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New processor for the $399 iPad 2 might mean Longer Battery Life

If you held off on picking up a new iPad based on the thinking that a lower-priced iPad 2 would meet your needs just fine, then we’ve got some bonus good news. It turns out that the (new) iPad 2 being made by Apple and sold at a lower price point isn’t the same old device that was introduced last year. Instead, the makeup of the older tablet has been revised to make room for a slightly-altered A5 processor.

But don’t expect any HUGE improvements. If that were the case, Tim Cook would have almost certainly said something about it back at the new iPad event. Those who have gotten inside the new old iPad say that the chip was built on the 32nm Samsung High-K + Metal Gate process. If your knowledge of tech components is at all similar to mine, that phrase means nothing. But those who know say the important thing to take away is the possibility that the updated iPad 2 will get better battery life than the original iPad 2.

So how do you know which one you’re getting? There’s a simple answer. It appears that the tablets with the older A5 come installed with iOS 5.0.1, whereas the revised chip is signified by iOS 5.1. So this might be a good time to exercise a return policy if you find yourself with 5.0.1 but want to get the longest battery life possible.

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