The latest iPad 2 specs revealed many things, but it was the new Apple A5 Chip that impressed the most; not because it is twice as powerful as the A4 processor, but because it does not demand any more power from the battery. This is certainly a big deal, as you will be able to still get 10 hours battery life while playing games that are more demanding.
The idea behind a dual-core processor is how it can do two things at the same time, so all of your apps will now run more smoothly. It was because of the A5 Chip that Apple was able to improve graphics performance by up to 9x – it really does seem as the iPad 2 has been designed for gamers in mind.
Apple knew that they had to get the battery performance just right, some might have expected more than 10 hours, but we believe that this is an ideal trade-off, and still bests a number of rival tablets on/coming the market. There have been a few suggestions that Apple has only done enough with the specs of the 2nd generation iPad, but would you agree?
We would hate to side with Apple on this, but it is as if they cannot win. For some time we have been asking for a dual-core processor, improved graphics, slimmer design and two cameras – has Apple not delivered all of that to us? Yes they might have been able to give us more, but this is an evolution process. Can you remember this time last year when we were all making fun of the first iPad, we think 15 million units sold worldwide speaks for itself.
The A5 processor is not the first dual-core processor on the market, but it is the first time that one as powerful as this has been used in a tablet that will sell in the millions.
Is the A5 chip enough, or should Apple have done more to blow the competition out of the water?