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02-19-2012, 11:03 PM #1
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 [via WeiPhone]
02-19-2012, 11:31 PM #2
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02-20-2012, 12:29 AM #5
02-20-2012, 12:38 AM #6
Man, if there isn't an iPad 3 (or whatever name it may be) with a quad core processor that is at least two times faster than the A5, I'm going to quite disappointed in Apple
02-20-2012, 12:46 AM #7
Apple's all about squeezing as much profit as possible through the life of their components. The A5 is relatively new.
I wouldn't be surprised if this was just an iPad 2S, with the iPad 3 coming next year with a quad core processor.
02-20-2012, 04:38 AM #8
if the A5X can power a retina display, drive HD movies and everything else smoothly then why not. A more powerrful processor is extra cost and possibly extra power meaning less battery life. Will wait to see what features it has before I get decide for sure.
02-20-2012, 05:42 AM #9
02-20-2012, 06:01 AM #10
Who's to say the processor they will put in it (who's to say it's not a quad?) won't be twice as fast as the a5? All of you babies make me laugh "waaaaaa if apple doesn't give me what I want then I'm gonna hold my breath until I turn blue!"
People are starving and being killed around the world and you and those like you belly ache about a freakin iPad. Perspective maybe?
02-20-2012, 06:25 AM #11
it would not take any time at all for devs to convert their apps to the lower screen SIZE. if they do release one, it would have the same pixel count as the existing ipad2, but compressed into a smaller size. because of this, it will mean all that devs have to do is update their apps to retina quality, and boom, both ipad 2, ipad 2s and ipad 3 support.
(of course, thats only if there is a ipad 2/s/ with a smaller screen, this would also be the best option for apple making a smaller screen size since will be cheaper)
Last edited by EddieLeonard; 02-20-2012 at 06:45 AM.
02-20-2012, 07:07 AM #12
The only thing we can garner from this post is that apple didn't use the number 6. Everything else is just speculation
02-20-2012, 08:31 AM #13
I just hope it all works well. Hopefully the high res display stuff is true
02-20-2012, 08:36 AM #14
hahaha. ipad 3 / ipad 2s / ipad 2ass. whatever it is called.
the next ipad will not have retina! will not have a better camera! totally same design!
and it changes everything. Again!!
Everybody lets queue together! =)
02-20-2012, 12:26 PM #15
I'm not the least bit surprised by this. Supposedly this new iPad will be on shelves in less than two months and yet Apple magically has access to a quad-core reference design that no one is selling? Apple's chips are derivatives of those sold by the manufacturer of that chip. A4 was based on Samsung's Hummingbird and A5 was based on Samsung's Exynos. What then would this SoC be based on? The only quad-core SoC on the market is the Tegra3 and I'm more likely to win a seat in the senate than Apple is to deploy an Nvidia designed ARM solution.
Besides, it's the Retina display that's going to be the key feature here. Double the RAM and bump the GPU and there's no need for the extra cores.
02-20-2012, 03:02 PM #16
The "S" is supposed to stand for speed. If they just did a Retina Display it would be the iPad 2 R (or HD)
02-20-2012, 05:10 PM #17
02-20-2012, 11:34 PM #18
They can put A5x in the next iPad and plenty of people will buy it.
Leave a little something to upgrade for the next iPad, the same people will "upgrade" again.
Apple is like the drug dealer, they get you on the comeback.
So no way they will give you a cure (complete package), they will only give you a taste.
02-21-2012, 12:37 AM #19
I wish I had a miniature elephant that fit in the palm of my hand. I would pick him up and he'd lift up his trunk and stand on his back legs and say PRRRRRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMMPPPPPPPPPHHHHHHHH and I would say yes little elephant i love you too.