It's pretty clear the introduction of the iPad in 2010 marked a turning point in the computer industry, one where consumers began to pivot from buying PCs to tablets. As Apple CEO Tim Cook was quick to point out during Tuesday's press event, the company has sold over 170 million iPads to date. Various analyst reports over the past year have pointed to tablets being on the brink of overtaking PCs in sales.
The new A7 processor in Apple's latest tablets and phones will help that even more. At first glance, this is nothing new. Every processor generation ends up being faster and more energy efficient in some way or another, so it's rare that a new CPU itself ends up being news outside of hardcore PC enthusiast circles.