway unit builds upon the company’s existing AP Mobile application with a goal of creating user experiences that are tailored to specific target devices such as the iPad, rather than simply displaying generic content. A release date and price for the iPad application has not yet been announced. [via Mac Rumors]

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