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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Sept. 17

John Cox | Sept. 19, 2013
Oct. 15 formula, feel the love, 64-bit forecast, look-alikes.

PatentlyApple posted a summary of the patent in question, for which the application was filed in late 2012.

It apparently uses a "UV mask that includes an anti-reflection film and a UV absorption film to prevent reflections from the mask to the mother glass [of the display]," according to PatentlyApple's Jack Purcher.

Reducing reflectivity in a display is actually an area where Apple, and other vendors, can create a big improvement in the "viewability" of the screen. Light reflects not only off the cover glass, but off the various layers of the actual display assembly. Reducing that makes a display more visible in bright light, including outdoors.

But that isn't enough for some in the iOSphere.

"A new recently discovered patent filed by Apple suggests that the next iPad could come equipped with a much needed anti-reflective screen," says Radu Tyrsina, writing at the clickbait site, iPadForums

"Of course, there currently are third-party anti-glare products that you can use with your iPad or iPhone, but Apple could gain the love of consumers and probably the confidence of investors if they decide to deploy this technology with the next iPads," he explains confidently.

It's easy to understand how it all came about....

Tim Cook: Damn it! Consumers hate us and investors don't have any confidence in us. What can we do?

Jonathan Ive: Just use anti-glare technology in the iPad screen.

Tim Cook: You're a genius!

iPad 5 will have 64-bit A7X chip
Another thrilling chapter in the iOSphere's Penetrating Insight Into the Mind of Apple.

Just one example is Erik Pineda's post for International Business Times, which goes on, and on and on, about how the iPad 5 will certainly have a 64-bit chip.

He's basing this on a CNET post, by Brooke Crothers, who actually talked to a chip analyst and argues that the 64-bit A7 in iPhone 5S was "necessary" and "meaningful."

Pineda calls Crothers' opinion post a "report" and assures us that the A7 is "likely paving the way for the same chip architecture to be found on the iPad 5 and the Retina-laced iPad Mini 2 on release date."

What was Pineda expecting? That having beaten the entire industry to the punch with a 64-bit mobile chip in iPhone 5S, Apple would then decide to not incorporate a version of it in the next iPad?

Crothers doesn't address the Next iPad directly, but he argues that the "what 64-bit gets me" is "a future iPad" or some other Apple device that can address more than the 4GB of memory addressable by a 32-bit chip.

The A7 doesn't gain in memory addressability; but it does gain performance benefits by using features of the ARMv8 instruction set, features not available to 32-bit ARM-based processors. What that also enables is a mobile computer that has the capabilities of a desktop computing architecture, increasingly able to be not merely a "content consumer" but a "content creator," in conjunction with a growing array of cloud services.


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