Supposed debug leak shows iPad 3 with quad-core A6 chip and LTE

Leak shows iPad 3 with quad-core A6 chip and LTE

The iPad 3 could be coming packed with a quad-core A6 chipset and support LTE speeds according to a source who claims to have access to the unannounced, unreleased device. BGR reports:

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. [...] The new processor will also apparently be a quad-core model, making the upcoming iPad 3 the fastest iOS device ever, we have been told.

The veracity of the data is, of course, uncertain. Previous rumors have claimed that iPad 3 production has started, as well as Foxconn issuing plans to build 5 new iPad production facilities in Brazil.

The A6 chipset noted in the debug tool carries a model number of S5L8945X with the iPad units themselves carrying model numbers of J1 and J2 (iPad 3,1 and iPad 3.2 respectively). This falls in line with what was uncovered in iOS 5.1 beta code. The rumor calls for one model being WiFi-only, and the other adding full support for LTE/CDMA/GSM. This should allow for Apple to release just one SKU across data-equipped iPad units for all major carriers, rather than a special LTE model for the limited markets that currently support it.

As far as rumors of when the iPad 3 might hit the streets, speculation of a March 2012 seem likely with Apple sticking to their historical release cycle, but we won't know for sure until Apple makes the announcement.

Source: BGR

Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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dloveprod says:

Oh wow, this sounds like a really nice upgrade. I wasn't expecting a quad core from apple. Maybe a bump up to 1.4 ghz dual core. Come on 1 gig of ramz.

cardfan says:

Yep, if BGR says it, it must be true..

Jay says:

BGR is the most unreliable source there is... Remember?

Alex says:

Finally now they have enough horsepower to support Flash, ok? My kid's school web sites all use flash for their games and educational stuff, and my next tablet will need to run that. Come on Apple, Steve is gone, time to loosen the attitude...

James b says:

The number one reason for Mac system stability issues, was flash. Don't see it ever coming to a device that needs to be as dependable as a mobile phone...

Loading#IM says:

Adobe already killed flash for mobile devices...

Robroberts2009 says:

Are the retards STILL beating on the dead horse of Flash? Jesus, give it up already, did you notice even Adaboe has abandoned Flash? Flash is one of the worst technologies to come and go in years, and thankfully now its gone.

tqmcguire says:

Was this picture taken with a camera of an actual iPad 3? If so, that display sure doesn't look Retina to me.

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