updated 10:35 pm EDT, Tue August 10, 2010
Functionality to match iPhone 4
Apple is likely to integrate a three-axis gyroscope in the next iPad, according to a UBM TechInsights analyst. The company allegedly tested a component from InvenSense, however the production model is likely to use a similar component from STMicroelectronics.
An iPad teardown revealed an empty 24-pad spot next to an STMicro accelerometer, according to an EE Times report. The empty spot could have fit a three-axis gyro offered by InvenSense. Engineers also found similarities in the signal paths of the iPhone 4's gyro and the empty spot on the iPad.
“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,” said UBM TechInsights product manager Steve Bitton.