The iPad Air 2 benchmarks, LG's NUCLUN SoC, and the launch of iOS 8.1: weekly news round-up

The iPad Air 2 benchmarks, LG's NUCLUN SoC, and the launch of iOS 8.1: weekly news round-up
In case you haven't been following our news feed closely, here's your chance to catch up. We've once again put together last week's key stories in a single post, and the first one on the list is about the iPad Air 2. It is about the A8X chip inside it, to be more specific, as the silicon got taken through the benchmark hoops. Long story short, the test results confirm that the A8X packs quite a punch. 

Speaking of Apple-related news, the iOS 8.1 update was released last week. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners can now take advantage of Apple Pay both at brick-and-mortar retail stores and at websites that support it. Another welcome addition is the re-introduction of the Camera Roll in the iOS Photos app. iOS 8.1 was pushed to the iPhone 4s, the iPad 2, and newer Apple mobile devices.

In the meantime, LG announced its first SoC designed for smartphone use, the NUCLUN. It is an octa-core chipset that uses four ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz (for intensive tasks), and four ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz (these kicking in when less intensive processes are being executed). The first phone to use the new chip was also confirmed. 

For more of last week's top stories, flip through the slideshow below. 

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3 Comments

1. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'm debating if I should get the Air 2 or wait til the next one. Air 2 is amazing but my iPad 2 still runs smoothly for what I do (Netflix, iMessage, Facebook, IG, Browsing; that's it really). Also want a Sammy tab but I'll wait til the new iterations.

2. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

After reading the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 battery tests results on PA, you'd probably be better off updating to an iPad Air. Better yet, get it refurbished on the Apple store and save even more money. I bought the original Air last year for a good discount around Christmas. I looked at some at the Samsung tablets and the Sony Xperia Z and Z2 tablets but went with the Air because I'm invested in the Apple ecosystem and enjoy the tablet optimized apps (even though Google is closing that gap now). So far it has been able to handle everything I throw at it. But if your current iPad serves you well, there really is no need to update.

3. IcemanKimi

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

If you are happy with the performance and battery life with applications you use, then there is no neccesity for you to upgrade to the Air 2. If you intend to play some graphic intense games and are fascinated by the TouchID, then it is worth it.

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