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Rumor: Purported 'iPad 5' case shows slimmer design akin to iPad mini

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Images of a case purported to be that of Apple's next-generation full-size iPad appear to show a slightly thinner tablet with smaller side bezels, much like the current iPad mini.

iPad 5 case
Source: MacRumors


It should be noted that case makers are notoriously unreliable in "leaking" designs of future Apple products, as they obtain information from suspect supply chain sources that many times offer up incorrect data in exchange for a paycheck. A 2011 expos? on the operations of popular manufacturer Hard Candy revealed that the company spent tens of thousands of dollars to get a leg up on competition, and bought moldings it believed to be a next-generation iPhone. The leaks ended up being false, leaving the company with $50,000 worth of useless cases worth only their scrap metal value.

An aftermarket accessory maker used specifications from what it calls a "reliable source" to build the latest, pictured iPad case, which features a slim-bodied design with thin bezels on the left and right of the iPad's display, allowing for a more narrow device width when compared to the current iteration, said MacRumors.

Little else is revealed in the one photo that shows the alleged purpose-built case alongside those made for the iPad mini and current-generation iPad. A hole near the top of the case is said to be meant for the rear-facing microphone, while the bottom port holes show a dual-speaker arrangement like the stereo offering of the iPad mini. A second photo (below), shows the side profile of the three cases in alternatively-colored material.

iPad 5 case


Recent rumors suggest that Apple may move to a twice-a-year model refresh cycle, which could see an upcoming fifth-generation iPad release sometime in March.
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It's shaping up to look like a Summer release.

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I just don't see why Apple would go with narrow side bezels for the 10" iPad.  It makes no sense.  In the mini (which I admit i was wrong about the bezels in it) makes sense because you can grip the device with one hand (awkwardly but you can).  With the 10" iPad, it makes no sense, in fact, it would make holding it more difficult, granted they have improved the accidental touch issues with the Mini but it assumes we all hold the iPad in landscape mode (quite the contrary in my case).  It might make typing with two thumbs better in portrait, but I never do this to begin with.  LIke I said, i have been wrong about it before,  so we'll just see when it's released.

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It's shaping up to look like a Summer release.

yeah, usually these kinds of leaks hint at an imminent release is forthcoming.  Typically we see parts leaks about a month or two before the unveiling.  All I want is lighter weight.  I wouldn't even care if they continued the trend of keeping around a non-retina model to save space.  I'm fine with my iPad 2, just want it lighter. It's fine being as thick as it currently is.  That's not the issue, it's the weight that's always bugged me.

 

Edit: ok, the weight and the sharper "teardrop" edges kind of bug me too.  It's fine if you're holding it for 10 minutes, but any longer and it becomes a bit uncomfortable.

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I just don't see why Apple would go with narrow side bezels for the 10" iPad.  It makes no sense.  In the mini (which I admit i was wrong about the bezels in it) makes sense because you can grip the device with one hand (awkwardly but you can).  With the 10" iPad, it makes no sense, in fact, it would make holding it more difficult, granted they have improved the accidental touch issues with the Mini but it assumes we all hold the iPad in landscape mode (quite the contrary in my case).  It might make typing with two thumbs better in portrait, but I never do this to begin with.  LIke I said, i have been wrong about it before,  so we'll just see when it's released.

I see your point but remember that it'll surely be lighter than the iPad 3 and 4. Adding to it being lighter as well as being less wide I'd wager that if Apple is going to do it then they have tested it to make sure it's not a huge step down in usability.

On my iPad 3 my thumb and edge of the palm don't appear to be more than about 80% on the edge. I think they could reduce it a bit and still not be an issue. I've noticed that eBooks, webpages, and other apps heavy with text aren't all the way to the edge of the display. I think there could be room for a reduction without affecting the pleasure. (That's what she said.)

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I see your point but remember that it'll surely be lighter than the iPad 3 and 4. Adding to it being lighter as well as being less wide I'd wager that if Apple is going to do it then they have tested it to make sure it's not a huge step down in usability.

