Apple’s next-gen iPad likely loaded with iPhone 5s hand-me-downs

“In large families, it’s common to pass on an older child’s clothes to a younger one. The same is true in the Apple product family. It’s common to pass on features introduced in the big brother iPhone to the little brother iPad. That appears to be the case with the next-generation iPad Air — if the latest gaggle of rumors are to be believed,” John P. Mello Jr. reports for TechNewsWorld. “‘Historically, there’s been a relationship between the iPhone and iPad product launches in that the iPad inherits what was most recently introduced on iPhone,’ Jeff Orr, senior practice director for mobile devices at ABI Research, explained to TechNewsWorld.”

“‘What we haven’t seen to this point is new advancements appearing on the iPad and then making their way over to the iPhone,’ he said,” Mello Jr. reports. “The next iPad will get Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader and a camera upgrade to put it on par with the iPhone 5s. The front-facing camera will be bumped from 1.2 megapixels to 1.5 MP, and the rear-facing camera from 5 MP to 8 MP. It also may support a dual LED flash, burst mode for stills, and a slow motion mode for video.”

“It’s likely to receive the same processor upgrade that the next iPhone is expected to get, moving from the dual-core, 64-bit A7 chip to the quad-core A8 chip,” Mello Jr. reports. “Since the A7 already outperforms many mobile quad-core chips from other manufacturers, the prospect of an Apple quad-core processor is building anticipation among some of the company’s fans.”

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  1. iPad “inherits” what the new iPhone has, mostly because its current annual “new model” release date comes after iPhone. When the first iPad came out in April 2010, it had an A4 processor BEFORE the iPhone 4 (the first iPhone with an A4). At that time, the iPad annual release date was before iPhone.

    So, “What we haven’t seen to this point is new advancements appearing on the iPad and then making their way over to the iPhone.” The author was not very thorough in research.

    The one feature that is actually a clear “hand-me-down” is the Touch ID home button. In that case, Apple wanted to “try it” on one device (and work out any issues), before making it a feature on all new devices.

    1. Gee… Clear, cogent and well written remarks. What’s a reader to do! ken1w, you must be in a concise and profound mode of response today. Well said.

      Did you notice that Orr is a practice director! Still getting his fingers wet on a keyboard. Moved up from an Etch-A-Sketch. Could be that’s why he is vaporous in his prognostications.


  2. Minor upgrades. The fingerprint sensor will be of more value to Apple than it would appear at first look. Payments and credit cards. The larger iPad should be on the horizon soon.

  3. When the iPad was released in the spring it would get components ahead of the summer/fall iPhone launches. A-series chips, LTE cell radio, etc. This is true going back to the iPhone 4. I think the 5s was the first time this relationship was inverted.

  4. Maybe the iPhone gets stuff first because it’s the flagship product and bigger seller. Since the technology is still ahead of what the rest of the market offers it’s hardly as if the device is compromised.

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