New iPad Shows Up in App Analytics Running A6-Based Chip

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    MacRumors has received word from a developer who has seen evidence of a previously unknown "iPad3,6" device showing up in his app analytics. Most interestingly, the device's processor targets the new ARMv7s architecture that supports the custom A6 system-on-a-chip found in the iPhone 5. This new iPad thus appears to be running either an A6 chip itself or a variation on Apple's custom A6 design.

    It is unclear exactly what this new iPad device represents, as an "iPad3,6" designation would seem to imply a derivative of the current-generation iPad, which is designated "iPad3,1", "iPad3,2", and "iPad3,3" for the various Wi-Fi and cellular models. There have been rumors that Apple is planning to release a tweaked version of the third-generation iPad in the coming weeks in order to incorporate a Lightning connector and other internal changes, but it seems difficult to believe that such a release would also include an upgrade to the new A6 chip.

    Alternatively, this new iPad3,6 could represent Apple's 2013 iPad model, which is expected to run some flavor of the A6 chip. We would, however, have expected that device to carry an "iPad4,x" designation.

    This new iPad3,6 does not appear to represent the "iPad mini" reportedly scheduled for launch later this month, as that device is said to be a derivative of the iPad 2 running Apple's cheaper A5 chip and seems to have already been seen in logs carrying "iPad2,5" and "iPad2,6" designations. Our source who saw the iPad3,6 reference has also seen this iPad2,6 device running an A5 chip.

    Article Link: New iPad Shows Up in App Analytics Running A6-Based Chip
  2. BrockC macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2012
  3. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    If this event is actually happening this month it should be interesting.
  4. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    My 10" iPad 3 is still good enough for me. I don't really see much Apple can do with it besides a processor update.
  5. Lancer macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Didn't we have a similar thing happen for the iMac but still no new iMac has been released!
  6. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Would be amazing if this was powering the iPad Mini. Would also make sense for it to use the iPhone 5's power-efficient A6/LTE chip.
  7. Nandifix macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2012
    Yes but you know what this means. Kuo was right again about an updated iPad which means the iMacs should be soon with the 13 inch retina MBP!
  8. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    The only thing I hate about my iPad 3 is how long the battery takes to charge, that said faster is always better, and lightening would be a nice tweak...

    ...might be ebaying my 3 sooner than I thought!
  9. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    these test results are normally the 1st concrete sign
  10. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    So the one you got less than six months ago still does the job? Good to hear.
  11. retroneo macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    The iPad mini would surely use the new A5 32nm processor that has only shipped in two low volume products so far. And now the iPod touch.

    Why would Apple have gone to all that effort, and why wouldn't the iPod touch use it if that was the case?
  12. Bo98 macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
  13. Disposition macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2004
  14. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    An iMac... with an A6 chip?

  15. dashiel macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2003
    It would be an interesting step for Apple. Their annual release cycle for consumer products has a certain psychological calming effect.

    Also rather interesting, if the rumors were true and the intended display for the new iPad weren’t ready in time, Apple’s ability to pivot and use older/bulkier technology is quite remarkable.
  16. Lancer macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    No with test results being leaked for an unknown iMac... I very much doubt and iMac with get a CPU designed for a phone.

    As for this one maybe Apple is upgrading the internals with A6 and 4G LTE to bring the current iPad in line with the new iPhone and allow 4G use world wide... it would piss off those like my nephew who just got a new iPad :lol:
  17. ghsNick macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    I don't care is it's the Mini. But if they re-release the 3 half way through it's cycle with better specs I'm going to be pissed. I know technology gets better and better but if they update the current iPad with better specs so quickly I'll seriously be disappointed.
  18. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    Keep driving the weight and thickness back down (to a point). I'll be really happy if the 4th gen iPad can get under the iPad 2's weight and bulk.
  19. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
  20. 2bikes macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    They can bring screen technology used in iPhone5, make it thinner and lighter, and maybe a better speaker.

    But eventually, you are right. What can Apple do with MBR other than updating the processor and capacity etc. Drastic improvements take time. Since Tim Cook keeps saying they are moving into the post-PC era, I`m expecting more variations of iPad (such as MBP, MBA and iMac has) in the future. We are going towards that with the mini. Same with the iPhone maybe.
  21. knemonic macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    Couldn't this be an iPad 3 with a 7.85" screen that is retina? Hence the A6, cause it needs the juice?
  22. ToddFSU, Oct 5, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012

    ToddFSU macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2008
    Geneva, IL
    Why have several people mentioned this in regards to their iPad 3?

    From my understanding of all these rumors, this is a small iPad 7"-ish. While portability and a lower price will be a selling point for some, if iPad's MiniMe arrives this fall, there is no way it would even match the 3rd generation's specs.

    You will still have the greatest iPad ever (at least until Spring :p)
  23. Sora macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    New York, NY
    It sucks - but thats the nature of commerce. A good mindset to have is the understanding that the moment of purchase of any electronic device it's essential on the downward trend. It's replacement is essentially in the works.
  24. Rumple macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
  25. shanmugam macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2008
    Blazer town!
    mass production

    it is good if the have inventory then go ahead and update the new iPad with A6.

    with existing supply chain issues (and demand for iPhone 5, iPod touch) I do not see that happening.

    also it will piss of lots of new iPad owners.

    A6 Will improve performance and if it improves battery life we might see lighter and thinner new iPad.

    but at month of Oct, it is too risky to change your product line before the holiday.


    then it will priced at $499, you want that?

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