Final Words

If Apple's A5 is any indication, Samsung's 32nm HK+MG process is extremely capable. Assuming Apple didn't change any fundamentals of its microarchitecture, the iPad 2,4's gains in battery life can be attributed directly to the process. The gains themselves are significant. We measured a 15% increase in our web browsing battery life, a nearly 30% increase in gaming battery life and an 18% increase in video playback battery life. Although Apple hasn't revised its battery life specs, the iPad 2,4 definitely lasts longer on a single charge than the original iPad 2.

If you're in the market for an iPad 2, the 2,4 is clearly the one to get - if you can find one that is. Unfortunately there's no sure fire way to tell that you're getting a 2,4 without opening the box and turning on the tablet, and I suspect most stores will get a bit irate if you're constantly buying and returning iPad 2s in search for a 32nm model. Presumably over time more of the available inventory will shift to 2,4 models, but based on our experiences in trying to find a 2,4 it's still pretty tough.

I would like to applaud Apple's 32nm migration plan. By starting with lower volume products and even then, only on a portion of the iPad 2s available on the market, Apple maintains a low profile and gets great experience with Samsung's 32nm HK+MG process. It's very clear that this is all in preparation for the next iPhone, which will almost certainly use Samsung's 32nm process and require it in significant volumes. It's obvious that Apple employs some very smart chip heads in Cupertino.

What I'd really like to see is a 32nm version of the A5X used in the new iPad. I don't know that there's much reason for that this year, especially when the 4th generation iPad will likely ship in the first half of 2013 with yet another new SoC (dual-core A15 + Rogue anyone?), but it'd still be nice to have. The power efficiency improvements are substantial and the 3rd gen iPad could definitely use them. Those of you who are waiting for the next iPhone should also be pretty happy about these results. Apple could easily deliver a higher clocked version of the A5 for the next iPhone while keeping power consumption equal to if not lower than where it's at today. The move to 32nm is going to be good all around it seems, and Samsung appears to be a very capable foundry partner for Apple. Despite all of the rumors of a rift in the relationship, the foundry side of things is working out well.

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  • LittleMaNiaC - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    HI guys! I would like to ask you all. Those who bought ipad 2,4 are from U.S right? I wonder did any of those ipad 2,4 went to Asia? Reply
  • machugger - Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - link

    Why would an iPad 2 w/serial no. starting w/"DM" that was manufactured

    1) in the same factory as the 2,4
    AND
    2) AFTER April, when the 2,4 models were made

    …why would it be a 2,1?!?!?!?!?
    Reply
  • marketjock - Monday, July 30, 2012 - link

    From Apple's website, when adding the iPad 2 16GB to your cart, the part number MC954LL/A is used. Is it safe to say when looking for a new one, to only look for MC954LL/A as that will have the 32nm chip? Reply
  • marketjock - Monday, July 30, 2012 - link

    From what I have read, it does not matter the part number or the S/N. Any can have the 45nm or 32nm chip. It appears to be a matter of exhausting out the 45nm inventory. Reply
  • TechKnow12 - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    Hi,
    If anyone is after the iPad 2,4 please read the following.
    If you're in the US, look for:
    MC769LL/A, 16gb, Black - Serial prefixes: DMQH, DMPH - both proven to be 2,4
    MC979LL/A, 16gb, White - Serial prefixes: DMQH, DMPH
    MC954LL/A, 16gb, Black - new model number, serial prefix not known - proven to be 2,4
    MC989LL/A, 16gb, White - unproven but as it's the new model number it should be 2,4

    If you're in Australia, look for:
    MC769X/A, 16gb, Black, Serial prefixes: DMQJ, DMPJ - proven to be 2,4 by me.
    MC979X/A, 16gb, White, Serial prefixes: DMQJ, DMPJ
    The MC954 & MC989 appear to be US only models.

    Please note that the Australian models may possibly have the prefix with H at the end instead of J and vice versa for US.

    If you live in Australia I can confirm that the Apple Store in Perth has the DMQJ & DMPJ in stock. I purchased mine from Big W however I had to check with 4 stores before I found a DMPJ.

