Leaked Photos Reveal iPad 3 With Quad-Core A6 Chip And LTE

BGR reports that Apple’s next generation iPad could come with a A6 quad-core chipset and support LTE speeds.

BGR reports that the information is based on information they could gather from photos that were sent to them by a source who claims to have access to an iPad 3 prototype.

From the data in the photos, which contain the output from an iPad 3 using a development and debug tool called iBoot, we can infer plenty of information about the upcoming iPad 3. For starters, the model numbers are J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2), and while DigiTimes reported this a few weeks ago, these two models are not different devices, just a single iPad available in two versions — one with Wi-Fi only and one with Wi-Fi and embedded GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers.  Also included in the photos is, for the first time, confirmation of which processor Apple will be using in the iPad 3: an A6 processor with model number S5L8945X. For reference, the Apple A4 model was S5L8930X and the A5 is S5L8940X. 

BGR reports that according to their source, A6 – Apple’s next generation system-on-chip will include a quad-core processor. iPad 2’s A5 system-on-chip comes with a dual-core processor.

It would have been nice if BGR’s source who claims to have access to an iPad 3 prototype had taken the photo of the iPad 3 instead of taking the picture of the debug software. So take this with a pinch of salt though the possibility of a quad-core processor and support for LTE support cannot be ruled out completely.

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According to rumors, iPad 3 will also come with a Retina Display and improved front and rear cameras but won’t feature an all-new design and look just like iPad 2.

What do you think about the possibility of iPad 3 with a faster quad-core processor and support for 4G LTE networks? Will you upgrade to iPad 3 even if it doesn’t feature an all-new design?

[via BGR]