The ever-leaky internet has served up some fresh Apple iPad 3 rumours this morning, hot on the heels of the 2048x1536 leaked retina display that we covered over the weekend.
First up is a photo from a forum post at Chinese site WeiPhone which reportedly shows an Apple iPad 3 logic board touting an A5X processor, contradicting previous speculation of an A6 processor. This would suggest that the iPad 3 will have an enhanced version of the iPad 2’s A5 processor with improved graphics, as opposed to a brand new fully-fledged quad core A6 processor.
On paper this means that the iPad 3 will be under-powered compared to its quad-core Android tablet rivals, but as the iPhone 4S’ iOS optimisation has demonstrated, you don’t need to cram in lots of cores for a speedy and fluid iOS experience. Only time will tell how the iPad 3 swill stand up against its quad-core rivals like the Asus Transformer Prime.
The iPad 3 will also be getting an 8MP camera according to NextMedia – a significant upgrade from the paltry 1MP snapper currently found on the iPad 2. The position of the lens on what appears to be the rear of an iPad 3 case remains roughly the same, although the lens itself seems to be bigger, suggesting an improvement in overall image quality.
Photos allegedly comparing the rear of the iPad 3 with the back casing of iPad 2 also show that iPad 3 case seems to have more of a gradual taper to the edges than the iPad 2, resulting in the camera being embedded in the taper itself.
That’s a lot of Apple salt to swallow in one morning, so check out our Apple iPad 3 rumour round-up to digest all of the speculation in easy to manage chunks until the official unveiling which has been tentatively chalked down for March 7.