3 Things We Learned About the iPad 5 From the iPhone 5S Announcement

3 Things We Learned About the iPad 5 From the iPhone 5S Announcement

The impending release of the iPhone 5S doesn’t just impact customers hoping to get their hands on Apple’s newest smartphone. It also means a nice upgrade for the iPad, with the next version of Apple’s iOS being released on September 18th. In addition to the upgrades featured in iOS 7, we can also tell a few things about the iPad 5 from the features includes in the iPhone 5S.

The iPad 5’s home button will double as a fingerprint scanner. This will double as a security measure and an easy way to purchase music, movies and apps. I know I sometimes get tired of entering my password every time I want to download an app, so just pressing a finger against the home button is going to be very nice.

The iPad 5 will have a separate CPU dedicated to reading and reaction to motion sensors. This is a bit more important for the iPhone since it plays into fitness apps, but it is still a nice upgrade for the iPad. This is easy to overlook as just another number increasing, but the upgrade from a 32 bit CPU to a 64 bit CPU is actually pretty big, especially for the iPad. The 64 bit architecture will not only provide a nice performance boost, but also will allow for more complex graphics. I won’t repeat Apple’s exaggeration of ‘console level’ graphics not with the Xbox One and PS4 right around the corner but it could compete well against Nintendo’s Wii U.

Will the iPad Mini 2 get these features?

While it is easy to predict these upgrades for the iPad 5, it’s not so easy to predict which ones will come to the next iPad Mini. It’s doubtful the Mini will get the same 64 bit architecture. Likely, the iPad Mini 2 will run on the same System on a Chip that powered the iPad 3, though it is possible Apple creates a new chip specifically for the iPad Mini 2.

As for the fingerprint reader and the separate chip for motion detection, they are more 50 50. Both would no doubt be useful, but Apple’s inclusion of a Retina Display will mean they will be looking for other ways to cut costs.

What about the iPhone 5S’s upgraded camera?

One of the most immediately useful features upgraded in the iPhone 5S was the camera. Apple didn’t play the number game by simply upgrading the megapixels in hopes that the public would assume that more megapixels means better pictures. (It doesn’t.) In fact, they didn’t mention megapixels at all, instead focusing on upgrades that will actually result in better photos taken by the new iPhone.

It’s possible Apple includes the new camera on the next iPad, especially now that iMovie and iPhoto will be free. But it is not a certainty. Smartphones are increasingly taking the place of digital cameras, so upgrading the camera on the iPhone 5S was important. But with Photo Stream allowing easy photo sharing between the iPhone and iPad, it’s not quite as important for the iPad 5.

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