Next Gen iPad May Include Gyroscope

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Like the iPhone 4, the next generation iPad will most likely include a three-axis gyroscope. The current iPad even includes a space that looks to be just right for holding a gyroscope chip, but not the same unit used in the iPhone 4, according to EE Times.

Based on what’s missing from the iPad, it appears that Apple may have been trying out InvenSense’s ITG-3200 gyroscope chip in prototypes, but left the part out of the final design. The info comes from UBM TechInsights product manager, Steve Bitton, after conducting an iPad teardown.

“It seemed strange at the time that a product like the iPad would have been designed to not include a gyroscope but an iPhone 4 that was being designed at around the same time would,” he said.

The gyroscope chip used in the iPhone 4 is the L3G4200D from STMicroelectronics. That may be the same chip Apple will use in the next iPad, Mr. Bitton suspects.

“Apple probably chose to wait until the next iteration of the iPad to introduce gyroscope capabilities [and plans] to use ST Micro’s L3G4200D to reduce the amount of [software] development required,” he said.

Adding a gyroscope to the iPad, and also the iPod touch, makes sense because developers are already writing apps designed to take advantage of the feature in the iPhone 4. Extending that functionality to the iPad and iPod touch could make the devices even more enticing to portable gamers.

Since Apple doesn’t comment on unannounced products, however, Mr. Bitton’s ideas should be considered as speculation.

Comments

MOSiX Man

Well, right, this is a no-brainer. Now that they’ve introduced the iPhone 4 with a gyroscope, why would they not include one in the next iPod touch and iPad?

Substance

Gotta agree with MOSiX, this would only be news to me if the next iPad or iPod Touch did NOT include a gyroscope. 

But I did like the part about the current iPad having the space for a gyroscope chip.  I can understand why Apple released the iPad as is - basically on par with the iPhone 3 and with none of the features of the just released iPhone 4.  But most of the new features on the iPhone 4 - as great as they are for that device - will be mind-blowing on the iPad.  The gyroscope is a good example, but it’s the retina display that will take the iPad to a Whole ‘Nother Level.

BurmaYank

Surely then, the STMicroelectronics L3G4200D gyroscope chip installation into existing iPads will soon be a quickly-done free upgrade for owners who bring their iPads into an Apple Store.

But the iPad’s dire need for a camera still aches like a sore thumb!

computerbandgeek

Surely then, the STMicroelectronics L3G4200D gyroscope chip installation into existing iPads will soon be a quickly-done free upgrade for owners who bring their iPads into an Apple Store.

Please take a picture of the look on the Genius’s face when you ask them to do this wink

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