A5X, not A6, visible on latest leaked iPad 3 logic board photo
The date code on the A5X suggests that it was manufactured sometime between November 14th and November 20th of 2011. Another point of interest in the photograph is that it appears the board is sporting a pair of 16 GB flash memory chips manufactured by Hynix.
While it is obviously not quite an A6, we would assume that an A5X is a more powerful version of the A5 that is currently featured in both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. Now the question is, how much more powerful, and why not an A6? Rumor has it Apple will make an official announcement about the next iPad at an event scheduled for March 7th. We will have to wait until then to see how much of a boost this new A5X chip offers over the previous A5.
source: MacRumors via AppleInsider
1. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Tegra 3 and upcoming Exynos are now laughing in the face of this outdated chip
8. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
samsung probably made this "outdated" chip
11. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
good for samsung. save the best for themselves and leave the scraps for apple then. i hope they overcharged apple too.
31. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
too bad Apple still ends up making the most profit...:-(
32. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
We will see about it, there will be a lot of Tegra 3-devices at MWC... But you all should know that the chips used by Apple never had outstanding specs, but the iDevices still are one of the fastest outta there.
33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
actually Apple uses pretty superb hardware but they're pretty conservative with things like RAM and the clock frequencies.
42. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
this is just sad, you can't admit the truth if it's starring u in the face, Apple sTILL MAKES aLL the profit!
41. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
thats exactly what i meant lol, dont know why i got thumbs down
26. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
i wouldnt say that yet, as this chip may intact use 2 ARM cortex A-15 cores instead of 2 Cortex A9, either way the A5x is going to have a much more powerful graphics core
27. quakan (Posts: 1197; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
It's not about having the most powerful processor, all you need is to find the right processor for your OS. I bet you this iPad will still run great and will be buttery smooth like you'd expect. It'll still be able to handle all the tasks you could possibly perform on here with ease. Processing power is mainly a concern of Android tablets because there is so many different tablets that don't all run seamlessly and others that do, so it is important to Android tablet buyers so that they know the tablet they are getting will offer a great user experience and will minimize lag as much as possible. You can have your Tegra 3 or Exynos processor and iPad 3 buyers will still get a great product that runs well.
35. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
This chip is for the ipad 3, the A6 chip is being kept for the ipad 3$ due to be released 6 months later and will change everything again
2. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
I can't say i'm surprised, is the only real selling point for this going to the "retina" display? It is a little thicker and heavier, with a slightly modified cpu, and the same design. I mean it's still going to be a solid product, but are they really just selling off name now?
12. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
the expected display is lower than apple's own specifications for retina display (300+ppi). the processor was manufactured in november (nuff said). and the design is almost exactly the same. in all aspects the next ipad is the embodiment of incremental upgrade.
16. captainqtp (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)
The 300 ppi is for using the phone at certain average viewing distance. I'm pretty sure the average viewing distance on a tablet will be further out, thus allowing for a lower PPI to be called a retina display (where your eye can't detect where one pixel starts and ends.) I do not prefer Apple myself, but I don't think it is disingenuous to describe a pixel doubled 1024x768 "retina" on a 10" screen.
18. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
good point. i thought i recalled the late jobs saying that the eye only detects up to 300ppi and so everything above is retina. it doesnt matter to me i just thought it would be lame for apple to create a standard and then lower it just to keep the namesake.
4. kamejoko (Posts: 110; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
Because apple switch from SS to TSMC. Then switch from TSMC to SS.
A5X has 4cores with 45nm. Sure.
5. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
I have an iPad 2 n trust me am just waiting for a quad core Samsung device.my reason is simple,soon Microsoft or google will be realising full Os's on this devices (android jellybeans n w8) you will never feel out dated with a quad core devices....it has enough power to ran wat ever future softwares thrown at it....people who will make mistakes and purchase an ipad2s will regret they did but not show it....am pleading to people the 1st iPad is no dfrnt from de ipad2.please don't stupidly waste ur monies again.there are better tech coming just be patient.a full windows 8 tablet with no apps is still 100% better Dan an ipad10x with crap IOS 5.1 ....pleaseeee don't make dis mistake.i chose an iPad2 cos at dat time it was de only alternative but won't fall for an ipad2s.no way
40. stealthd (Posts: 968; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Just like 10MB was the biggest hard drive you'd ever need.
6. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
IOS doesn't need quad-core, it is so fast and fluid, just like windows phone 7. An iPhone 4 with a 1 Ghz processor and a Samsung Focus with a 1 GHz processor is on par with the Lg Nitro HD with 1.5 GHz dual core processor. An iPad with quad core would be wayyyyy overkill
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
when it comes to spending money in a competitive market there's no such thing as overkill. better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. i can understand why Apple wouldn't press on processing power so much but i think they might as well since everybody else is doing it.
14. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
apple is going to need quadcore if they want the same fluidity on higher resolution screens. maybe not in this generation of products. but if and when a 4k display is on a mobile device quadcore is a must have.
17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
actually i believe an improved, (even if it's just slightly) higher clocked A5 could do the trick. it's probably thicker to incorporate a bigger battery to compensate and offer up comparable battery life to it's predecessor. i wouldn't hold my breath on LTE though. that'll probably be held off for the iPad 3 if my hunch is correct.
19. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
well it might due the trick, but i know that i will want a quadcore 28nm A15 architecture beast hiding behind my 4k display (powered by google of course) .
i wonder if the A5x is still on the cortex A9? that would be a let down. they might as well have OC'd the A5 then. or maybe that is what they did.
20. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
The spec war is over for the average consumer. People care about how the thing works.
23. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
what do i care what the average consumer thinks? those specs are for me.
29. quakan (Posts: 1197; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
For the average consumer, there was never a spec war to begin with. Most people purchase off what they know is popular and what they know works well. iPad has both of those. Also you have large community of accessory makers who are willing to provide damn near anything you could ever want for it, even attachable fleshlights (you'll have to google up that attachment haha). That right there is free marketing for Apple that when you go into a store and you see endless products that say "compatible with iPad and other tablets". Your average consumer will just see iPad and say ok I'll take that. They're not going to be like "Hmm other tablets...I wonder what are the other tablets".
22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, that would be the best case scenario.
i think the bump in architecture from A9 to A15 is significant enough to justify it being the A6 so i doubt the A5X is nothing more than a souped up version of the A5.
7. tedkord (Posts: 4936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
All this story possibly shows is what the chip may be named. For all anyone knows, the A5X may have all the same spec/internals the A6 was rumored to have.
10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
anything that goes beyond A5 will surely be immensly powerful. maybe we're not quite talking Exynos 5xxx here but it'll do fine for what i'm relatively sure is an iPad 2S.
13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i think Apple has a simultaneous launch for the iPhone 5 & the iPad 3 in mind for Q3/Q4.
15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
apple is holding a conference in march. i hope that they make their fanbase wait that long but it seems to me that the next ipad launch is going to be june at the latest.
30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'm going off of my speculation that the next iPad will be the 2S and THAT'LL be announced next month.
21. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
Apple knows it doesn't need a powerful cpu to outsell the competition it just needs good marketing..........
If there is anything Apple is good at it is its larger than life brand image.....No matter what the ipad 2s/ipad 3 packs in, it will still sell like hot cakes.....
I wonder if any other mobile device will ever enjoy that cult status as an iphone or an ipad....
My fingers are crossed for mighty "Samsung Galaxy S3" and a windows 8 tablet from nokia.....
Hope Sammy blesses the S3 with exynos 5xxx......
But to be realistic that is what the game is all about....why give away all the eggs in your basket now when u can still sell 50 odd millions of S3 with exynos 4xxx with a slightly bumped up specs.....ie lte support and 1.8 GHz dual core speed and A15 cortex......and hopefully a 2200 mAh battery....:)
25. hritikbhimani (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
so this confirms the new ipad will definitely nt be called ipad 3 but ipad 2s
seriously apple seems to just cash in the name of the iphone n ipad now...with little or no innovation @ all
in iphone 4s they just upgraded hardware slightly n launched siri
in ipad 2s nothing seems revolutionary either
apple products can no longer brag abt being REVOLUTIONARY...they r just playing catchup to competitiors now
lets just hope they hav something more remarkable to show off in next gen iphone
PS - Samsung Note 10.1 is gonna be the best tab this yr along with GS3 taking reins of the king of smartfones....GO SAMSUNGGGGGGGGGGGGG
34. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
So basically...what's new with this new iPad? ^^
37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Retina Display and probably Siri. xD
36. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Good job Samsung. They need a quad core to Compete against other android phones and tablets. it don't matter if it needs it or not.