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.