In Bloomberg’s profile of Johny Srouji, the publication slipped in the confirmation that the iPad Air 3 and the iPhone 5se will be powered by the A9X and an A9 chip, respectively. The publication cited one of its sources, “who wasn’t authorised to comment publicly.”
Since the iPad 3, Apple has used a faster and more powerful variant of its A-series chips inside its bigger tablets. So, the iPad Air 3 coming with a powerful A9X chip should not really be surprising. However, it will be interesting to see how — if, at all — Apple takes advantage of the extra processing power offered by the chip to offer any new feature on the iPad Air 3 or add an even higher resolution display to it. The tablet is also rumored to come with 4GB RAM, four stereo speakers and a Smart Connector similar to the one seen on the iPad Pro.
As for the iPhone 5se, initial rumors had indicated that the handset will use an A8 chip, though later reports claimed that it was going to be powered by the A9 chip. The newer chipset will ensure that the iPhone 5se does not feel outdated when Apple launches the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus just six months after unveiling the handset. It will also allow the iPhone 5se to come with features like always-on ‘Hey Siri’ and M9 motion co-processor.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5se and the iPad Air 3 at an event rumored to be held on March 15th.[Via Bloomberg]