AppleInsider reports today on tests that have been carried out on the newest version of the iPad 2, which has been fitted with a 32nm-process A5 chip. According to the tests, which were carried out by Anandtech, the new chip improves the battery life of the newest version of the iPad 2 by as much as 15.8%. The first iteration of the iPad 2 used a Samsung-built 45nm-process A5 chip, and it would seem that some of (and I stress the some of) the newly discounted iPad 2s, known as the iPad 2, 4, which Apple is now selling for $399 for the 16GB version, have benefited greatly from a chip revamp. However, if youâ€™re setting out specifically to buy one of the newer versions of the iPad 2 with the new chip, Anandtech warns that the older versions are also still on the shelves at retailers, and thereâ€™s no way of knowing which is which without opening the box. Anandtech also says that the newer versions are â€œrelatively rareâ€, so you might just have to put it down to pot luck whether or not you get one of the newer versions.
Source: Testing shows 32nm A5 chip improves iPad 2 battery life by as much as 16%
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