Next generation of iPad might have a gyroscope



It is expected that Apple may ship the next generation iPad later this year. Some experts think that it would ship in the first quarter of 2011 which would also includes a smaller screen version. It would have many new features such as FaceTime and Retina Display. UBM TechInsights believes that the next generation iPad will include a three axis gyroscope just like iPhone 4 for a better gaming experience.

iPad gyroscope

According to a report, Apple has already tested three-axis gyroscope manufactured by InvenSense for iPad, but in the coming model, they would use a similar device by STMicroelectronics.

Steve Bitton, a product manager at UBM TechInsights said


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.

Bitton found out in a teardown of iPad that it has an unpopulated 24-pad spot next to an STMicro STM33DH accelerometer on its circuit board. This is the same circuit board in iPhone 4 and it places STMicro L3G4200D gyro but it has 16-pads.

Maybe Apple had the option to include gyroscope in iPad before iPhone 4 but decided to offer it in iPhone 4 first:

Bitton subsequently traced the digital output from the gyro on the iPhone 4 to its A4 processor and found similarities to the signal path between the iPad processor and the empty 24-pad space on the iPad board.

[via 9to5mac]

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