Apple's CPU choices for the iPads

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wklee Veteran Member • Posts: 9,787
Apple's CPU choices for the iPads

iPads now have:

M1 - iPad Pros.

A13 - iPad

A15 - iPad mini 6.

A13 is from two years ago and was in iPhone 11 (2019) and iPhone SE (2020) They couldn't have used A14/A15 on the iPad (2021)?

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RL Photography Regular Member • Posts: 132
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Bottom of the line product gets bottom of the line processor.

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RL Photography wrote:

Bottom of the line product gets bottom of the line processor.

I was expecting the reverse.

iPhone 13 - A15

iPhone 12 - A14

iPhone 11 and SE - A13

iPad Mini 6 has a higher spec CPU (A15) than the iPad (A13)? IPad is at the bottom and not the Mini (A15)?

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As you can see in their pricing the iPad mini is a far higher price and spec. The Mini is like the Air or a Mini iPad Pro, whereas the iPad is the entry level with old design etc...

Maybe some bad naming on their part

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JT26 wrote:

As you can see in their pricing the iPad mini is a far higher price and spec. The Mini is like the Air or a Mini iPad Pro, whereas the iPad is the entry level with old design etc...

Maybe some bad naming on their part

It used to be that the iPad mini was a leftover parts device. Similar to the iPhone SE (2016) being an updated iPhone 5s and the current SE (2020) being a modernised iPhone 8.

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RL Photography Regular Member • Posts: 132
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wklee wrote:

RL Photography wrote:

Bottom of the line product gets bottom of the line processor.

I was expecting the reverse.

iPhone 13 - A15

iPhone 12 - A14

iPhone 11 and SE - A13

iPad Mini 6 has a higher spec CPU (A15) than the iPad (A13)? IPad is at the bottom and not the Mini (A15)?

The mini is an (almost) premium product. Not equivalent to a Pro, but there are people that want performance in the smaller form factor. Note that in addition to getting a better processor the mini has also been switched over to USB-C.

Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 19,348
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wklee wrote:

A13 is from two years ago and was in iPhone 11 (2019) and iPhone SE (2020) They couldn't have used A14/A15 on the iPad (2021)?

The iPad (9th generation) is something like $170 to $190 cheaper than the iPad Mini (6th generation).  The base model iPad costs only 2/3 as much as the base model iPad Mini.

For this, you give up:

  • the A15 CPU
  • a fully-laminated display, with anti-reflective coating, and wide (DCI-P3) gamut
  • a "Liquid Retina" display
  • some resolution on the camera (8 MP vs. 12 MP)
  • USB-C
  • 5G capability on cell-data-modem-equipped models
  • the ability to use the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil

Basically, the iPad (9th generation) is a price point model.

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JT26 wrote:

As you can see in their pricing the iPad mini is a far higher price and spec. The Mini is like the Air or a Mini iPad Pro, whereas the iPad is the entry level with old design etc...

Maybe some bad naming on their part

The Mini weighs about 2/3 of a pound.  That's not as light as a Kindle Paperwhite (6.4 to 6.8 ounces), but it might be light enough to make holding the tablet like a book feasible.

The other iPads range from a pound to a pound and a half.

OP wklee Veteran Member • Posts: 9,787
Convoluted roadmap

Apple now has for iPhones, the A15 CPU for iPhone 13, which includes iPhone 13 mini, A14 CPU for iPhone 12 which includes iPhone 12 mini, A13 CPU for iPhone 11and SE 2020. The 4.7" SE is the "smallest" iPhone. That's 3 "mini" iPhones?

The new iPad mini should be called iPad Air mini? Looks like an iPad Air 4.

https://9to5mac.com/2021/09/15/new-ipad-mini-vs-ipad-mini-5-and-air/

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wklee wrote:

Apple now has for iPhones, the A15 CPU for iPhone 13, which includes iPhone 13 mini, A14 CPU for iPhone 12 which includes iPhone 12 mini, A13 CPU for iPhone 11and SE 2020. The 4.7" SE is the "smallest" iPhone. That's 3 "mini" iPhones?

Apple – iPhone 13 mini vs. iPhone 12 mini vs. iPhone SE (2nd generation)

The 12 and 13 mini have different capacity options.  If you look at the starting prices for the overlapping options (128 GB, 256 GB), the 13 mini is $50 more than the 12 mini.  The improvements are small, but probably worth the $50.  If you must have a phone today, the 12s are already out, but the 13s will only be available starting next week.

The SE (2nd generation) costs 57% as much as a base iPhone 13 mini.  The SE is a budget iPhone, and its features (CPU, cameras, video recording, no 5G, no MagSafe) reflect that.

EricWN Senior Member • Posts: 2,370
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Nope. That’s the entry level up sell iPad and it always gets a slightly older CPU and pencil. There’s tons of options if you want a better specced device.

The mini is not positioned as an entry level iPad but as usual as a smaller iPad Air.

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Tom_N wrote:

JT26 wrote:

As you can see in their pricing the iPad mini is a far higher price and spec. The Mini is like the Air or a Mini iPad Pro, whereas the iPad is the entry level with old design etc...

Maybe some bad naming on their part

The Mini weighs about 2/3 of a pound. That's not as light as a Kindle Paperwhite (6.4 to 6.8 ounces), but it might be light enough to make holding the tablet like a book feasible.

A new Kindle Paperwhite has been announced for mid October.

USB-C charging, longer battery life, slightly larger screen, variable color temperature, more water resistant. Otherwise similar.

I wanted it to be narrower for easier handholding, but it is .3" wider. I'll wait for my current Paperwhite to fail before replacing.

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