    Battery Life
    Okay so now you're wondering if the alleged extended battery life of 11.7 hours makes this worth buying or not.
    Well, out of the box my iPad 2,4 had a charge of 76% and for the next 2 hours, from setting up, to installing my Apps, to surfing the net the charge only dropped to 66%. Wow! Then I discovered that Bluetooth was switched on by default the entire time which would have no doubt added to the battery drain, thus I managed 10% battery usage in 2 hours using wifi and with Bluetooth on. Double wow! It has now been 7 hours since I first powered the iPad on and I'm only down to 43%. Bluetooth was turned off when I found it was on, of course. In that 7 hours the iPad wasn't in use for about 30 minutes (had to have a couple of breaks) so actual usage would be 6.5 hours.
    So depending on how you use the iPad I'm thinking you may get a minimum of 11.7 hours general usage (therefore non gaming or video watching) and possibly a maximum of 20 hours general usage.

    Lastly, if at some point down the track you decide to sell the iPad 2,4 (like when the iPad 4 with the Sharp IGZO screen gets released) I'm sure you'll be able to sell it on eBay for a good price.
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  • Saint04 - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    I can confirm your findings with the white iPad 2,4. I picked one up from Walmart today with a production year of 2012 in the month of June. The part # is MC979LL/A. However my serial prefix doesn't match your findings. My serial prefix is DYTH. I could have used your findings the day before yesteday. I went through four of these before getting ahold of an iPad 2,4. So far it runs great and I'm relieved to get ahold of one. I'll be selling my new iPad on ebay as the quicker charging time and battery life on the ipad 2 is more important to me at the momment. I use my iPad in classes (all day sometimes) to take notes, read course books and I don't always have access to an outlet. I'll be looking forward to the Gen 4 iPad and the iPad 2,4 will suffice for now. Reply
  • TechKnow12 - Thursday, August 02, 2012 - link

    That's awesome Saint04. Glad to hear you found one! I know the feeling of being "relieved" at finding the 2,4. I set myself up to be disappointed when I purchased mine (expected only to have a 2,1) but then of course I was over the moon when Linpack revealed it was a 2,4. :D
    Thanks very much for letting us know about the DYTH serial number prefix too! I'll pass on this valuable bit of info at other forums.
    No doubt as the old stock of iPad 2's gets sold off it will become much easier to find the 2,4 and there will be a plethora of serial numbers to look out for.
    Enjoy your 2,4 Saint04! And if you revisit this site, please let us know roughly what battery life you're getting. Thanks! :)
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  • Saint04 - Monday, September 10, 2012 - link

    Hey TechKnow12. The battery life was close to advertised in performance as what anandtech reported in the ipad 2, 4 article. I apologize for the late response, I didn't realize that I had one until I was reading back over the forum. Also, just purchased another ipad 2 with the MC979LL/A part number it too was the new ipad 2,4. Take care, grace and peace. Reply
  • boofarino - Saturday, August 18, 2012 - link

    hi i just wanted to confirm that the serial code DMPH is accurate. I went to micro center in minneapolis and bought an ipad with serial DR, and it was an ipad 2,1. I returned it and purchased one from best buy in richfield. At first he also said they only had ones with the DR serial number but after asking him to check again he came back with a DMPH, the protective plastic was a bit ripped and dirty so maybe it was older stock, but on coming home and powering it on i was very happy to see that it was an ipad 2,4. thanks for all the help guys, especially Technow 12. very happy to have the one with extra battery life. And also when i was in the best buy store I was suprised to realise that there is a significant difference in weight when holding the ipad 2, and ipad 3, i know its meant to be imperceptible but the ipad 2 definitely feels lighter. Reply
  • Arpajon - Monday, October 22, 2012 - link

    I've checked a couple of local stores this week and can find neither an MC769LL/MC979LL DMQH/DMPH nor an MC954LL/MC989LL. Has anyone in the States had any recent success in finding a 2,4?

    One other question... I've never owned an Apple iAnything - if the iPad Mini comes out tomorrow as rumored, is the iPad 2,X likely to be discounted immediately?
    Reply

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