iPad 3 to have A5X processor?

The iPad 3’s processor is assumed to be called the ‘A6’, following Apple’s recent history. The iPhone 4 has the A4 processor and both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S have the A5 processor. The iPad 3 featuring an A6 processor makes sense.

However, according to a leaked image on Chinese forum WeiPhone, the iPad 3 will have an A5X processor, rather than A6…

The upgraded processor has been rumored to be a quad-core processor, while some publications have said dual-core.

As MacRumors points out, the code “1146” on the A5X processor indicates that the processor was manufactured November 14th-20th. Perhaps this could be just a prototype.

The logic board looks close to the iPad 2’s, specifically around the power management chips. There’s also 16 GB flash memory chips from Hynix.

It’s not clear if Apple will use an A5X processor rather than an A6, but this leak certainly looks to indicate it. Apple is rumored to announce the iPad 3 March 7th, with a launch a few days later. The tablet is also rumored to have a Retina display, LTE chip, and upgraded cameras.

The lingering question is if the iPad 3’s processor will be dual-core or quad-core.

Do you think Apple would use an A5X processor, rather than A6?