Apple’s latest magic trick was upgrading their previous A4 chip into a dual core variant, the A5.  This chip powers the recently announced iPad 2 and is likely to be in the upcoming summer release of the iPhone 5 (4s?)  The folks at Chipworks have done some reverse engineering (which may be using actual magic) to see what the inside of the A5 looks like… all 2.9Million gates of it.

One of the major feature updates for the iPhone 4 included a gyroscope.  There are two applications that a gyroscope can be used for:  keeping an object in balance and providing precise positioning data.  Obviously, the intended application in an iPhone is improved positioning and control of software objects.  One of the questions I had about the iPhone 4 was whether there was something (very tiny) spinning inside of the iPhone or if the device…