A new photo of an iPad 3 logic board with an “A5X” chip (or system on a chip) has surfaced in a forum post on a chinese website. If this picture turns out to be valid, that would indicate that previously beliefs that the iPad 3 would feature a new Apple A6 processor would be invalid. The original iPad had an Apple A5 chip and the iPad 2 features an A5 chip, so this led to wide speculation that the iPad 3 would continue this progression and feature Apple’s new A6 chip architecture. There are other notable features on this board, such as a pair of 16gb flash memory chips onboard as well.
Apple is widely expected to release the new iPad 3 on March 7th, 2012. Consumers are looking forward to an 4G LTE version, high-resolution Retina display, and of course a quicker processor.
Macrumors has obtained an OEM version of the new iPad 3 Retina display. While they had no way to power the display, they were able to get a close-up shot and confirm the new pixel density thus confirming the iPad 3 is indeed upon us and will feature the crisp Retina display.
MacRumors has now been able to obtain one of these iPad 3 displays and examine it under a microscope in an effort to determine whether it is indeed an ultra-high resolution Retina display. Physically, the purported iPad 3 display is the same size as the current iPad 1 and iPad 2 display at 9.7″ in diagonal, and looks quite similar to the naked eye.
However, when comparing the iPad 3 display to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display’s pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2.
Looks like we will get to see the real deal in just a few weeks time – stay tuned!
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