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iPad 3 to Feature New “A5X” Processor Chip [IMAGE]

For many weeks now, rumors about the next generation iPad have been quite substantial. One of the most prevalent reports about the iPad 3 is regarding its specifications. People are wondering, just how much improvement does the iPad 3 has with regards to specs? For a while now, it has been widely speculated that the iPad 3 will feature an A6 processor. The foundation of such speculation is based on the fact that the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S have A5 chips, so to assume that the next chip will be named A6 makes sense. However, that may not be the case if this new report turns out to be true.

iPad 3
A new report from MacRumors tells us that the new processor for the iPad 3 will be an "A5X" chip. This is according to a certain forum post from a Chinese site WeiPhone that contains a photo of allegedly the logic board of the said chip. If this post is to be believed, the widely speculated A6 chip seems to be false. Check out the picture of the A5X logic board below:
iPad 3 A5X Chip Logic Board
MacRumors pointed out that the chip has a code "1146" which suggests that it was manufactured in the 46th week of 2011 which corresponds to November 14-20. So this falls in line with previous reports that the iPad 3 has entered production phase at around Q4 of 2011 or there is the possibility that this is a prototype model. The board looks like the one that's found inside the iPad 2 and it even includes a pair of 16 GB flash memory chips from Hynix.

Also, there are reports that the iPad 3 is going to feature a quad-core processor but there are other sources which claim that it will just be a faster dual-core. So which one is legit report? Are we going to see a modestly upgraded soon? The next-gen iPad is expected to be announced on March 7th during an Apple media event. [via MacRumors]

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