The iPad 3 will rock a high-res display but won’t boast the massive boost in processing brawn that we’d been hoping for, fresh leaks from Apple’s supply chain suggest.
Rumours that the high-density retina display that features in the iPhone and 4S would make its way to the iPad for the third-generation slate have been rife for months now.
However, today they got a fresh layer of credence after a screen purported to be in line for use in the iPad 3 was scrutinised by the good folks at MacRumors.
Under close examination with a microscope, the 9.7-inch display was revealed to be every bit as pin-sharp as Apple’s current-gen smartphone’s screen, with a "full resolution of 2084x1536".
That means it offers "exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024x768” and is capable of displaying “much sharper images as compared to the previous generation iPads," according to the site's number crunchers.
Good news, no? Agreed. But elsewhere, the outlook for iPad Take Three isn’t so sunny. At least not if an authentic-looking photo, also sourced by MacRumors, can be believed.
An image purported to be of the slate’s logic board reveals that instead of the A6 processor we’d been led to believe will feature, the device will pack an ‘A5X” model.
The nomenclature suggests that the processor won’t be the much-mooted, quad-core chip, and that we’re actually in line for a less brawny, minor upgrade from the iPad 2’s dual-core A5 number.
For a full run-down of what to expect from Apple's next tablet effort, check out our handy, one-stop iPad 3 rumours round-up.