Apple Tablet Might Use Apple's Own Processors

If you haven't had your fill of Apple tablet rumours today, Dean Takahashi says that the tablet's processor will be designed in-house, making it the first chip to come out of Apple's PA Semi acquisition over a year ago.

Which is more telling than it would seem, actually, if true. From what we've seen of PA Semi's activities in Apple, they're working on ARM chips—the same kind of chip that's in most mobile phones.

It's possible they're working on other chip designs, but given what we've heard previously, it seems to suggest the possibility that the tablet could be running on ARM chips, along with the iPhone and iPod touch. ARM scales pretty well, but if the tablet was using ARM, it'd suggest something closer to a netbook in power, not the MacBook Pro Touch that Jesus strokes himself to sleep every night dreaming about. Which incidentally, would fit neatly under the recently entirely Pro-ified notebook lineup.

But you know what we say about rumours: Never trust them. [Venture Beat]