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iPad 2 will have dual core 1.2GHz processor?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 31 Jan 2011 2:18 User comments (3)

iPad 2 will have dual core 1.2GHz processor? According to new reports from Taiwanese component makers, the Apple iPad 2 will have dual core 1.2GHz processors, alongside a plethora of upgrades.
Furthermore, the company will produce 5 million units in the Q1, expecting strong sales of the device.

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the tablet will not have Retina Display, as previously rumored and will keep the same 1024x768 resolution as the original model.

Says the analyst (via Insider):

The improvement of the iPad 2 display focuses on thickness and anti-reflection, not resolution. iPad 2 display module is 30~35% thinner than iPad 1 and it’s helpful for better form factor.

Thanks to anti-reflection, iPad 2 could have better sunlight readable experience and it's helpful for Apple to compete with Amazon's fast growing Kindle business.

The most important reason why iPad 2 won’t have retina display is yield rate of panel making. At this point, making high resolution and bright IPS/FFS panel is not easy and the production volume and cost couldn’t meet Apple’s requirements.


In order to compete with upcoming tablets, (running WebOS, Android 3.0 and QNX), the iPad 2 will have a much more powerful CPU, GPU and more RAM.

Continues Kuo:

iPad 2 will use [ARM] Cortex-A9 dual core processor running at 1.2GHz. Increasing 1~2% single core processor clock results in a 3~5% power increase and dual core could get a better balance between computing power and power consumption. That's the reason why Apple will use dual core for iPad 2.

The iPad 2 will also have a GPU using Imagination’s SGX543 dual core graphics technology which is 200~300% powerful than iPhone 4.

For making full use of GPU upgrading advantage, iPad 2 needs bigger memory bandwidth. So iPad 2 has 512MB RAM, same as iPhone 4 and twice as much as iPad 1, but running at higher clock 1,066 MHz for getting bigger memory bandwidth (iPhone 4 memory clock is 800 MHz).


As reported in the past, the report concludes that the iPad 2 will have an SD card slot and dual cameras, but the cameras will be of the same quality as the iPod Touch, 1MP for the rear and 0.3MP for the front.

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3 user comments

131.1.2011 2:53

Looking pretty good.

231.1.2011 3:12

more apple locked down cr@p

331.1.2011 4:16

Originally posted by elbald90:
more apple locked down cr@p
Not true...Apple can't write security, so everything they make gets jailbroken. With a bit of luck someone will figure out a way to install honeycomb on this thing, and then it will be almost as good as all the other Android tablets.

I would bash the lo-res cameras, but I don't see much use for a camera on one of these things anyway. No one really uses that locked-down, apple-only video conferencing, but even if they did, the crummy cameras are up to the task of the crummy quality that you get with facetime anyway.

Quote:

The most important reason why iPad 2 won’t have retina display is yield rate of panel making. At this point, making high resolution and bright IPS/FFS panel is not easy and the production volume and cost couldn’t meet Apple’s requirements.


Apple PR -to- English translation: We decided to include a high quality display because we were charging for it anyway, but then decided to drop the display and just keep the price.

I like the SD card reader...but I really can't give them any credit there; it should have been on the first one, and I am guessing there is no XD support.

Really, if it were not for the operating system, the low production quality, and the high price, then it would be a decent tablet. Too bad all those other things exist, but I am sure that none of those things will hurt sales any. I wonder if Apple will be accepting Apple giftcards this time...


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