Apple Inc.'s announcement of the iPad mini on Oct. 23 was widely expected. It was the second announcement that caught many industry observers off guard—going against the typical one iPad-per-year product cycle, Apple stunned reporters with the announcement of a fourth-generation iPad (or iPad 4), just over six months since the launch of the iPad 3.
The iPad 4 introduces a new variant on the Apple A6 processor found within the iPhone 5. The Apple iPad 4 features the latest processor in the "A" family, the A6X. Like the A6, the A6X features two customized ARM cores. However, this new processor features four graphic cores, as opposed to the three graphic cores featured in the Apple A6.
Apart from the change in processor, Apple has been quite mum on what other changes are featured in the latest iPad. Will taking apart this device reveal some design changes from the previous generation iPad, or has Apple created a product that only requires a change of software and a swap out of processors? Taking a look inside will answer those questions.
Thanks to UBM Techinsights for this. It is quite remarkable that Apple released a new generation iPad with nothing changed except the processor and the connector. This is far more incremental than their usual once a year product upgrade, and that alone is newsworthy.
iPAD Mini has an option for phone connectivity.
Who supplies ICs - Qualcomm or somebody else? It would be nice to know !!
Purists will dismiss it but - Mini could also be used as a phone/video-phone with a good headset...
After all, what exactly is new in this iPad4 besides the CPU and lightning connector? With just an upgrade of IC with same functionality, I see not much innovation is in here! I frankly feel a bit disappointed with all 3 new products (iPad4, iPadmini, iPhone5) from Apple
IPAD Mini is a great form factor. IPAD4 is faster and supports a new connector that will form the basis of the ecosystem moving forward. IPhone5 carries on a form factor tradition that is successful.
I mean really for a tablet, what are you expecting? Screen is as good as needed now (except not 3D). Cameras are within limits of the technology (and cost). It's a tablet ... it does what is intended and well.
While Apple is about form factor, its really about ecosystem and interoperability. There is no need for whiz-bang features to achieve that. People buy them because they work.
I will add .... what do we expect when we get a new PC now? Faster, bigger screen with more resolution, more memory and storage. We do not expect wiz bang features as most of that occurred in the early days. After that is has been incremental. Tablets are already evolutionary not revolutionary so why expect a game changer all the time?
Don't think previous versions have the capability to use the 5.0 ghtz wifi band. My router has had this capability for a couple of years with nothing capable of using that band. This is great as there is a lot less traffic on the 5.0 band. This has convinced me that with the faster cpu and wifi, I am ready to get an iPad.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.