iPad Pro Features a New Storage Controller: “The Unsung Hero of Superfast Performance”
A new feature discovered in Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a storage controller that significantly improves the speed of read and write processes.
Apple is calling this feature an "unsung hero of superfast performance" that has been added in to help the tablet match the capabilities of a desktop computer. Not only match, but it also claims to deliver a "performance better than some desktop computers." Some is the key here. In the keynote, Apple showed that the iPad Pro will be able to edit three 4K streams simultaneously, justifying the need of a new super fast storage controller and the amount of RAM that has been reported by Adobe to be twice the amount present in the iPad Air 2.
We already heard that the giant tablet has enough power to replace your laptop. The new controller adds into these capabilities by improving the overall read and write speeds helping in improving iPad Pro's storage performance. This storage controller was designed to match the speeds of Pro's new A9X processing chip. Apple explains that its memory architecture helps people quickly open "even in the largest files," including, of course, "the big 4K movie you just edited or all the RAW images you imported from your HD camera."
Apple has talked a lot about the new A9X chip that is said to be 1.8 times faster than the CPU performance of iPad Air 2.
With 1.8 times the CPU performance of iPad Air 2, the A9X chip delivers incredible speed and responsiveness. So iPad Pro reacts to every gesture faster than ever. Even complex tasks like creating, rendering, and manipulating a 3D design or editing multiple streams of 4K video happen quickly and with unparalleled smoothness.
The controller was designed to match the speeds of A9X as mentioned above, however, there are no details if this was custom-designed for it. Custom design seems very likely though, as only a few years ago Apple bought Anobit, an Israel-based company, that deals with memory controller technology. Anobit was said to provide flash storage solutions that are designed to improve the speed, endurance and performance of storage systems while driving down the cost, TechCrunch had reported.
Apple is bringing the new tablet forward as a replacement for laptops, and apparently even desktops. Under the details of iPad Pro, Apple doesn't shy about comparing its new tablet with desktop PCs,
The A9X, our third-generation chip with 64‑bit desktop‑class architecture, gives iPad Pro the power to easily take on tasks that were once reserved for workstations and PCs. And tasks you’d never consider doing on a PC.
Apple starts selling iPad Pro in November. The base 32GB WiFi model will cost you $799, however, you might consider dropping $99 for Apple Pencil, and $169 for the Smart Keyboard.
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