How do you recall such a problem? What can you really do? This is a design problem, you can't throw a washer on it an send it back to the consumer. Will Apple with 100 billion free dollars sitting around take back every iPad and replace them with something that works?
Let me tell you how I think they will fix it. They will downclock the GPU. They are going to put out a software update to scale back graphics performance.
When they attempt to "fix the symptom" instead of throwing out this trash and giving their clients new iPads at the caliper of what they expect then you know we're in the post iPad era.
Steve Jobs thought he was so brilliant by going with ARM in the iPad. How's his magic thinking working now? "I got it, let's pretend the iPad doesn't have a problem."
Had they gone with Intel they wouldn't be in this situation. They would be at 32nm on the processor right now.
"He could even spin off the division."
A division to make their own processors?
Why would he want to compete with Intel ?
I hear there is new IPad application out there:
etch a sketch
'Had they gone with Intel they wouldn't be in this situation. They would be at 32nm on the processor right now. '
Not true as 32nm Medfield has yet to make a production appearance. It would also take the dual-core Z2580 with its higher clocked dual-core MP543 gpu to be able to replace the quad-core MP543 gpu in A5X and that's not appearing until 2013. The Z2580 or OMAP5 would both make good replacements for the A5X if Apple decide to give up on chip building.
"The Z2580 or OMAP5 would both make good replacements for the A5X if Apple decide to give up on chip building."
Apple needs someone with an extendable, reliable, longterm manufacturing road map.
Than Apple can time Apple products according to the roadmap with minimum risk and unpleasant surprises.
I don't understand Apple - they must have known about this heat issue and decided to take the risk - probably would have been smarter to wait 3 months but Cook didn't have the balls to do the right thing because WS would have Apple ripped apart.
Nobody can tell me Apple was happy having to use this "legacy" process -
like a Porsche with a VW beetle engine.
(Maybe not good example because the classic Porsche boxer engine and beetle engine are cousins)
You don't think that if Apple placed an order for 20 million Medfield processors six weeks ago Intel could have made them?
I think Intel could crank out Medfield by the tens of thousands almost overnight if they want to. Yes some lines would have to get shut down to make this happen.