Building on rumors that the iPad 3 will not include the quad-core A6 chip, an internal photo leaked to the Internet appears to show the upcoming tablet equipped with an ‘A5X’ variant of Apple’s ARM-based processing technology.
If an authentic snapshot, the photo would support mounting claims that while the new iPad’s system-on-a-chip (SoC) will certainly outperform the existing A5 tech powering the iPad 2 it will remain dual-core in terms of its structuring.
The image in question, which was posted to the Net by WeiPhone, reportedly shows the internal logic board of the iPad 3 along with the A5X processor, which carries the serial number S5L8945X.
Again, if accurate, that numbering also suggests something of a mid-point hardware improvement insofar as the original iPad’s A4 chip was labeled S5L8930X while the current A5 aboard the iPad 2 carries S5L8940X.
Apple is expected to formally unveil the iPad 3 on March 7 ahead of a retail launch on March 13.