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Two important features of the iPad 5 confirmed

So the rumours were true and the leaks confirmed, the iPhone 5c and 5s are a colourful iPhone and a faster iPhone with a fingerprint sensor. There were a couple of surprises and these have a bearing on the next iPad, almost certainly to be launched next month.

A7, the new 64bit chipset

Driving the new iPhone 5s is the A7, a powerful 64bit chipset with twice the general computing and graphics power of the previous A6 chipset. It seems certain that the iPad 5 will get an enhanced version of the A7, most likely called the A7X. It's likely that the A7X CPU will run at a higher clockrate and the GPU will likely be significantly more powerful than what is used in the A7. The full sized iPad has many more pixels to push around than the iPhone, so a more powerful GPU is a given if Apple want to avoid a disparity in performance across this new generation of iOS devices.

Free iWork and iLife apps

Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie will be supplied free of charge with anyone purchasing a new iOS device. This is significant as these are all content creation apps. By giving these apps away free Apple is increasing the value of its devices. We think many new iPad owners will be amazed at what the iWork and iLife apps are capable of.

What are you expecting from the next iPad, have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments section.

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