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Apple iPad 3 May Lack Quad-Core After All, Apple TV Refresh Incoming

by Todd Haselton | March 6, 2012March 6, 2012 12:38 pm PST

iPad 2 - Quadcore

According to a new report that surfaced on Tuesday, Apple may take the stage tomorrow and announce an iPad 3 tablet that will run on a dual-core A5x processor and not the highly rumored quad-core A6 chip. While we have been really excited about the possibility of a quad-core iPad 3, we’re not too surprised by this. NVIDIA, for example, has struggled to include 4G LTE support in its Tegra 3 processor. While that support will be included down the line, we certainly had some reservations about whether or not Apple would be able to pull it off. The A5x chip is still supposed to be even more powerful than the current generation A5 chip used in the iPad 2. At least the Cupertino-based company is still planning to launch 4G LTE-equipped versions of the iPad 3, however.

The Verge, which exclusively reported on the changes, also said that Apple CEO Tim Cook will announce a refresh to the Apple TV set-top-box — not to be confused with Apple’s rumored incoming HDTV.

We were really looking forward to Apple introducing a whole new array of mobile games capable of running on quad-core processors. In a way, it’s definitely possible that that kind of power could flip the mobile gaming market on its head just like Apple originally did when it launched its App Store. Thankfully we have less than 24 hours until this is all cleared up and we can sit back knowing exactly what the iPad 3 is capable of. Trust us, we’re tired of the rumors too.

[via The Verge]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...