On my iPad 3 my thumb and edge of the palm don't appear to be more than about 80% on the edge. I think they could reduce it a bit and still not be an issue. I've noticed that eBooks, webpages, and other apps heavy with text aren't all the way to the edge of the display. I think there could be room for a reduction without affecting the pleasure. (That's what she said.)

right, and I agree it could get a tad narrower, but not to the extent of the Mini.  No way.  It's fine on the mini because 90% of your hand holds it from the back of the device, not from the bezel.  When I hold the mini, my thumb is more a stabilizer than a grip.  On the 10" iPad, my thumb is full-grip on the front.  Now, with a lighter iPad that might not be an issue anymore.  That's why I said I'll see it fist before I fully judge...even though for me the jury is already out :P


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I just don't see why Apple would go with narrow side bezels for the 10" iPad.  It makes no sense.  In the mini (which I admit i was wrong about the bezels in it) makes sense because you can grip the device with one hand (awkwardly but you can).  With the 10" iPad, it makes no sense, in fact, it would make holding it more difficult, granted they have improved the accidental touch issues with the Mini but it assumes we all hold the iPad in landscape mode (quite the contrary in my case).  It might make typing with two thumbs better in portrait, but I never do this to begin with.  LIke I said, i have been wrong about it before,  so we'll just see when it's released.

 

I assume that they want to keep the screen size 9.7", so if they're going to eliminate mass by eliminating volume, they either have to make it thinner, or slim down the bezels. Or both. Something's gotta give. The smaller bezel makes sense because not only do they lose surface area of the body, they reduce the surface area of the glass, which should reduce weight.

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It's shaping up to look like a Summer release.

It is, isn't it.  Add that to the rumors of the iPhone 5S launching in the summer, it's gonna be a big launch summer for sure.

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What's the word on what sort of CPU is going to be inside?

 

The same as iPad 4, or is there some new CPU ready by the time the iPad 5 comes out?

 

I'm looking forward to the iPad 5, since I deliberately skipped the 4, but I'm hoping that the iPad 5 is even more powerful than 4, otherwise I'll wait for iPad 6, and that probably won't be that far away, if Apple has indeed bumped up their release schedule.

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Does anyone notice those side flaps on the iPad mini and iPad 5?  What would be the purpose of those?  I don't think they are "kickstands".

 

I don't know about these.  I think they are just prototypes.

 

I'm sure they will pretty much look like the iPad mini that they currently sell only bigger to accommodate the larger screen.  I think making the black bezel around the iPad a little thinner, but too much thinner would be nice.

 

I would like to see a flash for the rear facing camera.

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right, and I agree it could get a tad narrower, but not to the extend of the Mini.  No way.  It's fine on the mini because 90% of your hand holds it from the back of the device, not from the bezel.  When I hold the mini, my thumb is more a stabilizer than a grip.  On the 10" iPad, my thumb is full-grip on the front.  Now, with a lighter iPad that might not be an issue anymore.  That's why I said I'll see it fist before I fully judge...even though for me the jury is already out :P

Let's pretend it kept the same weight but it was 1/4" inch shorter on each side so that the width in portrait goes from 7.31" to 6.81". How much lighter would it feel by simply having the farthest point from the fulcrum of your hand (am I stating that correctly?) by 1/2" closer?

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"I just don't see why Apple would go with narrow side bezels for the 10" iPad. It makes no sense."

I could be unique, or at least in the minority, but whether I hold my iPad 3 in portrait or landscape, I don't grip it with my fingers on the glass. For me, the bezels could be as narrow as those on the mini with no issues, especially if it's lighter and thinner.
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"What's the word on what sort of CPU is going to be inside?" A6X. Maybe a process shrunk version. It's too soon for the A7.
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I just don't see why Apple would go with narrow side bezels for the 10" iPad.  It makes no sense.  In the mini (which I admit i was wrong about the bezels in it) makes sense because you can grip the device with one hand (awkwardly but you can).  With the 10" iPad, it makes no sense, in fact, it would make holding it more difficult, granted they have improved the accidental touch issues with the Mini but it assumes we all hold the iPad in landscape mode (quite the contrary in my case).  It might make typing with two thumbs better in portrait, but I never do this to begin with.  LIke I said, i have been wrong about it before,  so we'll just see when it's released.

 

Uh, I'm sure that if Apple did decide to narrow the bezels, they did extensive useability testing to make sure it wouldn't be an issue. I'm all for reducing the bezel, there's some room to do that since there's so much of it, and a smaller overall footprint and less dead space is a good thing. I use the iPad mini with 2 hands all the time and not once has the smaller bezel been an issue. 

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"What's the word on what sort of CPU is going to be inside?" A6X. Maybe a process shrunk version. It's too soon for the A7.

 

If that's the case, then I guess that it won't be any more powerful. If they use a smaller die CPU for the iPad 5, then I suppose that it'll get slightly better battery life, like the iPad 2 did, when Apple updated the CPU for the second revision of the iPad 2.

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A6X.

 

Zero sense.

