Imagination's PowerVR GPU's have shipped in every iOS device since the release of the iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod touch. Those early devices used the PowerVR SGX, while the iPad and iPhone 4 moved on to the PowerVR SGX 535, and finally the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S came packed with the PowerVR SGX543MP2. At CES today, they got ever-so-slightly more specific regarding the Series6 family of PowerVR GPU's, and it seems incredibly likely that we'll see them included in future iOS devices, judging by Apple's three-generation track record of utilizing Imagination's GPU technology.

Per the press release, gamers will be able to expect 20 times the performance of current generation hardware, along with a 5x boost in efficiency. Imagination has announced that 8 different outfits have signed up to utilize these new GPUs, but curiously enough, only list 6 of the companies. If I were a betting man, I'd put Apple as one of the two unlisted chip makers.

Needless to say, the potential these new GPUs have is just crazy to think about. The iPad 2 and iPhone 4S are already graphical powerhouses capable of rendering beautiful games like Infinity Blade 2, and imagining the next generation of devices potentially being 20 times more powerful is incredible.

  • Tim Cant

    So what you're saying is, we're DEF going to get GTA IV on iPhone 5? Excellent.

  • Mark

    Just to correct: the iPhone 3GS/iPod Touch 3G had the PowerVR SGX 535 as well, it was the devices before those that had an older PowerVR GPU (the PowerVR MBX Lite) 

  • pgbiz

    you also have to remember that a 20x performance increase on a graphics chip doesn't necessarily mean a 20x boost in terms of overall performance. iPad 2's GPU was 7x times faster in terms of graphics performance, but overall system performance was 2x.

    It does mean more and more complex shaders though

  • Anonymous

    A few things come to mind:

    - Will games cost MORE to develop? Or less? I'd think more because developers need to work that much harder to develop games that use all that power. But I'm also thinking less since they could probably use many of the assets they are already using in console versions of games

    - Will the cost of apps go up given the additional time that might be involved to develop "better" games to take advantage of that power.

    - Apple... please oh please... you've shown that you can have an impact on the mobile gaming market. This new chip can now really put a dent in the console market. I wish you'd really consider developing a traditional controller so that we can use our iPhones and iPads to replace our Xboxes and Playstations...

    • Alexei Baboulevitch

      Perhaps when iOS apps come to Apple TV, we'll get a real controller...

      • Anonymous

        Or when Apple finally releases the Console that I know they eventually will.,

  • Cary Groneveldt

    With this, I see absolutely ZERO reason why "Portal", "Portal 2", "Half-Life","Half-Life 2" & "Half-Life 3" [Look to GDC12 for *that* .....] can't all be bought to iPad 3.

    *Screw* iPhone ....

    • Mark

      just because something can be brought to a platform doesen't mean it will be brought to it. I also don't think the protal games would controll verry well.

    • Dorfdad


  • Anonymous

    I got all exited like a 7 year old, until I read the comments. I am still exited though! Maybe now is the time for no more 2nd gen iPod!

    • Silverfist Jewelry

      You got all exited? Hey, welcome back!


  • Steven Lewis

    Comments on some other technical web sites are suggesting it can not be in the iPad 3 as the chip won't show up in products until 2013. Just passing this along...

  • Anonymous

    Tha is AMAZING!! Oh I cant wait to get my hands on an ipad 4,the most powerfull mobile device on this planet, and finally be able to play angry birds and tiny wings at 1080p and 120 fps... Wake up Apple. Its time to do something with your appstore

  • Michael TheHacker

    hmm... Dead Island anyone??? Wouldnt that be sweet. also... use that new controller for ipad that came out (look back a page or 2 on the main page)

  • Anonymous

    Hmm I'm hoping this will make it into the iPhone 5, if it's not released until September again I see no reason why not. Let's not forget the first iPad borrowed the iPhone 4 chip as it was on the market first!