The iPad Uses The Same GPU As The iPod Touch?

We suspected that because of it’s larger size, the iPad would be able to fit more powerful components into it’s frame, with the obvious result being more speed, better graphics and longer battery life. Now Apple saying that is only partly the case. While it’s got a more powerful processor and bigger battery, the iPad uses the PowerVR SGX graphics processor made by Imagination Technologies; the same one used in the latest iPod Touch. The info was found in the most recent iPad SDK Beta 3 documentation.

It might seem surprising for such a big device, but it will be running the same apps as the iPod touch in terms of graphics. Also, the rest of the iPad’s internal structure is pretty similar to the iPod touch, so having the same GPU makes sense. That said, despite the simlarities, Apple warns that “… because the processor, memory architecture, and screen dimensions are different for iPad, you should always test your code on an iPad device before shipping to ensure performance meets your requirements.”

[via Cult of Mac]

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