With this year’s iPhone launch now behind us, and the current-gen iPad now past the halfway point in its 12-month life cycle, we knew it was only a matter of time before we started hearing rumors regarding the next iPad. And a juicy one just hit the web.

According to a new report, an iOS developer has spotted an interesting new Apple device in his app analytics log. It’s labeled as an “iPad3,6,” and appears to be running an A6 chip or some sort of variation of it. What is it? Well, it could just be a fourth-gen iPad…

From MacRumors:

MacRumors has received word from a developer who has seen evidence of a previously unknown “iPad3,6″ device showing up in his app analytics. Most interestingly, the device’s processor targets the new ARMv7s architecture that supports the custom A6 system-on-a-chip found in the iPhone 5. This new iPad thus appears to be running either an A6 chip itself or a variation on Apple’s custom A6 design.”

As the site points out, this device could be representative of something else other than the next-generation iPad. For instance, Apple is expected to unveil an iPad mini within the next few weeks. But that tablet is rumored to house iPad 2 internals, which means an A5 chip.

There’s also been talk of Apple releasing a modified third-gen tablet to address overheating issues and to add Lightning support — and the “iPad3,6” label does seem like the device would be a variation of the current-gen model. But an A6 chip doesn’t really make sense here.

No, the more likely scenario here, if there is one, is that this is Apple’s next generation iPad. And at this point, we know nothing about it. This year, the big features of the new tablet were the addition of LTE and the upgraded Retina display. What will next year’s be?

  • Thinner, faster, better camera, better battery, better screen, and possible larger screen while in the same size of the device so a smaller bezel, apple seems to want to change the size of the devices which I am ok with

  • I wonder if this has anything to do with ipad mini/air. I doubt apple would put the A6 in it but that would be a nice surprise if they did

  • anasiatka

    Hmmm… What about if they are going to use the A6 to address the overheating issues? Why not? This would mean they could put in the A7 in the new iPad in 2013 when they release it, then the A6x in iPhone 5s. This would also make sense because they could produce more A6’s in mass quantities to lower the cost? Not sure that it makes sense to, but they may be going this route to have more of the same chips being used.

  • iPad 4:

    1. Screen reflect 80% less light(the biggest problem of the ipad)
    2. New iPad screen is 80% less finger magnetic(so I don’t need to clean it twice a day)
    3. A6 Quad-Core and 4x-5x times faster with 3x better graphics.
    4. Thin and light as the iPad 2!
    5. No overheating problems.
    6. 15-hours battery!
    7. Finger scanner home button.


    • Kurt

      you forgot to mention it will look exactly like the ipad 2. it will have the design of a 2007 device, (ipod touch and iphone) Zzzz

      • GNexusPhone5

        GTFO fagdroid

      • sriram

        Lol, fagdroid is a nice word around here, like how Liu Zhenyu started it and got kicked out i think.

      • Fuck you

        Hahaha true! 2007 design = old! “Think different Apple!”

  • I want it o be A6X not just A6

  • Steven Fisher

    Yeesh. Sooner or later Apple’s going to do something about defeating leaks via analytics. I hope it isn’t something drastic, like disallowing analytics entirely.

  • It could be a revised the new iPad or even iPad mini

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