What do you hope Apple will change with the next generation of iPad Air? It is already about as thin as can be and last year’s redesign made it slimmer than ever. For me, there are three updates I’d like to see. I wish Apple would make the iPad’s camera as good as the iPhone’s. I look forward to the added security of Touch ID. The only other improvement I can possibly imagine is a faster processor chip. Not that the A7 isn’t incredibly fast. However, there is always room for advancements in mobile technology.
Chinese media outlet cnBeta recently claimed insider knowledge that Apple’s A8 processor chip will reach speeds of 2.0 GHz or higher per core. If the rumors are true, Apple’s iOS devices will be the fastest on record by leaps and bounds.
The first-generation iPad Air was already faster than any other tablet on the market with speeds clocked at 1.4 GHz. Adding 600 MHz to the equation will blow the competition, including the current model iPad Air, out of the water.
The report also noted that Apple will continue to use 64-bit, dual-core architecture. However, the chip will be upgraded to a 20-nanometer process instead of the current 28-nanometer in the A7 chip. This means that the chip will be smaller and take up less energy, which will in-turn make the iPad perform better overall.
I’ve been hoping for a quad-core processor for a while now. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that four is not necessarily better than two, at least, in the case of mobile processor chips. Primate Labs’ Android benchmark chart shows a number of quad-core Android-based devices with speeds well-below Apple’s mobile devices. The highest speed comes from the HTC One, which only provides 801.2 MHz per core. It is obvious that Apple is focused on getting the best performance out of its A series chip and does not feel the need to bog down mobile devices with quad-core processing.
One additional feature that would help boost the A8 chip’s ability and give the iPad a much-needed performance enhancement would be 2 GB of RAM. Some would argue that mobile devices don’t need that much RAM, but as technology improves, so do memory needs. The extra RAM would help speed up things like web browsing on iOS.