Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
I couldn't agree less.
The iPad is no longer the younger step-child to the iPhone. It's prominence alone in sales guarantees it will be a first tier design product that gets the most current advances designed for the iPhone that still meet their price points.
The multi-core A8 and the new OpenCL 1.1 based GPU is the new baseline for all iOS based products moving forward.
This assessment would appear to be correct.
Apple had no idea how the original iPad would be received, hence some rather conservative parts choices (not even mentioning the difficulty in getting the device to work and caught up to the latest version of iOS).
With nine months of iPad sales, the company has a greater understanding of where this product line falls in terms of its overall business. The fact that they placed orders for up to 65 million iPad screens is indicative of how they are now able to forecast. They had no such insight twelve months ago.
AppleTV might still be a hobby. iPad is not. It is the real deal and there is much growth ahead for the iPad market.
Apple will still be choosy about which parts to use in their iDevices, however I expect to be more parity in the next several years than before amongst iDevices, especially when there is unifying desirable functionality like FaceTime.