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  • Apple Reportedly Making Both A6 and A5X Chips At Once


    The next generation iPad is literally right over the horizon. We are expecting to hear from Apple about it sometime next week at their event on the 7th of March. As we expect from nearly every new iDevice that rolls off of Apple’s conveyor lines, it is supposed to hold a new processor with better specs than the last. The big question is, “Will it hold the A6 chip?”

    We’ve heard numerous reports of Apple’s next generation iPad being said to hold the A6 chip, but in a recent turn of events, we have been hearing reports about an A5X chip, which has been pictured. The A5X chip would be similar in qualities to the A5 chip, with slightly better performance. An A6 chip on the other hand, would be a completely new chip with all-around better specs and a complete makeover on performance and battery efficiency as we have seen improved in previous chips.

    Citing 9to5Mac, Apple appears to be in production of both chips at once, which is a real force to be reckoned with. This means Apple could be on the verge of releasing two kinds of iPads. Along with the reports of hardware such as a retina display, there have also been reports of a cheaper eight-inch iPad. This iPad would be not only cheaper, but it would have less impressive specs than the full-size iPad. Other reports suggest that the A6 may be used for the next generation iPad and the A5X could be used for next generation iDevices excluding the iPad.

    Normally the marketing of two kinds of one device, one being less expensive with less impressive specs and the other being more expensive with better specs, at once from Apple would seem like a no-go. However, since the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple still produces and markets the iPhone 4 as a cheaper alternative. It could even be possible that we see the iPad 2 reproduced with the A5X chip and the iPad 3 sold with the new A6 chip. Whatever the case, we know the next generation iPad will be newer and better and we look forward to seeing what time brings.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly Making Both A6 and A5X Processors started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      The iPad 2S......perhaps?
    1. dfheje's Avatar
      dfheje -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      The iPad 2S......perhaps?
      LOL I hope not.. Maybe A5X = iPhone A6 = iPad?
    1. Cellular's Avatar
      Cellular -
      Knowing apple they will give you the short end of the stick... Or make A5x for new itouch 5.
      Let the rumors begin!
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      My brother in law just came out from Cali n he works at apple let's just say A5X 8" A6 #3
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      My brother in law just came out from Cali n he works at apple let's just say A5X 8" A6 #3
      Thanks for the inside info man, totally believe u...You think u could give me some stock advice?
    1. rukavuda's Avatar
      rukavuda -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      My brother in law just came out from Cali n he works at apple let's just say A5X 8" A6 #3
      your brother in law would not be so stupid to tell you that info
      if he did he will soon be looking for a new job
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      I think that eventually, we are going to see a "normal" and "pro" lines - just like with all the Apple computers.
    1. Pocyahtstu's Avatar
      Pocyahtstu -
      8" ipad bite will run on A5x iPad 3 will run on A6.
      Don't forget the almighty of all idevices! iPhone 5 on A6
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Yeah I would definitely think that Apple would go with the A6 for the next gen iPhone, or at least I hope.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I bet the iPad 3 will come with the slower of the 2 chips. If the A5X is slower then thats the iPad3 chip.
      They will wait and probably release the iPhone 5 with the A6.

      You gotta remember Apple arn't nice. They are in it for the money and love to give out crap.
      If they were nice we would have an open iPad that would be so good everyone would want one instead of a lot of Android tablets that just kick *** over any iPad.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I bet the iPad 3 will come with the slower of the 2 chips. If the A5X is slower then thats the iPad3 chip.
      They will wait and probably release the iPhone 5 with the A6.

      You gotta remember Apple arn't nice. They are in it for the money and love to give out crap.
      If they were nice we would have an open iPad that would be so good everyone would want one instead of a lot of Android tablets that just kick *** over any iPad.
      Hahahaha.. you Apple haters make me laugh. Android tablet better... hahahahahaha. Thats why they sell so well eh? It is closed for a reason, and it works for most consumers, the others can jailbreak if they want to. You stick to your super-fragmented Android platform umkay?
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Hahahaha.. you Apple haters make me laugh. Android tablet better... hahahahahaha. Thats why they sell so well eh? It is closed for a reason, and it works for most consumers, the others can jailbreak if they want to. You stick to your super-fragmented Android platform umkay?
      You mad bro?
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
      You mad bro?
      No, it just gets old. I guess I don't understand why anyone would waste time on an Apple related site if they hate them so much. The only 2 conclusions I can come up with is that either they are closet Apple lovers or they are trolls.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cellular View Post
      Knowing apple they will give you the short end of the stick... Or make A5x for new itouch 5.
      Let the rumors begin!
      No, they'll put the A5 in the itouch 5...
    1. Moreno53's Avatar
      Moreno53 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I bet the iPad 3 will come with the slower of the 2 chips. If the A5X is slower then thats the iPad3 chip.
      They will wait and probably release the iPhone 5 with the A6.

      You gotta remember Apple arn't nice. They are in it for the money and love to give out crap.
      If they were nice we would have an open iPad that would be so good everyone would want one instead of a lot of Android tablets that just kick *** over any iPad.
      Rigggghtt...that's why when the iPad2 came out it kicked the living **** out of every Android tablet on the market right??
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      You get so hung up on a chip name. For all we know an A5X chip could be up to twice as fast as an A5 but if not called A6 then it must not be worth it and we'll all cry "why oh why has Apple forsaken us"....
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      You get so hung up on a chip name. For all we know an A5X chip could be up to twice as fast as an A5 but if not called A6 then it must not be worth it and we'll all cry "why oh why has Apple forsaken us"....
      I have to agree. Just because the new A5 chip has an 'X' on the end of it does preclude it from being a quad core chip.

      Intel released the exact same architecture for its Core2Duo and Core2Quad chips, the only difference being the number of cores.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      Thanks for the inside info man, totally believe u...You think u could give me some stock advice?
      Haha. This made me laugh. I fear I detect Sarcasm... ;p
    1. ill_graphics's Avatar
      ill_graphics -
      I don't understand why all the info from 9 to 5 Mac wasn't included in the post here. Which would have stopped a lot of the babbling going on, the A5x is only a min. upgrade...as the jump from the A4 chip to the A5 was 10 & from the A5 to the A5x is only 5. It also speculates it could be used in the new gen Apple TV, 8" iPad & other IOS devices, where as the A6 is most likely for the iPad 3 (or whatever it will be called) & maybe the iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called). There is even an image of code confirming said statements, please research before just babbling on about something you haven't taken the time to research or even look into. Knowledge is power & ignorance is just ignorance
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I bet the iPad 3 will come with the slower of the 2 chips. If the A5X is slower then thats the iPad3 chip.
      They will wait and probably release the iPhone 5 with the A6.

      You gotta remember Apple arn't nice. They are in it for the money and love to give out crap.
      If they were nice we would have an open iPad that would be so good everyone would want one instead of a lot of Android tablets that just kick *** over any iPad.
      You really are the biggest C**K of all time aren't you. And a true total Pr**k. I would have banned a mug like you a long time ago!