iPad 3 data hints at quad-core A6 chip and 4G fun

It's been a while since we've had any new info thrown at the iPad 3 rumour pile but a report on Boy Genius Report has chucked a couple of new suggestions into the mix; quad-core processing and LTE connectivity.

Okay, so these are features that we've heard speculation of before but this time they come from a source who claims to be in possession of an actual iPad 3 prototype. Imagine that - an actual iPad 3. It's the stuff of dreams. And the source has provided a few images to back up his claims as well.

Not of the tablet, you understand (that would be far too easy) but of some screenshots from a debug tool called iBoot.

A debug tool that seems to name two new iPad devices: model numbers J1 and J2, or iPad3,1 and iPad3,2 - as we've heard whispered before. One is said to be a Wi-Fi model and one is said to be packing GSM/CDMA/LTE options for all carriers.

A processor with the model number S5L8945X is also mentioned. The Apple A4 chip is called the S5L8930X and the A5 is the S5L8940X. So if you add S5L8930X and S5L8940X together, divide by the S5L8945X and carry the 3 you get quad-core. Apparently. That's the suggestion anyway - that the new tab will come rocking a brand spanking new A6 quad-core CPU.

The claim that the new device will be "the fastest iOS device ever" seems a bit unnecessary though. We weren't expecting Apple to announce something that chugs along in comparison to the iPad 2 or the iPhone 4S.

Still, all the other stuff is ruddy exciting isn't it? Isn't it?



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