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Rumored iPad 3 Specs Point to Quad-core CPU, LTE Support

By - Source: BGR | B 28 comments

We've already seen a ton of new products since the year began, mostly thanks to CES, which always brings a flood of new gadgets. However, among the most anticipated devices for 2012 is the iPad, which Apple is rumored to be announcing sometime this month. As usual, the company is remaining tight-lipped about the as-yet-unconfirmed iPad 3, but, as usual, there are plenty of rumors about the device. Things have ramped up this week with the apparent leaking of specs for the device.

Boy Genius Report has posted what purport to be iPad 3 specifications from a source that claims to have an iPad 3 prototype on hand. The photos show the iPad hooked up to a development tool called iBoot but also give away some of the specs we can apparently expect to see when the device is officially launched. If these photos are to be believed, the iPad 3 will boast a CPU with the model number S5L8945X. Considering the model numbers of previous iPad CPUs (the iPad 1's single-core A4 was S5L8930X, while the dual-core A5 was S5L8940X) we're inclined to think this might be a quad-core Apple A6. iBoot also refers to models J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2), which are said to represent the iPad 3 WiFi and the iPad 3 WiFi+GSM/CDMA/LTE.

Though we had expected Apple to host an iPad 3 launch event this month, rumors are now saying that it's unlikely the company will hold an iPad 3 event in February. The latest chit-chat from the rumor mill is predicting a March launch, with the event itself taking place in the first week of the month and the tablet shipping sometime mid-month.

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    shardey , February 3, 2012 4:13 PM
    Knock Knock.
    Who's there?
    Old story.
    Old Story Who?
    Macrumors
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    shardey , February 3, 2012 4:13 PM
    Knock Knock.
    Who's there?
    Old story.
    Old Story Who?
    Macrumors
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    jellico , February 3, 2012 4:23 PM
    Not a big Apple fan, but I must admit the iPad is a nice piece of tech! I would love to have an iPad 3 with 4G service!

    So, my preferences are as follows:
    Desktop/Laptop - PC
    Tablet - Apple
    Phone - Android

    Pretty much, I've got it covered.
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    sporkimus , February 3, 2012 4:24 PM
    More power to absorb your soul with!
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 3, 2012 4:29 PM
    I swear these images look like a typical Linux shell to me...

    Well, this is not very informative. Will it have USB host? What kind of camera? Will it have microSD?

    Oh wait, I can answer all that myself. No, 8MP, no.

    :D 
  • 5 Hide
    scook9 , February 3, 2012 4:32 PM
    Wonder if the cameras will suck on this one as well.....that was my only real complaint with the iPad 2 (and that I prefer Android - not a fanboy, just a preference)
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    chickenhoagie , February 3, 2012 4:41 PM
    jellicoNot a big Apple fan, but I must admit the iPad is a nice piece of tech! I would love to have an iPad 3 with 4G service!So, my preferences are as follows:D esktop/Laptop - PCTablet - ApplePhone - AndroidPretty much, I've got it covered.

    if only the ipad 3 would come with android os..that'd be nice. kinda like a hackintosh:p 
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    LuckyDucky7 , February 3, 2012 5:00 PM
    I doubt this piece of 'news' for the sole reason that Apple isn't known to be a forerunner in how fast a particular piece of technology runs.

    We don't have any quad-core Android tablets as far as I am aware; putting that power in an iPad is a waste of profit for Apple (plus, the iPad has no need for that kind of power in the first place considering its target demographics).
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    wing2010 , February 3, 2012 5:03 PM
    It must have a quad-core CPU. By the time it actually be released, how many quad-core tablets are available in the market?
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    salgado18 , February 3, 2012 5:11 PM
    shardeyKnock Knock.Who's there?Old story.Old Story Who?Macrumors

    Knock Knock.
    Who's there?
    No one.
    No one who?
    No one who reads Macrumors.
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    molo9000 , February 3, 2012 5:24 PM
    That's pretty much what people expect. Not big news.

    amk-aka-PhantomI swear these images look like a typical Linux shell to me...


    That's because iOS is a unix-like system, like Linux.
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    eklipz330 , February 3, 2012 5:46 PM
    i wonder if it has the same beast GPU.
    this if u like ios

    the transformer prime if u like android

    kindle fire if your short on money

    every other option should be obsolete
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    heezdeadjim , February 3, 2012 6:57 PM
    I'm not seeing how they are getting "quad-core" out of the "S5L8945X" code.

    30 (one core) to 40 (two cores) is a 10 unit difference. this is 40 to 45 (5 units). Half numbers in the computer world tend to be revised or "slightly better" versions of the previous number (nVidia 280 vs. 285 GTX). Maybe Apple goes by some different code cues, but I highly doubt this will be a quad-core or 2048x1536 rez some are rumoring it to be.
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    sarcasm , February 3, 2012 7:47 PM
    jellicoNot a big Apple fan, but I must admit the iPad is a nice piece of tech! I would love to have an iPad 3 with 4G service!So, my preferences are as follows:D esktop/Laptop - PCTablet - ApplePhone - AndroidPretty much, I've got it covered.


    I have an iPad 2. So far the only good use I have for it is for my daughter to watch netflix on. Otherwise, it's a non-productive luxury item for the couch potatoes. Cant really do any real work on it. (You can, but trying to do an Excel sheet with 50,000 entries for work wouldn't be easy)
  • 4 Hide
    zorky9 , February 3, 2012 7:49 PM
    LuckyDucky7We don't have any quad-core Android tablets as far as I am aware;

    Asus Transformer Prime
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    rantoc , February 3, 2012 8:37 PM
    Knock Knock.
    Who's there?
    No one.
    No one who?
    No one alive from the factory!
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    Vladislaus , February 3, 2012 8:48 PM
    LuckyDucky7I doubt this piece of 'news' for the sole reason that Apple isn't known to be a forerunner in how fast a particular piece of technology runs. We don't have any quad-core Android tablets as far as I am aware; putting that power in an iPad is a waste of profit for Apple (plus, the iPad has no need for that kind of power in the first place considering its target demographics).

    The Asus Transformer Prime is a 5 core tablet.
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    soldier37 , February 4, 2012 1:02 AM
    With the res the Ipad 3 will have I sure want one, its close to my desktop res of 2560 x 1600 but thats on a 30 inch screen. I cant imagine the that res on a 10 inch with a quad core in my hands. I'm sold.
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    danwat1234 , February 4, 2012 1:34 AM
    Wake me up when ARM Cortex-a15 comes out
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    chronicbint , February 4, 2012 7:28 AM
    Transformer Prime is a huge failure, been taken off sale in a lot of places due to failness.
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    doive1231 , February 4, 2012 8:02 AM
    Tablets are good for saving energy. My 250W desktop doesn't get used till evening or if there's a nice film on.
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