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yeah, usually these kinds of leaks hint at an imminent release is forthcoming.  Typically we see parts leaks about a month or two before the unveiling.  All I want is lighter weight.  I wouldn't even care if they continued the trend of keeping around a non-retina model to save space.  I'm fine with my iPad 2, just want it lighter. It's fine being as thick as it currently is.  That's not the issue, it's the weight that's always bugged me.

 

Edit: ok, the weight and the sharper "teardrop" edges kind of bug me too.  It's fine if you're holding it for 10 minutes, but any longer and it becomes a bit uncomfortable.

 

The thing that worries me is that the only leak of actual iPad mini v2 parts, shows it to be thicker than the current mini.  

 

 

http://************/2013/02/21/unverified-rear-shells-for-next-generation-ipad-mini-surface-on-chinese-forum/

 

Granted it's only a little bit thicker, but if IGZO screen and better camera and all that equals a thicker, heavier iPad mini (even by a tiny bit) I certainly won't be buying it and I think a lot of folks will feel the same.  

 

This also shows the ineptitude of the writers on this site in that any self respecting rumour monger would immediately want to compare the thickness suggested by this case leak with the thickness indicated by the actual parts leak, but not only didn't they think to do it, it's possible they aren't even aware of the existence of the earlier parts leak.  

 

The whole point of this site used to be ... (and admittedly I'm talking years ago before the iPhone and resurgence of Apple etc.) ... that it would assemble all the rumours and try to make sense out of them.  Nowadays, all AppleInsider seems to do is just publish whatever dreck everyone else is publishing, verbatim, and without comment or any real analysis.  I guess no one wants to stick their neck out anymore.  

 

As much as everyone seems to criticise him, DED is the only writer on this site that actually tries to take a bunch of information, make sense out of it, and publish an actual analysis.  Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, and whether he is right or wrong, at least he seems to actually try to be a journalist.  

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I just don't see why Apple would go with narrow side bezels for the 10" iPad.  It makes no sense.  ...

 

One good obvious reason would be better thumb typing in portrait mode of course.  

 

For the record, even though it's rarely out of my hands all day, personally I almost never pick up the iPad mini in one hand in the way that you are referring to.  

It's certainly possible to do it, but I don't find it comfortable or handy at all, and I have large hands.  

 

So the benefit you see to the smaller side bezels I don't see at all, and the benefit you don't see, I would welcome.  Different strokes etc. ...

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I'd say it's a case (no pun intended) of a company jumping the gun.
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Granted it's only a little bit thicker, but if IGZO screen and better camera and all that equals a thicker, heavier iPad mini (even by a tiny bit) I certainly won't be buying it and I think a lot of folks will feel the same.  

 

Nobody knows if it'll be IGZO or not. People have been talking about IGZO displays for a long time now, and they haven't shown up on any iPad to date so far.

 

As for being heavier, I'd say that that's most likely the case, going by previous iPad releases. A larger battery will be necessary and also some additional backlighting perhaps. The people who claim to demand a retina iPad Mini can't have their cake and eat it too. They should make up their minds. 

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While it can be said some factories can't be reliable, there are plenty that can be relied upon. On my trip to China in August of last year we visited a factory that had completed about 15 different iPhone 5 cases just a week after the announcement. In order to have 15 cases ready they had to have about 2-3 months of lead time. It is impossible to have 15 molds ready and already producing a week after the product announcement. I asked how they had so quickly made molds and produced cases. The answer: they purchased drawings directly from Foxconn. They received detailed specs on the phone and made the case accordingly. Sure enough the case I brought home fit perfectly on my new iPhone 5.

Back to my original point on how some factories may be more reliable. This is my theory: It all depends on where the factory is in China. These factories are all connected and in the know. Especially when they are in the same region. The factories I deal with are all in the southern part of China, the same region where all the main Foxconn factories are located that produce the Apple iPad and iPhone. If these leaked parts come from a factory in the southern part of China I would be confident they are correct. These factories know what is reliable information and they know what is not. Not only are they willing to invest the money in raw materials, but they also invest the money, man power in producing the molds, which a mold can cost anywhere from 10 to 20 thousand. .

So, where are these parts from exactly? Well if they are from the southern part of China, I would bet they are pretty accurate!
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One good obvious reason would be better thumb typing in portrait mode of course.  

 

For the record, even though it's rarely out of my hands all day, personally I almost never pick up the iPad mini in one hand in the way that you are referring to.  

It's certainly possible to do it, but I don't find it comfortable or handy at all, and I have large hands.  

