Leaked images may point to dual-core iPad 2S, not quad-core iPad 3

Leaked images may point to dual-core iPad 2S, not quad-core iPad 3
Far be it from us to stop reporting non-stories when they happen, so we though you all might like to know that there is more proof that the iPad 3 (or iPad 2S, or iPad 2.379) has the components that we all expected. Oh, and before we go any farther, we know that some of you tend to think that we would drop an actual picture of an unreleased device as the small title image on an article, so for you: no, that is not an actual picture of the iPad 3. If it were, this article would have "exclusive" slapped all over it. It is just a random mockup that we found and thought it looked far cooler than the actual iPad 3 is likely to look.  

Anyway, we have all known for upwards of 6 months or so that the next iPad would have a quad-core A6 processor; and, we have known for just as long that it would also have LTE, although we've only had reasonable proof for about 3 months now. Regardless of what we already know, it's always nice to have completely unsourced rumors to "confirm". BGR has reported that an anonymous source, which claims to have a prototype iPad 3 (because Apple is known for giving prototypes to people who will leak random bits of code,) has released info from debugging software iBoot showing that the iPad 3 will have a quad-core A6 processor, and a global radio. Unfortunately, the actual information in the images doesn't confirm the A6 that BGR is claiming.

The radio, as we expected, is a world radio covering all flavors of GSM, CDMA, and LTE that you may come across. 

**Update** Although, as an intrepid reader Squallz pointed out, the number scheme for the CPU model number doesn't necessarily match with the predictions. We've checked the images and there is no actual mention of an A6 quad-core CPU, just the new model number. And, as Squallz points out, the single core A4 was model **30X, the dual core A5 was **40X, and the CPU listed in this iPad is model **45X. So, there's a fair chance that this isn't the iPad 3 with an A6 processor, but an iPad 2S with a slightly souped up dual-core A5. 

Adding to the confusion is Apple's device model numbering scheme, as the device shown is tagged as the iPad3,1, which doesn't mean it is the iPad 3, merely that it is the 3rd gen iPad, which again could be the iPad 2S. 

source: BGR

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iPad 3
  • Display 9.7 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5X, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 11560 mAh
  • OS iOS 9.x

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46 Comments

44. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

hahhaa Love the picture made me click on the link one time. Then got a full explanation of it not being the ipad 2.379

43. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why would they release an iPad 3 right now? The iPhone 4s proved once and for all that Apple can release ANYTHING, and the iOS faithful will buy it. Why waste money on developing something new when you can sell people the same thing they already have now, knowing that they'll buy the upgrade next year anyway?

40. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

If it is the same cores, just more of them ... they may have decided just to up it a half step? The A4 to the A5 actually brought more cores AND functionality. If the A6 is more a core count bump ... again, it could just be a half step. Who knows ... this is all speculation.

38. trollhunter

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

I am the anonymous source. I sent it to mess with their minds. I'm just a fake douche who likes to put up more rumors.

34. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Realizing it's apple, they won't release quad-cores until late this year or next after everyone else already has, and then say it's innovative and magical and that it's the only way to get a quad-core

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so whats the new features on the ipad 3s? a 2mpx front camera? lol

30. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

so i get thumbed down for pointing out a fact?

32. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Apple designs the processors that Samsung builds for them and they were wise to choose an OMAP4(MP2) over the Mali-400 that Samsung would've used so i'd say Apple should get some credit there.

36. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

well i was just saying what i had heard, im not claiming to be a technology genius its just what i knew.

41. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

*PowerVRSGX

22. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

@squallz506 Wow... Very good point!:)

25. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Pro tip: you can just use the reply button on a comment to reply to that specific comment.

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

LOL. This sounds like a huge iFail 2S. Stupid Apple fanatics buying the same thing with incremental updates. You realize you're paying stupid amounts of profit margin on buying the same thing you already had with a little different specs, right? I wouldn't really be that proud buying from a company with profit margins like 71% on their iPhone 4. Thats like thanking and defending your rapist.

19. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yay, I prompted an update, xD.

23. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Valuable, insightful comments will always get more attention from me. Not so much with the rabble...

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you're awesome squallz! i'm jelly. xD

16. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Um, i'll stick with my iPad 2, thank you very much. What's the use of being overcharged for data usage from the greedy carriers with LTE. Useless for me. Some of you that are corp sponsored it's a great deal. For the general public...no thanks.

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

If the a4 is S5L8930X, And the a5 is S5L8940X Shouldn't the quadcore be S5L8950X? Ill be the first to bet my lunch money that the next ipad with the S5L8945X is 1.5Ghz dualcore.

15. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Great point! I'm gonna update the article

48. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Michael, It is one thing for society to be drugged up on Apple. However, the Media and forum sites such as this one have become so caught up in the Apple movement, that they lose all sense of great journalism. Maybe it would be best to wait for factual evidence before placing continual acticles on Apple. It can avoid possible unnecessary and embarrassing "updates". John B.

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

before people get all crazy about the quad core A6 being the best its manufactured by samsung. therefore it isn't apples processor the best its samsung. the display isnt theirs nothing is lol except maybe the design

10. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Troll

14. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

A troll calling out a troll. hmmmmmmm

29. SleepingOz unregistered

Pot calling kettle black, how ironic! You are probably the biggest troll on this site along with gemini(ex taco) and the miz.

13. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Samsung manufactures apples chips. We all know that. But what some people either don't know, fail to understand, or ignore for the sake of trolling(and I accuse you of none of those) is that the chip design is not samsungs. Apple designed the Ax series(A4-6) in house.

17. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

very true. suck it up peeps.

5. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

"It is just a random mockup that we found and thought it looked far cooler than the actual iPad 3 is likely to look."

27. dZW

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 16, 2008

this article was written so very well..... bahaha

2. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

WOW Thanks Apple, More of whats already out lol....where is the Flash? this is why I stick with Android!

3. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

i have an iphone and an ipad and have never needed flash for anything.

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