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

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.

Hit up BGR for the full set of photos.

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