Originally Posted by jjsoviet
Manual file management works for me because I can be able to handle different file types (FLAC, PDF, MKV, etc.) with ease. For example, if I want to move over my downloads to their correct categories, I can do so within my tablet using a file manager: create a folder, move files, delete junk. It's basically the same as a PC interface where I can move around the stuff as I please, without being met with "unsupported file type" messages when using a program like iTunes.
Ah I see, that's fair enough. iTunes isn't big on different formats
Originally Posted by BizzareRide
The Cortex A15 won't tape-out until Q4 2012 and it isn't targeted towards tablets. It will have features more in line with traditional mobile/desktop CPUs which means it will use orders of magnitude more power than does the Cortex A9.
According to the ARM site, one of the applications for the Cortex A15 is "advanced smartphones" and also tablets. This article
also says that the Cortex A15 is working its way into tablets and smartphones in the second half of 2012 and I'd guess the writer is referring to Samsung's unveiling
of the Exynos 5250 which is apparently slated for release in Q2 2012. The Cortex A15 also offers 40% more performance over a Cortex A9 at the same clock speed, according to ARM.
I'd have a hard time believing that this would get less performance per watt than the Cortex A9, if that was true it'd be a bit of a flop. Even though it's adopted new features which will increase power consumption, the performance increase combined with the die shrink should make any power consumption increase negligible. For example a 1GHz Cortex A15 should perform as well as a 1.4GHz Cortex A9 while using less power and generating less heat, wouldn't it? They seem to say on their site that it is power efficient / low power.
A quote from ARM's site:
The ARM Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor is the highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen. It delivers unprecedented processing capability, combined with low power consumption to enable compelling products in markets ranging from smartphones, tablets, mobile computing, high-end digital home, servers and wireless infrastructure. The unique combination of performance, functionality, and power-efficiency provided by the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor reinforces ARM’s clear leadership position in these high-value and high-volume application segments.
Apple will definitely be working on this and I can only hope we'll see it in the A6 but if not, the A7. I'd say considering Apple's expertise + Intrinsity + P.A Semi, that they may even be able to remove any unnecessary features which should reduce power consumption. But maybe not, I'm not too familiar with that.Edited by steelbom - 1/31/12 at 5:54am