When Apple announced its New iPad, they began selling the iPad 2 at a marked down price of $399. We all thought this was the same old iPad 2 that has been on the market for a year, but it isn’t. A change was uncovered by AnAndTech that changed the whole mindset about the iPad 2. The iPad 2 is still using an A5 processor, but some small, yet significant findings will make a huge difference.
AnAndTech found out that Apple had swapped the 45nm A5 processor for the power efficient 32nm chipset. This new chipset will allow for the iPad 2 to have roughly 2 more hours of battery life under certain circumstances. The Apple TV also has a similar A5 chipset, only it was modified from the actual original iPad 2 chip.
The battery life was found to be extended by 1.6 hours while using the internet, and by up to 2 hours while gaming, or generally using your iPad. So to the looks, Apple has made a great swap in processors. Since they were even able to lower the price by $100, this shows you that the 32nm chipset cost was nearly the same, or less than the larger 45nm chip.