BGR: iPad 3 to be Quad-Core with LTE, But No Retina

Boy Genius Report has received photographs from an undisclosed source that claim to include details of Apple’s next-generation tablet, the iPad 3. According to the photographs, the iPad 3 will be powered by a next-generation quad-core processor and include LTE (Long Term Evolution) capability for Verizon and AT&T’s — upcoming — networks. This would enable the device to communicate with any online service at a significantly faster speed than before.

The quad-core processor will prove to be the perfect companion to LTE as it will enable the device to render webpages at a much, much faster speed than ever before. It would also be proper to expect an amelioration in RAM to match the new processing speed as well as an improvement for the graphics chip to enable an even better gaming capability. A few weeks back, DigiTimes claimed that Apple’s next iPad would include two different models that held different specifications. However, this has proven to be false… 

BGR says that the model numbers (J1 and J2) are just the same iPad in two different versions: one with Wi-Fi only and the other with GSM/CDMA/LTE “for all carriers”. The quad-core CPU found in BGR’s source’s photographs is an A6 S5L8945X. Lastly, BGR does not specifically say that there won’t be a Retina Display, but they don’t prove any of the past reports to be correct. In other words, don’t get your hopes up just yet.

Back in early January, Bloomberg reported that Apple had started production of the iPad 3 at their manufacturers in Asia. They further detailed that the iPad 3 would be released in March, leading us to believe that Apple would announce the device sometime this month. One rumor pinned February 24th — also the late Steve Jobs’ birthday — as the announcement date for the next-generation tablet, however it is believed by others that the device will be announced the following week — possibly on the 28th or 29th — since the 24th is a Friday and Apple typically hosts their events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.


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