iPad Why did Apple not put A6 in ipad mini retina?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by gadget123, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. gadget123 macrumors 68000

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Why did they not put an A6 in the ipad mini and offer less features like the last ipad mini? Why did they decide to make it premium only smaller?
  2. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    becuase the A6 can't drive a retina display in ios7
  3. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    They also boosted the price up to $400, so it's not necessarily that they were just doing it to be friendly. :p
  4. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Saint louis, MO
    They would've had to use the A6X, and since no other devices would've been using that chip as well, it was most likely more cost efficient just to move to the A7, so they could manufacture a single chip in a high quantity for both iPads & the iPhone 5s.
  5. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    A6 cannot support retina display
    A6X consumes too much power
    Apple has no choice but to use A7 if they want to put a retina display on the mini.
  6. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    Every dollar Apple can save, they do. When they can sell anything at any price there's no incentive to include the latest tech :)
  7. VTECaddict macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2008
    So you're mad that Apple didn't gimp the retina Mini? :confused:
  8. JoeRito macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2012
    New England, USA
    Here's the real reason: they are moving EVERYTHING to 64-bit.
  9. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Saint louis, MO
    I didn't think about the power saving bit, that probably makes the most sense of all.
  10. bambooshots macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2013
    That, and Apple will save on money in regards to economies of scale producing the A7 across its flagship devices.

    Also, look and see what the die size of the A6X is vs the A7. I think the A7 is actually a bit smaller.
  11. DaCurmudgen macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2012
    I'm no engineer, so this is an honest question. If that is true, why can the iPad 3 A5X chip power a Retina screen with iOS7?
  12. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    The A6X can drive a retina screen the A6 can't.
  13. Zellio macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    Just because it wasn't used doesn't mean it cant
  14. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    let's not kid ourselves, the iPad 3 runs iOS7 terribly.
  15. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2010
    It's probably easier for Apple and software developers to have fidelity across the product line. Most of the cost and hard work is related to developing the technology. Stamping out an A7 processor isn't much harder than stamping out an A6X (maybe even easier). Cost wise there isn't much savings either since an A7 processor cost $19 dollars a piece.
  16. Count Blah macrumors 68030

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    In going up to a retina display, they were forced to go with the A7 over the A6X, to save on power consumption.

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