What could we learn about the new iPhone from the new iPad?
Posted March 21, 2012on:
Often the development of the iPhone and the iPad are in many ways intertwined. Mostly new features for Apple’s mobile products usually appear in the iPhone before they make it to the iPad, but that’s not the case with this latest release of the tablet.Support for LTE mobile phone networks and a new processor, the A5X, are two features found solely in the new iPad. That’s why some analysts believe they’re certainly headed for the next iPhone, expected to be released this summer. What new advances in the latest iPad will we see in the next version of Apple’s Smartphone?
Maintaining Battery Life
Battery life may have been an issue influencing Apple’s decision to introduce LTE in the iPad before it did it with the iPhone. It allows Apple to get better battery performance out of its LTE implementation. The iPad is a larger device so it can accommodate a larger battery, which helps with battery life. Battery life has been a bane for LTE. The fact that the new iPad has a nine-hour battery life with LTE enabled bodes well for the next iPhone. It shows they’re resolving the power drain issue with LTE. That suggests the next iPhone will support LTE without any battery life tradeoffs.
Keeping a Trim Figure
While the battery in the new iPad has the chops to support LTE, it does it without significantly increasing the device’s thickness, also good news for an LTE-enabled iPhone. It shows companies no longer have to forfeit thickness or industrial design in order to accommodate LTE.
Early introduction of LTE into the Apple ecosystem through the new iPad could also be designed to show the technology on an optimal device. LTE is the best cellular network technology for the kinds of media-rich activities that consumers are more likely to do on an iPad, like watching movies and Web surfing.
Dialing Down the A5X
Another innovation in the new iPad that may pop up in the next iPhone is the A5X processor. However, Apple may decide to reduce the clock speed of that chip, which has two processing cores and four graphic cores, if it does move it to the next iPhone. They might do what they did with the iPhone 4S. They’ll take the A5X and throttle it down so it works at 800MHz. The new iPhone won’t need all the horsepower that the tablet does. The iPad, for example, needs to power a much larger display than the iPhone and at a greater pixel density, 326 pixels per inch compared to 264 ppi.
Although it’s not a technological change, the iPad introduction also revealed a change in Apple’s naming conventions. The third generation iPad is just “the new iPad,” and when the next generation iPhone arrives, it will be “the new iPhone.” Apple has products like the MacBook and the iPod that don’t have numbers. They want to get away from the expectation that it has to have a number on the end to know if it’s a really big refresh or just a little refresh.
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