Hopes that the iPad 3 will feature twice as much processing brawn were dealt a blow today, after a source claimed Apple’s third-gen kit will not be home to a quad-core chipset after all.
For months, rumours have been circulating that the iPad 3 will be powered by an A6 quad-core processor to bring it up to speed with Android tablet challengers from Samsung and HTC.
However, an upgrade on that scale is now looking a shade less likely in the wake of an insider’s testimony cited by The Verge.
According to the tech tattle-tail, the iPad 3 will in fact feature a decidedly less muscular A5X processor, which is better at handling graphics but won’t boast quite the boost in ‘snap’ that its bigger brother promised.
The A6 processor won’t be making its way to an Apple device until the iPhone 5, it’s claimed - presumably to ensure the sixth-gen phone gets a better response from tech sages than the incremental upgrade that is the iPhone 4S.
The Verge's shadowy source’s testimony comes as a uSwitch Tech poll found that the quad-core processor was second on would-be iPad 3 buyers’ spec-sheet wishlists – just behind a high-density retina display.
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