No Quad-Core CPU for Next Gen iPad?

Nooooooooo, say it isn’t so! According to sources who spoke to The Verge, tomorrow’s iPad 3 release isn’t going to feature a quad-core processor, despite rumors to the contrary.

The source is “adamant” that both the iPad 3 and the new Apple TV will be released with the A5X processor, which is a dual-core system-on-a-chip with a more powerful GPU than the current A5.

Instead, that A6 chip is supposedly reserved for the next generation iPhone, which is slated for release at some point this year (our bets are on June or October).

What will the iPad come with? The Verge’s source says that the Retina Display is a sure thing (duh) and that along with the A5X processor, there will be upgraded RAM and several different LTE options for both Verizon and AT&T.

Of course, that rumor goes both ways, and several other “sources” believe the new iPad will be quad-core. We’ll know for sure tomorrow, so make sure to tune in to PadGadget where we’ll be covering the news as it happens.

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  • mn2k2shox

    Since Apple first release the A5 chip with the iPad before the iPhone…. It’s hard to believe that they would reserve such A6 chip for this year iPhone before the iPad. Should they do in fact pursuit that direction where the new iPhone would get I.e A6 chip first then tomorrows ipad announcement will definately be call iPad HD(a completely new direction to how Apple have gone in the past) rather than iPad 3.

  • araczynski

    the bottom line is either the upgraded GPU can handle 4 times as many pixels as efficiently as the current ipad2 can, or it can’t.  might be waiting a while to see a game that supports it (a real game, not piddly winks HD3) to verify, probably long enough to just wait for an ipad4 :)