Apple’s iPad 2 is finally in the hands of enthusiastic customers -- and gamers are most certainly among them. In addition to a faster dual-core A5 processor and a new graphics engine that claims a nine-fold improvement, the iPad 2 is also now rocking a gyroscope, which iOS developers are already starting to take advantage of.
Here’s a look at the few, the proud, the first barrage of gyroscope-enabled games that have arrived with the iPad 2 -- as well as a few iPhone 4 classics to tide you over while developers work to update their HD equivalents.
Apps that take advantage of the iPhone 4's gyroscope, its extra motion axis, are slowly rolling out. Until now, they've mostly been games or augmented reality apps. Gyro Air Drums does something a little different: it uses the gyroscope to make music.
There's been a lot of ballyhoo made over the iPhone 4's innovative antenna design and high resolution Retina Display, but you don't often hear too much about one of the unsung heroes of the handset's hardware, the gyroscope.
"A gyroscope, you say?" Yep it's in there, and it's a fine upgrade over the iPhone 3GS' compass and accelerometer hardware.
When a simple teardown just isn't enough, iFixit goes above and beyond to hone in on the real power behind the iPhone 4. With a little help from their friends over at Chipworks, iFixit took a good look at the MEMS (microelectromechanical system) that adds to the glory of the next generation iDevice.
Additionally, iFixit put another gyroscope, one not used in the iPhone, under a microscope to show just how truly complex the component is. It may look like a simple chip to the naked eye, but underneath all those layers of copper lies a truly intricate piece of technology. Click after the cut to see what we're talking about.
UBM TechInsights, an information services provider for technology companies, has concluded that the iPhone 4's pairing of the gyroscope with the A4 processor could very well mean that the iPad will share these same components in the future.
TechInsight's senior analyst Steve Bitton speculates that the next-generation iPad will get the gyroscope because of the presence of an empty slot next to the processor. Additionally, the iPad also has an accelerometer, which combined with a gyroscope could be the perfect bait for game developers.