Apple A5X Processor

Apple Officially Announces iPad 3 Event

Well it looks like at least one iPad 3 rumor was correct. Apple will officially announce the next generation iPad next Wednesday, March 7, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10am PST. The invite's tagline reads "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

iPad 3

The next generation iPad is rumored to feature a high-resolution Retina Display (2048-by-1536 pixels), an improved camera and Apple's A5X chip with improved graphics engine. There have also been reports that Apple will announce an iPad mini, but I highly doubt it.

Rumor Roundup: First Look at the iPad 3 in Pieces

It looks like everyone and their brother has gotten their hands on an iPad 3 part of some kind. MICGadget has done a great job of collecting all the purported leaked photographs, and they even added a few of their own iPad 3 shell snapshots. If real the images reveal that the iPad 3 will be a little thicker than the iPad 2, but it also features tapered edges that will possibly make it feel thinner. The second photo shows that the iPad 3 has a larger lens for its rumored improved camera.

iPad 3

An unnamed source also told MICGadget that the iPad 3 will feature volume buttons, a 9.7 inch 2048 × 1536 Retina display and a "possible" quad-core A6 processor. There have been conflicting reports about the iPad 3's chip. It's still unkown if it will be quad-core or only dual-core, but it will most likely be more powerful than its predecessor.

What is the Apple A5X Processor?

While most leaked iPad component photos come as no surprise, those looking forward to the next generation Apple tablet were thrown for a loop when the A5X was discovered. Until now, reports pointed to a quad-core A6 processor in the iPad 3. If the A5X actually ships inside the next iPad, what do we already know?

A5X processor iPad 3 retina display

The jump from the A4 system on a chip (SOC) to the A5 SOC was noted by a jump in the processor codes used by Apple. The A4 was S5L8930X, while the A5 added 10 to this number: S5L8940X. The A5X label only jumps 5 digits to S5L8945X, implying the chip is a more modest improvement over its predecessor.

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