Originally Posted by tipoo
Disappointing...Its still faster than the iPhone processor due to clockspeed increases, but an The A9's provide an enormous benefit, they are out-of-order processors for one, which is a MASSIVE benefit in itself, and for two they are either dual or quad cores. I cant remember who's specific test it was, but the A9 kept toe-to-toe with Intel's Atom (pinetrail) while consuming so much less power. The A9 would have been a screamer, the A8 is meh.
Apple will still market it as the god of all mobile devices though, which has me worried. I've already heard people say they want to replace their laptops with one, thinking it has all the same functionality. Those people are in for a big let-down.
You're missing something here.
Foryears, the Palmphones used weaker processors than didWindows phones, but performed much better. Yes, its true they didn't have true multasking, which the Win Mobile phones had to some degree. But the difference in performance was much wider than that one thing alone could account for. I still have my old Teo 700p. It's blazingly fast at whatever it does. No delays whatsoever. Yet, the 700w model, with a faster processor was far slower at everything.
What we have here, if this aticle is correct, is an OS and software that can operate amazingly well on this hardware, and that says something important.
One this it says is that Apple's battery life claims, which are much better than even small Windows tablets gives it a significant avantahe. We can also look at the JooJoo. It have less than half the battery life using Android, though it does have a 12" screen. The Acchos 9" with Windows 7Starter has even less battery life than that. And it uses a weak tom chip.
This looks very good for the future direction of the line.
My 3G is struggling to run its software at times. But it manages pretty well almost all the time. I had read that Apple used every processor cycle in these earlier devices. That's why the 3Gs screams, even surpassing the Nexus One in many tasks, even though that uses a newer chip.
I think Apple is going the right way here.
Gates once said that his job was to add all the features they could think of, and let the computer manufacturers figure out how to make it run fast enough. Apple seems to be going the other way. Make the OS and software work efficiently, so that the hardware designers have an easier job of it.
I like that idea.