Reports: iPad 3 Camera, Resolution, Chip System Confirmed
February 20, 2012 9:27 AM
iPad 3 leaked photos
Apple's iPad 3 will sport a 2048x1536 display, A5X chip system and 8 MP camera
The upcoming iPad 3 has been a main topic for discussion recently after learning that Apple is set to present it
at an event during the first week of March
. While the rumor mill has been working overtime, a few reports were able to get hands-on with some actual iPad 3 parts, confirming recent speculations like higher resolution and an upgraded chip system.
The iPad 3 is expected to look very similar to the iPad 2, with the same 9.7-inch screen and shape. However, the iPad 3's higher resolution seems to be the hot topic related to the new device, setting it apart from its predecessor.
, which managed to get its hands on an actual iPad 3 display, the rumors regarding the resolution are indeed true. It will offer a 2048x1536 display, compared to the iPad and iPad 2's 1024x768 displays. By placing the displays of an iPad 2 and iPad 3 under a microscope,
was able to highlights clusters of 4 pixels from the iPad 2 and clusters of 16 pixels from the iPad 3.
was also able to obtain the iPad 3's logic board, which offered a pair of 16 GB flash memory chips from Hynix, an upgraded power management chip and an upgraded package on package system-on-a-chip.
With the iPad and iPhone carrying A4 chip systems and the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S carrying A5 chip systems, many expected the iPad 3 to obtain an upgraded A6. However, it has been discovered that the chip system for the iPad 3 is an upgraded chip called "A5X." Its data code shows that it was manufactured in November 2011.
In addition to a resolution and chip system upgrade, the iPad 3 will sport a camera with 8 megapixels, as rumored before.
, a Chinese publication, published photos of a complete iPad 3, which showed a device that resembles how reports have described it.
The iPad 3 will also have 4G LTE connectivity, and
run on Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks
. It's currently unknown if Sprint or T-Mobile will sell the new iPad. An 8-inch iPad is also in the making.
The iPad 3 will make its big debut during the first week of March in San Francisco, California.
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