The Verge: iPad 3 Won’t Be Quad-Core

According to a new report by Joshua Topolsky’s of The Verge, Apple’s next addition to the tablet industry will not be quad-core and will instead encase a dual-core A6 CPU that is similar to the current iPad 2′s. However, this doesn’t really make a lot of sense seeing as Topolsky’s sources also informed him that the iPad 3 will have a Retina display and a “significantly more powerful GPU” to power it. The problem with this is that the GPU isn’t all that needs to be upgraded in order for the tablet to perform well with a higher-resolution screen. It also goes completely against all previous reports by more credible sources including both BGR and Bloomberg

Topolsky cites his sources as being “people familiar with the product.” His sources have informed him that the next-generation tablet will include a Retina display which has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and will be nearly uniform to its precursor. Topolsky’s report that the device will not include a quad-core CPU goes against all evidence that it will, including the code references to quad-core CPUs found in iOS 5.1. While Topolsky’s sources do have interesting things to say, he was also the original source of the iPhone 5 redesign that included a stretched home button. And while this looks great in mockups, it was never proven to be a true design and therefore Topolsky’s “sources,” whoever they may be, have not been manifested to be true. Until there’s proof, please refer to this as a rumor.

Additionally, the image that you see above is supposedly a leaked back housing of the iPad 3 in comparison to the iPad 2. It was revealed by RepairLabs, a “Fix-iPhones Blog” that received the image from “industry insiders in China.” It could be real, but it could also be fake. We’ll just let you judge for yourself so you can’t say that we informed you wrongly.

Lastly, please do not put a lot of faith into these rumors of proportioned iPad 3 parts, or whatever they may be. Just pay close attention to the code references that lie in iOS builds, because at least they’ve been placed there by the author of the devices and not some random source on the Internet. Always remember this when reading a “rumor” or “report” that someone has published. If you don’t, then you’ll just get disappointed when the rumor doesn’t prove to be true.

[The Verge]

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