Working on analyzing various Apple SoCs over the years has become a process of delightful frustration. Apple’s SoC development is consistently on the cutting edge, so it’s always great to see something new, but Apple has also developed a love for curveballs. Coupled with their infamous secrecy and general lack of willingness to talk about the fine technical details of some of their products, it’s easy to see how well Apple’s SoCs perform but it is a lot harder to figure out why this is. Since publishing our initial iPad Air 2 review last week, a few new pieces of information have come in that have changed our perspective on Apple’s latest SoC. As it turns out I was wrong. Powered by what we’re going...

WWDC 2012: App Store Facts

Tim Cook just took the stage at WWDC and shared a few updates on the health and growth of the app store: - 400M app store accounts with stored credit...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

Thunderbolt Docks Are Here: Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock & Matrox DS-1

So far Thunderbolt accessory offerings have been fairly limited and conventional. There are several external storage solutions with Thunderbolt support but the only advantage they provide over USB 3.0...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 6/5/2012

ASUS' Zenbook SSD and Apple's MacBook Air SSD Are Not Compatible

In working on yesterday's Zenbook Prime review I ran into a problem with the 256GB Sandisk U100 drive that came with my review sample. Unfortunately, since the drive doesn't...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2012

The iPad 2,4 Review: 32nm Brings Better Battery Life

When Apple launched the 3rd generation iPad (as the new iPad), it also dropped the price of the entry-level 16GB WiFi iPad 2 to $399. Apple's products tend to...

100 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/4/2012

OWC Releases Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD

OWC has released their first PCIe SSD, the Mercury Accelsior. OWC has used SandForce controllers throughout its history in the SSD world and the Accelsior is no exception. It...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 4/18/2012

Apple's iPad 2,4 also uses 32nm A5 S5L8942 SoC

Through Chipworks, we recently learned that Apple's revised A5 SoC (S5L8942) is built on a 32nm Samsung HKMG process. While its presence in the Apple TV (3rd generation) which...

28 by Brian Klug on 4/11/2012

Apple TV A5 SoC is 32nm, Harvested dual-core A5

The 3rd generation Apple TV ships with what Apple tells us is a single-core A5 SoC. After delayering the chip to the transistor gate layer in the new Apple...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/11/2012

The 2012 iPad Followup: Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE Comparison

As with all things in life, the job of reviewing a product spans a spectrum of options. At one end of the spectrum you have the quick hands on...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2012

The Apple iPad Review (2012)

It has a display resolution that dwarfs most high-end desktop displays. The panel also puts a real emphasis on quality, not just resolution. For a computing device targeted squarely...

233 by Vivek Gowri & Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2012

Apple TV 3 (2012) Short Review - 1080p and better WiFi

The iPad (3) took front row during the recent launch extravaganza, however Apple also refreshed their Apple TV with a new model sporting a single core A5 SoC and...

35 by Brian Klug on 3/21/2012

Tested: Battery Life on the new iPad

Hot on the heels of our Retina Display analysis we have some more data for you: battery life of the new iPad. The chart above is our revamped web...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/19/2012

The new iPad: Retina Display Analysis

We're hard at work on our review on the new iPad but with a fair bit of display analysis under our belts I thought a quick post might be...

173 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/19/2012

Apple's A5X Floorplan

Apple's A5X SoC Today has been pretty exciting. Not only did we confirm the die size of Apple's A5X SoC (162.94mm^2) but we also found out that it's still built...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/16/2012

Apple A5X Die Size Measured: 162.94mm^2, Samsung 45nm LP Confirmed

Contrary to what we thought yesterday based on visual estimation of the A5X die, Chipworks has (presumably) measured the actual die itself: 162.94mm^2. While the A5 was big, this...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/16/2012

Apple's A5X Die (and Size?) Revealed

iFixit saved us all a whole lot of trouble and performed a teardown of the new iPad announced last week. The internals were mostly what we expected, down to...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2012

The Frequency of Apple A5X in the New iPad Confirmed: Still Running at 1GHz

While Apple's new iPad won't be available until Friday, some users have gotten their hands on the new models and done some preliminary benchmarks. A Vietnamese site, tinhte.vn, posted...

48 by Kristian Vättö on 3/13/2012

Analysis of the new Apple iPad

Yesterday Apple unveiled its third generation iPad, simply called the new iPad, at an event in San Francisco. The form factor remains mostly unchanged with a 9.7-inch display, however...

161 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/9/2012

Apple: 1080p Apple TV uses a Single-Core A5 SoC

Details are scarce, but the new 1080p Apple TV does use a single-core Apple A5 SoC. I'm assuming the video decode engine is identical to what we have in...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2012

Physical Impressions of the New iPad, Retina Display Shots

We just got some time with the new iPad, have a look at the gallery below for some shots of the device including macro shots of the new Retina Display.

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2012

Apple TV Next and The New iPad Tech Specs Pages Post - Single Core A5 in Apple TV

Finishing off their special iPad and Apple TV announcement, Apple has just set the tech specs pages live for both the iPad and Apple TV, and the only major...

11 by Brian Klug on 3/7/2012

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