OS has to be 64bit.
By the way, that might be biggest issue of that Win8 foray. Too early. ARM 64 bit will not sell on Taiwanese dairy markets for another year or so.
I think the reverse is true in this case. If ever there was a clunky, heavy Apple product it is the iPad 3. As soon as it's not on sale anymore even the tech press will be able to admit what a kludge this particular model was.
If the mythical mini ever appears it might solve the problem, but it seems that even then, the iPad 3 could really benefit from a much thinner, lighter form factor.
"Kludge"? Because it's like a fraction of a mm thicker (imperceptive to almost everyone), to drive a 4X higher density deisplay, much more powerful videocard, more RAM, much better camera, etc...Jesus Christ. Some of you really have no perspective. Yes, the new iPad will likely be a bit lighter/thinner. But that doesn't mean the current one is a "Kludge". What they managed to fit into that enclosure is no small feat, and it's still an engineering marvel with the Retina display and performance.
Apple will probably have done similar to other companies processors, and will expect and accept it being done to theirs. TSMC, for example, won't use this teardown report to analyze the A6, they will already be doing one of their own, in a lot more detail, looking at specific materials used for thinks like the interconnects and dielectrics, just in case Samsung (the manufacturer of the A6) have come up with some sort of funky manufacturing technique that TSMC haven't thought of.
Everyone who makes chips has the ability to do this sort of analysis, since they often need to do it on their own devices to track down yield problems. I never stopped being amazed by the ability of the analysis guys to come back with one specific defect that they could conclusively link to my machines.
It will surpass the Nexus 7 either way. I own it. Even t hough it's one of the smoother ones, the thing is still sluggish and laggy. My 4S does a better job loading webpages. I have no doubt a potential iPad mini will demolish it in responsiveness.
So what country is this 'son of a chip' made?