 

So the benefit you see to the smaller side bezels I don't see at all, and the benefit you don't see, I would welcome.  Different strokes etc. ...

its funny that everything you said in this post is basically what I said in the post you quoted from me...you just edited it out and restated it in a different way.

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What's the word on what sort of CPU is going to be inside?

 

The same as iPad 4, or is there some new CPU ready by the time the iPad 5 comes out?

 

I'm looking forward to the iPad 5, since I deliberately skipped the 4, but I'm hoping that the iPad 5 is even more powerful than 4, otherwise I'll wait for iPad 6, and that probably won't be that far away, if Apple has indeed bumped up their release schedule.

If an iPad 5 is going to be released over the next few months a faster SoC is unlikely. I think that will only happen when Apple moves on to a significantly smaller fab process due to power consumption issues related with more powerful processors - TSMC's 20nm process next year maybe. Of course there is the possibility that Apple may transfer its SoC manufacture to TSMC's 28nm process this year, as has been rumored on occasion, which would result in a 30 percent die reduction size and an equivalent reduction in power consumption or increase in process performance. But from what I understand Apple is sticking with Samsung and its 32nm process at least until the end of the year. Anyway the iPad 4 is not lacking in performance, its main issue and a really big one at that, is its weight and to a lesser extent its thickness - it really quite shocked me at the time when the Mini came out and I picked up an iPad 4 for comparison. A thinner and considerably lighter iPad 5 would be extremely welcome, even if it sticks with the same A6x SoC.


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My issue with this is the charging ports. The iPad 4 has the lightning charger on it and in these cases they have it at a 30 pin. Reliability of this leak = NONE
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Zero sense.
Just curious- why?

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My issue with this is the charging ports. The iPad 4 has the lightning charger on it and in these cases they have it at a 30 pin. Reliability of this leak = NONE
Not saying its reliable, but they're lightning with speaker grills next to it- not 30-pin.

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I think making it thinner and lighter is a great idea, especially lighter. They should make it look more like the ipad mini and also offer it in the same two colors as the mini and it would be perfect. I don't believe they should make any drastic hardware changes though, maybe make it twice as fast but hopefully they don't add widgets or live wallpapers.
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right, and I agree it could get a tad narrower, but not to the extent of the Mini.  No way.  It's fine on the mini because 90% of your hand holds it from the back of the device, not from the bezel.  When I hold the mini, my thumb is more a stabilizer than a grip.  On the 10" iPad, my thumb is full-grip on the front.  Now, with a lighter iPad that might not be an issue anymore.  That's why I said I'll see it fist before I fully judge...even though for me the jury is already out :P


Looks like you have judged quite fully already :)

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I just don't see why Apple would go with narrow side bezels for the 10" iPad.  It makes no sense.  In the mini (which I admit i was wrong about the bezels in it) makes sense because you can grip the device with one hand (awkwardly but you can).  With the 10" iPad, it makes no sense, in fact, it would make holding it more difficult, granted they have improved the accidental touch issues with the Mini but it assumes we all hold the iPad in landscape mode (quite the contrary in my case).  It might make typing with two thumbs better in portrait, but I never do this to begin with.  LIke I said, i have been wrong about it before,  so we'll just see when it's released.

Apple is all about symmetry in their product lines. :)

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 granted they have improved the accidental touch issues with the Mini 

Did they change the touch sensitivity on the mini? I noticed that mine did not seem to be as responsive as my iPad 3 and often I have to tap more than once or more forcefully to trigger a button. It does not seem to be consistently unresponsive but often enough that I wondered if the new thinner screen technology was not as sensitive as the full size iPad.

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Originally Posted by Andysol View Post
Just curious- why?

 

What's the point of the update, then? It has an A6X now. So the "iPad 5" would basically exist for the sole purpose of a thinner side bezel. Completely worthless! The trolls would have a field day, and they'd be right for once in their existence.

 

The last Apple product (of ANY product) to be given an update without a change to the CPU was the iPhone 3G. Before that, it was a computer in the mid '90s pre-Jobs.


Sure, we can also expect the capacities to move to 32/64/128 (maybe), but that's still not an update. The trolls would be able to say "they didn't update it and are calling it a new product", and unlike when they said it for the iPhone 4S, 5, and iPad 4, many of us would agree with them. 

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One of the supposed reeasons to move to IGZO screens was for a significant drop in power demand. The screens are also thinner, so IGZO would not produce a thicker iPad on its own. At this point the only reason I could see for a thicker iPad would be new battery technology. In that regard there is more research going on with respect to new battery tech than there is new screen tech.
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Nobody knows if it'll be IGZO or not. People have been talking about IGZO displays for a long time now, and they haven't shown up on any iPad to date so far.

