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  • iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 to Use A9 and A9X Processors


    Apple's own, Johny Srouji who oversees Apple's chip development as Apple's SVP of Hardware Technologies, Bloomberg quietly confirmed some key processor details about Apple's upcoming devices, the iPhone 5se and the iPad Air 3.

    The iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will reportedly use Apple's latest chip technologies, with the iPhone 5se adopting the A9 processor from the iPhone 6s and the iPad Air 3 adopting the A9X processor first used in the iPad Pro.

    Early iPhone 5se rumors were offered conflicting information on the processor that would be used, with some pointing towards the A9 and others pointing towards the previous-generation A8. Later rumors have solidified around the A9, and now we've got confirmation from a reliable source.

    For the iPad Air 3, while the A9X seemed like a logical choice for the tablet, there was no prior rumor suggesting it was indeed the chip Apple would be using, so Bloomberg's concrete information about the chip is worth highlighting.

    Bloomberg's piece also further confirms Apple's planned March event, which is rumored to be taking place mid-month, on March 15. Further rumors have suggested the two devices will be released online and in retail stores just days after their unveiling, on March 18.

    In March, Apple intends to announce an updated iPad and smaller-screen iPhone featuring the latest A9x and A9 chips, according to a person familiar with the plans, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly
    The iPhone 5se is Apple's 4-inch iPhone, which will be sold alongside its larger-screened flagship devices. iPhone 5se rumors suggest it will look like a cross between an iPhone 5s and an iPhone 6s, using the iPhone 5s body with the curved display glass of the newer device.

    As for the iPad Air 3, it's expected to take several design cues from the iPad Pro. It is rumored to include four speakers, two at the top and two at the bottom, along with a possible Smart Connector for accessories and a rear LED flash, the first to be implemented in an iPad.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 to Use A9 and A9X Processors started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      Yep,It's time to upgrade my iPad Air 1
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Is the A9X the same SoC as the iPad Pro?
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Is the A9X the same SoC as the iPad Pro?
      Yes
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Beware the ides of March!
    1. xushi's Avatar
      xushi -
      So.... what are the benefits? What will we gain with these new processors? What can they do that the current ones can't ?

      Surely they would satisfy their customers more if they put more RAM and external media support ?
    1. MalayZN's Avatar
      MalayZN -
      Quote Originally Posted by xushi View Post
      So.... what are the benefits? What will we gain with these new processors? What can they do that the current ones can't ?

      Surely they would satisfy their customers more if they put more RAM and external media support ?

      So this seems to be the case that the chip comes with a certain amount of ram so the A9 will have 2gb like the S series does
      and the A9x will have 4gb like the pro has...
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by xushi View Post
      So.... what are the benefits? What will we gain with these new processors? What can they do that the current ones can't ?

      Surely they would satisfy their customers more if they put more RAM and external media support ?
      You're right they need these. However they need to keep up with the current iPads.. It's kind of a cat and mouse game with them..
    1. Leolion311's Avatar
      Leolion311 -
      Their is still problems with the iPad Pro as it's the Software that has issues,so Apple needs to up their invention in their software.
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Leolion311 View Post
      Their is still problems with the iPad Pro as it's the Software that has issues,so Apple needs to up their invention in their software.
      I'm sure they will in iOS 10 !
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Looking forward to it. This may be the year I finally retire my first gen retina iPad that is going on 5 years old. But it still runs pretty well and my resource needs are pretty low, so buying a new one would be more of a "nice to have" than a "must have".