Thevast majority of iPad 3 rumors I’ve been posting about here on AllTouchTablet.com don’t have what you would call a solid foundation. Most of them are from the “I know from a trustworthy source” category, but the one I’m going to share with you today has some solid evidence to back it up.
In a recent iOS 5.1 beta (available for developers) it was found a mention about next gen iPad and iPhone coming with quad-core processors. This is not a new rumor, as you might recall, but more of a confirmation of that fact.
Deep inside the processing-core part of the code in iOS 5.1 (the version which will likely launch with iPad3 somewhere in Q1 this year) there’s this line of code “/cores/core.3,”. And because core references start at 0 this snippet tells us iOS 5.1 will support four cores, so it’s pretty safe to assume the new A6 chip will be a quad core one.
I’m sure Apple wouldn’t have added support for quad-core processors in their next iOS update just to throw us off course. Plus I don’t think Apple likes the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer Prime being the only quad-core tablet on market in 2012.
So there you have it: the iPad 3 will be significantly faster than the second generation. And I’m not talking just about menus and animations speed, but about app launches, gaming, browsing and pretty much everything that runs under iOS. The new rumored (no confirmation just yet) Retina Display also needs some power under the hood to be able to manage this insane amount of pixels.
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