A5X, not A6, visible on latest leaked iPad 3 logic board photo

A5X, not A6, visible on latest leaked iPad 3 logic board photo
A photo has surfaced of what is allegedly an iPad 3 logic board. Notable, the processor is not an A6 as described in the most recent leak, rather it is clearly emblazoned with the text “A5X.”

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

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iPad 3
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5X, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Tegra 3 and upcoming Exynos are now laughing in the face of this outdated chip

8. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

samsung probably made this "outdated" chip

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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: Nov 09, 2011

too bad Apple still ends up making the most profit...:-(

32. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Nov 09, 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: Sep 04, 2011

thats exactly what i meant lol, dont know why i got thumbs down

26. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 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: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 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: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

*iPad 2s *iPad 3

2. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 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?

3. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

it will still break record sales lol

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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: Jun 25, 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

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 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: Aug 12, 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 unregistered

Just like 10MB was the biggest hard drive you'd ever need.

6. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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: Jul 07, 2011

The spec war is over for the average consumer. People care about how the thing works.

23. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

what do i care what the average consumer thinks? those specs are for me.

29. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

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