Apple VP of Product Marketing Bob Borchers and VP of Hardware Engineering John Ternus are featured in the latest episode of YouTube’s iJustine and Jenna Ezariks Same brain podcast where they discuss several aspects of the current iPad series and part of the development process that went into the latest fourth generation iPad Air.
Borchers talked about the new iPad Air and said that implementing the Touch ID sensor in the top button in a much smaller form factor was “an incredible technique.” Ternus explains that the narrow aspect ratio of the sensor made it quite challenging to implement. The sensor had to be “incredibly sensitive”
In the modiPad Air mobile model, Ternus notes that the upper part of the cabinet is simply the antenna, and a lot of work was done to ensure that the Touch ID sensor and the antenna did not interfere with each other since both are highly sensitive instruments. . He adds that a lot of “hardcore silicon and engineering” went into ensuring that the sensor could deliver the same level of safety as the previous iteration.
With the introduction of Neural Engine in iPad Air, Borchers notes that an increase in processing on the device gives powerfuliPad more powerful capabilities and gives users a greater degree of privacy.
The current iPad Pro series has the A12Z Bionic processor, and in particular, the new iPad Air is the first device to implement Apple’s latest A14 Bionic processor. Borchers mentions that the A12Z is ”optimized for professional workflows and experiences, especially those that can be more graphics-intensive.” Speaking of the differences between the two, he notes that the A12Z has an advantage in “things that can be more graphically intensive”, while the A14 offers “fantastic possibilities”.
Take a look at the full 40-minute podcast for more from Borchers and Ternus.