WebOS may run faster on the iPad 2 than on the TouchPad

Rumor claims that HP engineers were able to successfully port the webOS platform to Apple’s iPad 2 with stunning results
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If your number one competitor can run your in-house software and operating system better than your own hardware can, then you know you’re in for a lot of trouble down the line.

According to, this was exactly the case with HP’s webOS and Apple’s iPad 2. Its sources claim that software engineers at HP were able to successfully load the iPad 2 with webOS and had it running the operating system twice as fast as the TouchPad. If true, we can only imagine the frustration and disappointment from the developers at HP.

The TouchPad tablet may have also been conceived way back in 2009 around the time HP acquired Palm Inc., the source claims. Effectively, this would mean that the built-in hardware could be quite out of date by 2011 standards, which could explain the rumored gap in performance levels between the TouchPad and iPad 2.

The current HP TouchPad is equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon APQ8060 CPU while an iPad uses a dual-core 1GHz Apple A5 CPU.

HP announced the demise of the webOS family of devices yesterday with an official press release. HP CEO Leo Apotheker apparently did not inform other executives of the decision until late Sunday, August 14th.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.