Did Apple’s A4 iPad Processor Cost $1 Billion To Develop?


Apple’s new iPad will feature a new processor which was developed by Apple [AAPL], and it is based on an ARM Cortex A9 MPCore processor, but how much did this chip cost Apple to develop?

According to the New York Times, the Apple A4 processor could have cost Apple as much as $1 Billion to develop, which is quite a bit of cash, but that doesn’t take into account the cost of building a factory to produce the processors which could be as much as $3 Billion.

Did Apple's A4 iPad Processor Cost $1 Billion To Develop

Apple certainly has the cash for these sorts of ventures, and if the development of the A4 chip did cost that much we can probably expect to see it and other variants appear in a range of Apple devices as well as the iPad.

Maybe in the future we will see Apple designed processors in their range of MacBooks and Mac computers, and possible new versions of the Apple iPhone, I wonder what processor the next generation iPhone will have.

NYT via Everything iPad, Slash Gear


  • Ron

    What was the point of writing these 2 paragraphs Roland because reading all 2 of them is a total waste of time. Is this your idea of journalism? 2 paragraphs of basically nothing?

  • charlie

    I agree. Four lines just to clock up the multitude of banner adverts on the right. Lame and greedy

  • http://www.geeky-gadgets.com Roland Hutchinson

    Hi Guys

    Thanks for your comments, we don’t claim to be professional journalists. We write a large amount of articles a day, reporting on the latest gadgets and technology news.

    Some are longer than others. We will however take your comments on board.

    :)

  • Will Finch

    I think you guys are being a little rude.
    Actually you’re both being very rude.
    If it’s such a “total waste of time” why bother wasting said precious time by broadcasting your disgust?
    I’m sure you have something useful to be doing. Please say you do.