It seems that Apple has been piling up a lot of surprises and cookies to reveal them all during the iPad launch event. And it did, too. During the event, Apple detailed the features of the new iPad and it was a long list, by all means. What really enticed a lot of excitement was Apple’s announcement of the new processor it has used in the new iPad, the quad-core A5X system-on-chip.
The war of processors depends solely upon two things: the power it pumps and the battery it consumes. And Apple has been able to trump all it’s contemporaries with the A5X processor.
The A5X chip is a quad-core chip, whereas the A5 processor that had been used in iPad 2 and iPhone 4S was a dual-core processor. Apple claimed that this quad-core processor will be able to power up the display of the new iPad which has an insanely high resolution of 2048 x 1536. What really startles us is that Apple has claimed that it’s A5X processor is twice as fast than the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and is able to deliver four times the performance! If indeed this claim turns out to be right, and we have no reason to doubt it, this really means that Apple just took the competition right through the roof.
Another very significant feature of this new chip is that it doesn’t consume any additional battery power, even when providing greater power and more efficiency. This sustainability of processor power usage ensures a 10-hour battery cycle for the new iPad.