The $399 iPad 2 Has New Tech Inside


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This might just look like gibberish, but it proves the new $399 iPad 2 has a better processor inside.

Did you think the $399 iPad 2 was just Apple cleaning out inventory? Think again: the iPad 2,4, as its known inside its own firmware, has a new A5 chip built upon a 32 nanometer process, which means it’s cheaper for Apple to make… and potentially more battery efficient to boot.

Anandtech reports:

The end result is that if you’re an iPad2,4 owner, you’ve got Samsung 32nm HKMG silicon inside. There’s no doubt about iPad2,4 being out and in the wild either, as a number of geekbench 2 runs have popped up since release on their online result browser, which I’ve been watching like a hawk. As an aside, performance between the S5L8942 (A5R2) and S5L8940 (A5) is virtually unchanged between the iPad2,4 and iPad2,1 if you compare runs on the result browser.

The interesting other question is whether iPad2,4 owners have improved battery life compared to those with iPad2,1 (WiFi), though admittedly that’s not going to be a common upgrade path for existing iPad 2 owners to check out. I no longer own an iPad 2 but am going to set out to measure and compare to see just how much of a difference there is, which in turn might say something interesting about Samsung’s 32nm HKMG process.

So there you go. It stands to reason that the new iPad 2 is at least a squidge more battery efficient than the A5 in the previous model, since a smaller nanometer process tends to increase battery life, but either way, you’re not just getting Apple’s leftovers… and the new 32nm A5 chips that don’t entirely pass muster are being handed down to the 1080p Apple TV for extra efficiency. Hurrah!

  • Michael Jennings

    Okay, so Apple as a 32nm A5 SoC that they are presently using in the iPad 2 (dual core) and in the latest AppleTV (single core). Presumably they are trying out this 32nm process for components for relatively low volume products in preparation for using it for higher volume products, and they are binning the output in such a way so that those with two good cores go in the iPad 2 and those with only one good core go in the AppleTV.

    The questions are:

    (1) What is going in the next iPhone? Is it going to be this 32nm A5, a 32nm version of the A5X in the new iPad, or is it going to a new “A6”? Given the size and power constraints for the iPhone are tighter than for the iPad, I would guess it will be a 32nm *something*, but what?

    (2) Is this part going in anything else? We haven’t had a new iPod touch for over 18 months, other than a new colour. Put this new 32nm A5 along with a better camera than the present one in the iPod touch, and that would be a solid upgrade. It wouldn’t surprise me much if we were to see it soon.

  • jonathanlking

    What is the app in the photograph for converting Hex to readable text called?

  • intpig

    What is the app in the photograph for converting Hex to readable text called?

    I use one called Hex fiend, but it doesn’t look like that