iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se will run A9X and A9 chips

By , Feb 19, 2016

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A third-generation iPad Air will run an ‘A9X’ processor and an ‘iPhone 5se’ will be outfitted with Apple’s ‘A9’ chip, according to Bloomberg Bussinessweek’s profile of Johny Srouji, Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies.

“In March, Apple intends to announce an updated iPad and smaller-screen iPhone featuring the latest A9x and A9 chips, according to a person familiar with the plans, who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly,” reads a passage from the Bloomberg article.

It looks like both devices will get Apple’s up-to-date chips that power the iPhone 6s (A9) and the iPad Pro (A9X). The rumors have suggested that the iPhone 5se will look a lot like the iPhone 5s, and have the aforesaid A9 chip, NFC for Apple Pay, the camera system found in the previous-generation iPhone 6 and come in the familiar gold, rose gold, silver and grey colorways.

The iPad Air 3 should adopt some of the new features that have debuted on the iPad Pro, such as stereo speakers, support for Apple Pencil and a Smart Connector. Apple is expected to unveil both devices, alongside new Apple Watch accessories such as additional Sport band colors and a Space Black Milanese Loop, at a media event on Tuesday, March 15.

The publication’s sweeping profile tells an in-depth story of how then CEO Steve Jobs decided that Apple would become a fabless chip maker and gives a peek at chip-durability testing at an unmarked Apple lab in Cupertino.

Source: Bloomberg Bussinessweek

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  • iPhoneWINS

    why does the new old iPhone need a monster chip? iim confused… apple is bored and there product line up shows it

    • Abhishek Aryan

      For those people who prefer smaller screens, a better chip means a better experience and a better panel resolution for them!

      • Dao Sasone

        Then why not make it iphone 7se? Why refer to an older product. This way people would feel its a new product instead of an refresh.

      • zoLa siWisa

        It’s not an old brand. It’s an iPhone 5 line. Why are you mad? Tell me why are mad

      • iPhoneWINS


      • Damian

        exactly, my wifes loves iPhone 5. And an update would be perfect

    • Elias Chao

      They need to justify the price tag, don’t they?

    • Because if it ran last year’s model chip people would complain

      • Inseltraeumer

        … but still buy it

    • igorsky

      You’ll just criticize anything, eh?

  • Abhishek Aryan

    Can’t wait for the event now!! 😀

  • iByron

    The new iPad has me intrigued, but I’m most curious about the watch accessories. On thing (not the only thing) that has kept me from buying now is that Apple won’t let me pick the color combination I want at purchase; I have to choose from their offerings. I want the Midnight Blue band with a silver watch, but they only sell it with the gold. To get the combo I want, I have to buy a watch with a band I don’t want, and pay extra for the band I want.

    I can see them enforcing fashion choices at the Edition level and even with the standard Apple Watch, but the entry-level Sport at least should be a la carte. Hopefully, that will be part of the announcement. If I’m fashion-challenged enough to want a rose gold watch and the aqua blue band, I should be able to get it from the get-go. 🙂

  • leart

    Samsung s5e on the way

    • Jaleon


  • Jaleon

    amagaaaad I’m pumped for a new 5S model !!!!!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Does this mean the ipad will have 4GB of ram like the one rumor suggested if its uses the same chip as the pro?

    • asdlb4

      My question also.