Most publications are agreeing on most of the specs for the upcoming iPad 3. The consensus seems to be that the iPad 3 will feature a Retina display, larger battery, upgraded cameras, iOS 5.1 w/ Siri support, and LTE. However, the main question lingering is if the iPad 3 will feature the rumored upgraded dual-core A5X processor or quad-core A6 processor.

AllThingsD has published a report on the latest out of analyst Steve Mullane. Mullane says he’s been hearing from supply chains that the iPad 3 will feature the dual-core A5X processor…

BlueFin Research Partners analyst Steve Mullane says information coming out of the semiconductor supply chain suggests that Samsung, Apple’s chip fab partner, isn’t equipped to manufacture 28-nanometer quad-core chips, as the A6 is presumed to be….we believe the 32-nanometer ramp validates the recent rumors that the iPad 3 will likely use a higher speed, die-shrink version of the A5 dual-core processor, named the A5X processor, as opposed to the next-generation A6 quad-core processor.”

Mullane’s findings back up earlier claims that the iPad 3 will feature an A5X processor. However, 9to5mac’s Mark Gurman reported over the weekend that Apple is currently working on both the A6 processor and A5X processor. One possible scenario the report gives, is the A6 processor being featured in the iPad 3, while the A5X will be featured in the rumored Apple TV that’s set to launch in March.

At this point, it’s hard to tell.

Apple is rumored to announce the iPad 3, at an event hosted in California, during the first week of March. US retailers have already slashed the priced of the iPad 2 and have begun removing the iPad 2 from their shelves, welcoming the arrival of the iPad 3. The iPad 3 has also reportedly begun shipping from China.

We want to hear from you guys. Do you think the iPad 3 will feature an A5X processor or A6 processor?


  • If the launch is indeed the first week of March, we will soon find out. I look forward to seeing what iOS 5.1 will bring to the table.

  • I am hoping they don’t do what they usually do and hold everything back; although that seems to be their business strategy. Throughout the history of iOS devices it seems they always lack features (in some cases they should of been standard) on purpose so they can add them to the next model/release, even though they could of easily implemented them to begin with. Although this strategy has worked well for them in the past, I believe this time it will cost them. Even the Galaxy S3 smart phone will be equipped with a quad core processor; just imagine their horrific add campaign tooting how their smartphone has better CPU than Apples flagship tablet. Although if you have ever seen the benchmarks of the A5 it destroys any dual core found in Android devices despite the lower clock rate. I hope he A5X can deliver enough juice to compete, especially since the Android devices have Nvidia backing them, that could be a deadly combo considering they can probably whack out a better spec tablet then Apple for a much lower price… I know this has always been the case but with a mass amount more power it will most certainly sway the average users and potentially the tech heads too.

  • Apple always coming out with crap. Last year everyone wanted iphone 5, they came out with 4s. This time i bet its A5x and same crap will be put in to iphone 5. Give us a top phone, we’re paying for it. Crapple.

    • Matt Lewis

      That Crapple bit made me lol

    • Apple’s trickle approach to releasing “top notch” technology is double edged sword. What it does is generates more revenue for Apple by keeping the customer in a constant state of “want”.

      On the other hand, because Apple never “blows its load” so to speak, products are given a much much much longer market life. Just look at all of the other companies producing products that compete with Apple branded stuff. Other companies normally release “the best of the best” (at least the best stuff they can get their hands on) but their gadget ultimately gets lost in the crowd because everyone else is doing the same thing. This ultimately creates a race to the bottom and sends the consumer the notion that tech is cheap and does not create brand recognition or brand loyalty.

      Ask almost any person (in America at least) who the top 3 cell phone or computer producers are and they will most likely tell you Apple, Microsoft, and Dell (for the computers) and Apple and Android (for cell phones). Microsoft/Android are obviously wrong answers.

      Why does this happen? Because no one is able to stand out from the non-Apple product because they all look the same and send the same message to the consumer – “my product is cheap and disposable”.

      This is not coming from an Apple fanboy, this is coming from a psych/business major.

      We all have a love hate relationship with Apple. I personally think that their marketing and pricing models are genius. And I love everything about their non-cell phone tech. The only problems I really have with them deal with cell phones.

      But… I’ve used em all and iOS is by far my favorite. Honestly, the under clocked A5 processor running @ 800MHz is plenty fast. The 8MP camera is more than sufficient – my wife and I threw our 10MP camera away after getting 4S’s. The only place the iPhone 4S really lacks is the RAM. I would like to see 1GB of RAM.

      The other gripe is the closed development that Apple has with iOS. But that is another conversation for another day.

      I respect that you have an opinion, but it seems that you are fed up. If you dislike Apple so much, then buy an Android. Different strokes for different folks.


  • If they have developed a A5X processor, it seems rather crazy to use it only in a AppleTV.
    So my guess is next iPad is A5X.

  • Anonymous

    orrrr like i’ve been guessing, the A6 is in early stages of iphone 5 prototype testing, and the A5X will be in the ipad, and there are no parts leaks even suggesting an apple tv. Why do these blogs constantly ignore the actual parts that are leaked. Just because we all “want” an A6, doesn’t mean it’s gonna happen…just like that tear drop iPhone 5 we got…oh right, we got a 4S, and the entire phone was leaked months prior

    • Anonymous

      also, just because there is code in a beta firmware for an A6 processor doesn’t mean the thing has even been built yet, they’re just anticipating a next generation processor. They could just as easily add code for an A6X if they plan on testing one 6 months from now…we’ve SEEN an A5X…just like we saw the entire 4S before launch. BELIEVE the physical evidence, not the rumors

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    • If this were true, the fate of the iPad succession would be tweaked a bit like that of the iPhone’s:

      iPhone 2G > iPhone 3G > iPhone 3Gs > iPhone 4 > iPhone 4s > iPhone 5
      iPad 1 > iPad 2 > iPad 2s > (then) iPad 3 before the year ends.

  • Do we really need the quad core processor? To use all the core you should have a good level of programming with multithreading, multiprocessor. At the desktop level, even high-end FEA programs with MKL embedded cannot get my 4 cores burning high.
    But when talking about dual cores at higher clock and thinner wafer productions, than the power computing will more usable.Take a look at 28mm 1.5GHz Snapdragon Qualcomm MSM8960 MDP tested by, it is blazing fast than A5. I want that at newer ipad rather than quadcore chip.

  • asda sada

    dosen’t matter had retina display …. oh wait