Picture Shows Next Generation iPad With A5X Not A6 Processor
A picture of Apple’s next generation iPad logic board has surfaced and the system-on-a-chip pictured isn’t the A6 processor largely assumed to power the iPad 3.
The chip has A5X printed on it instead of A6, and if the picture is indicative of the actual production iPad 3, Apple’s latest iPad will be powered by a modified A5 processor currently found in the iPad 2. The logic board indicates the chip was manufactured in Nov. 2011, and has 16GB of flash memory courtesy of Hynix.
Rumors earlier this month claimed Apple would forgo a quad-core A6 processor in favor of a dual-core model with improved graphics capabilities. These rumors may have had the dual core aspect right, but got the name of the chip itself wrong.
Also, there is the possibility that Apple reveals two versions of the iPad on March 7th, one with a full-fledged A6 processor called the iPad 3, and an iPad 2 with a Retina Display which would need the faster A5X processor to power the improved display.
But, again this is all speculation. Apple is expected to answer all our questions March 7. Please don't announce an iPad 2S Apple. For all that is good and pure in the world, please don't announce an iPad 2S.
Source: Apple Insider