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" 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

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46 Comments

1. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Let's hope it's true! The iPad needs a quad-core processor to keep up.

4. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

yea because the Ipad isnt outselling every other tablet out there or anything.

11. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Lol. Hilariously true.

18. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Right...so why even come out with the iPad "s" or whatever? Your point is ?

28. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

If anything (and what I meant in my previous post was), as apps become more complex there will be a need for faster processors. I wasn't talking sales. The iPad needs to constantly improve. Whether it's small changes or big changes it needs to keep up with fresh features or more reasons to buy. Yes, it is the best selling tablet, but Apples tablet market share is shrinking (now I'm talking sales). But, you're right. Apple is very smart about what features they choose to add and when to add them. Did Apple need to release an ALL NEW REDESIGNED IPHONE? A lot of people thought yes, but sales figures show otherwise. I'm sure many consumers would be happy with a retina display, LTE, more RAM, and a slightly tuned A5 iPad 2S. I know I would. A high resolution screen is one of the things that is keeping me from getting a new iPad. Quad-core would be the icing on the cake. Either way, the new iPad will sell.

8. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Subjectively after 6+ months of use, my 1st gen iPad still feels faster and more responsive than my Tegra2 A500 Android tablet.

35. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

maybe because you're using an operating system that was designed for a music player with multimedia capabilities (ipod), instead of a computer-esque operating system designed for a person needing the capabilities of a computer in their pocket on a device that also makes phone calls?

46. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

or maybe apple just did it right.

24. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

My iPad 1 runs just fine. I have used an iPad 2 and it runs faster than most Android tablets.

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.

9. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Even Adobe has admitted that mobile flash is a dead end. Flash's claim to fame is battery drain and instability. Time to move on already. Get over it.

12. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yeah, I've been using Android for the past couple years and I think I've used Flash fewer than 10 times. It's really not a good argument any more.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i still use it quite often. It all depends on which parts of the net you are trolling in.

31. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah, Flash is really helpful if you happen to like watching movies and TV shows without having to pay for them... not that I do that...

39. TARDIS

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I use flash every day on both my prime and s2 for watching anime and other videos. I feel that it's still a decent arguement.

37. xvengence42

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Whats sad is that apple doesn't need to incorporate flash and it still dominates android in sales and customer satisfaction. Nice try though.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In tablets, yes. For now. However, tablets are a fledgling market for android OEMs. They will overcome iOS exactly as they did in smartphones. It's inevitable.

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

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.

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.

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.

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