I was having quite a long conversation with a friend about this last night and concluded some interesting thoughts on this subject. For one when the iPad X comes out the specifications are nigh on identical for that of the upcoming iPhone X (aside from wireless 5ghz, more ram inside iPhone 4) and this has been the way since the first iPad came out. Now this was ok as the iPhone X would come out not long after the iPad (around June-July) so the specifications would still be class leading and ahead of most of the competition. Fast forward to now and the gap has widened considerably (Mar iPad to Oct iPhone) so the next iPhone X after the iPad X could be well let's say not out of date but not able to compete with the then quad core android phones or dual core A15 ones specially if it ends up being an over clocked Arm A9 A5. So does Apple do the following? 1. Release a dual core iPad 3 and then have the iPhone 5 as dual core way off in October when quad A9's and Dual core A15's Android phones rule the roost? 2. Release a dual core iPad 3 and then the iPhone 5 gets the specification for the next iPad (quad core A9, Dual Core A15) etc? 3. Release a quad core A9 based iPad 3 which would still mean the iPhone 5 when released will be competitive in October? 4. Release a A15 based iPad 3 which will mean the cycle of whatever is in the iPad is in the next iPhone continues? For me this rules out the dual core if the iPhone 5 is to follow the same specifications as the iPad 3 as if it did it would simply not be competitive in October and Apple would never want that to happen and as the iPhone 5 is still a way off and technology moves at such a fast pace a dual core iPhone 5 will simply not cut it. Just my 2 cents and what are your thoughts?