One week ago today, Apple unveiled the iPad 3, which they named simply “the new iPad”. Preorders have already been underway and it is expected to go on sale on Friday this week, at 8:00 AM local time. While the iPad is exciting in a number of new ways, possibly one of the best things that it does is shed some light on what we can expect from the iPhone 5.

For one, the iPhone 5 is expected to come with the latest and greatest mobile OS from Apple, iOS 6. The new iPad to is expected to have the new version of iOS, so seeing what the operating system on the iPad will allow give us a unique glimpse into the future as to what will be on the iPhone 5.
The A5X chip is the processor that replaces the chip in both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. In terms of computing power, it is a dual-core, but for its graphics capabilities, it is quad-core. Although Apple has said that the A5X would not be a good match for a smartphone, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to expect to see something similar in the iPhone 5.
Face recognition software is something that we saw in Android 4.0 ICS, but it was mysteriously absent with Apple’s iOS 5. But with the release of the new iPad and with it a new OS, Apple fans can finally enjoy the benefits of having a phone that recognizes their face, for security purposes.

With the iPhone 4S already having SIRI, it is a given that the iPhone 5 is going to have some form of voice-activated search assistant software. But since the new iPad has SIRI 2, then it would make a lot of sense to expect it to show up in the iPhone 5 as well.

Although one of the biggest selling points of the new iPad is the hugely improved screen resolution thanks to its Retina display, the iPhone 4S already has that same technology. Having said that, it doesn’t take much imagination to see that an improved Retina display on the iPhone 5 will happen.

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