As for being heavier, I'd say that that's most likely the case, going by previous iPad releases. A larger battery will be necessary and also some additional backlighting perhaps. The people who claim to demand a retina iPad Mini can't have their cake and eat it too. They should make up their minds. 
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If the only difference between the 4 & 5 is the 5 sports the mini form factor I don't see the point of it.  I'm assuming the A7 and iOS 7 will be saved for later in the year.  So what else would Apple have o make upgrading worth it?

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What's the point of the update, then?

Isn't it rather silly to be asking what the point is of a rumored update - that no one knows anything about?

If Apple updates a product, then you can ask whether the update is significant. But making wild guesses based on nothing more than a rumor that there will be a new case is silly.
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I just don't see why Apple would go with narrow side bezels for the 10" iPad.  It makes no sense.  In the mini (which I admit i was wrong about the bezels in it) makes sense because you can grip the device with one hand (awkwardly but you can).  With the 10" iPad, it makes no sense, in fact, it would make holding it more difficult, granted they have improved the accidental touch issues with the Mini but it assumes we all hold the iPad in landscape mode (quite the contrary in my case).  It might make typing with two thumbs better in portrait, but I never do this to begin with.  LIke I said, i have been wrong about it before,  so we'll just see when it's released.

Yeah, I am not sure about the thin bezels. I don't have a mini, but maybe they got things straight and it is ok. I would be fine if they reduced the bezels and increased the display in the current dimensions but would probably introduce some difficulties with developers and such. I am not an expert in screens so I don't know , but it would be nice to have a larger screen in the same package if they could swing it.
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Isn't it rather silly to be asking what the point is of a rumored update - that no one knows anything about?

 

I'm calling out a condition for said update postulated by someone here, not the actual rumor or anything Apple has done.

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If that's the case, then I guess that it won't be any more powerful. If they use a smaller die CPU for the iPad 5, then I suppose that it'll get slightly better battery life, like the iPad 2 did, when Apple updated the CPU for the second revision of the iPad 2.

Apple will only announce the CPU at the announcement date.  Now, the ARM processors that are currently on the market are 32 Bit.  It would not surprise me if the next release this year OR next year will be 64 Bit.  It's inevitable, but I'm not sure I would bet on 64 bit this year, most likely next year.  I'm sure they might be integrating 802.11ac since that's SUPPOSED to be finalized this year.  At least, so they say.  But if they announce new 32BIt processors, they could simply add more cores, maybe faster speed.  Apple also had a patent approved where they layered the processor cores on top of NAND memory, so they might be something along those lines coming out in the next year or two.

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Apple will only announce the CPU at the announcement date.  Now, the ARM processors that are currently on the market are 32 Bit.  It would not surprise me if the next release this year OR next year will be 64 Bit.  It's inevitable, but I'm not sure I would bet on 64 bit this year, most likely next year.  I'm sure they might be integrating 802.11ac since that's SUPPOSED to be finalized this year.  At least, so they say.  But if they announce new 32BIt processors, they could simply add more cores, maybe faster speed.  Apple also had a patent approved where they layered the processor cores on top of NAND memory, so they might be something along those lines coming out in the next year or two.

1) I think it's more important to word it to note Apple won't support AArch64 until it's more efficient than AArch32. I know it sounds nitpicky but we get too much "but such-and-such has been using blah blah for yada yada yada" around here.
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AArch64 features:

New instruction set, A64
  • 31 general-purpose 64-bit registers
  • Instructions are still 32 bits long and mostly the same as A32
  • Most instructions can take 32-bit or 64-bit arguments
  • Addresses assumed to be 64-bit

— Advanced SIMD (NEON) enhanced
  • Has 32 × 128-bit registers (up from 16), also accessible via VFPv4
  • Supports double-precision floating point
  • Fully IEEE 754 compliant
  • AES encrypt/decrypt and SHA-1/SHA-2 hashing instructions also use these registers

— A new exception system
  • Fewer banked registers and modes

— Memory translation from 48-bit virtual addresses based on the existing LPAE, which was designed to be easily extended to 64-bit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture#ARMv8_and_64-bit

2) I'm not so sure 802.11ac will be in any iDevice this year. We have yet to see any Macs or routers with it and I haven't seen any word of adequate chips for handheld devices that would make it more power efficient over 802.11n for a similar performance. I've only seen news about chips that support 433 Mbit/s chips with is 1 stream at 80MHz for handhelds.

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