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With the new iPhone 5s and 5c handsets out, pundit attention has turned to another of Apple's flagship products, the iPad. What does Apple CEO Tim Cook have up his sleeve for us?
Rumors are circulating that Apple will unveil the new fifth-generation iPad at an event on October 22. But so far nothing – not even the date – has been confirmed by Apple. But the absence of any information from Apple doesn't mean that we can't make some educated guesses as to what the new iPad will bring.
The first mystery is the name. The new iPad? iPad 5? iPad 5x? iPad 5s?
Over the past few incarnations Apple has dropped the numeral from the name, but that makes it hard to differentiate the old new iPad from the new new iPad.
At the core of the flagship iPhone 5s is the 64-bit A7 processors which offers double the computational and graphics power of the A6 processors found in the iPhone 5. While the immediate benefits of a 64-bit processor aren't all that apparent yet, it is clear that Apple is paving the way for a switch to 64-bit, and I would fully expect this to be carried forward to the iPad 5. Some analysts believe that a 64-bit iPad would pile even more pressure on the PC industry.
However, since Apple uses a variant of the processor found in the iPhone in the iPad, I expect that the chip – which could be called the A7X if previous naming patterns are followed – to be customized for tablet use.
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