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Photos of Debug Software Show Alleged Details of iPad 3 with Quad-Core A6 and LTE


BGR reports that it has received from a source photos of what are claimed to be screenshots from Apple's iBoot development and debugging software for the bootrom showing details on an iPad 3. The screenshots, which show references to the known "J1" and "iPad3,1" code names, reveal that the device will indeed be using a new application processor carrying an S5L8945X identifier, presumably as part of a new A6 system-on-a-chip.
For starters, the model numbers are J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2), and while DigiTimes reported this a few weeks ago, these two models are not different devices, just a single iPad available in two versions — one with Wi-Fi only and one with Wi-Fi and embedded GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers. Also included in the photos is, for the first time, confirmation of which processor Apple will be using in the iPad 3: an A6 processor with model number S5L8945X. For reference, the Apple A4 model was S5L8930X and the A5 is S5L8940X.
The report notes that the processor is expected to be of the quad-core variety, up from the current dual-core processor used in the A5 on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. The report also reiterates claims that the iPad will support LTE alongside GSM and CDMA 3G networks in a single device.


BGR offers no assessment of the reliability of the source of the photos, and iBoot output could be easily faked, but if legitimate the details bolster claims that the iPad 3 will be a major upgrade to the popular tablet device.

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29 months ago

As it appears, this is not a retina display, unfortunately. I can literally see the pixels in the picture.

So I believe there are two possibilities:
1) The next-gen iPad won't have a higher resolution display and this info is correct
2) This is a second generation iPad and this debug software is fake

Interesting. :)


Errr it's not photos of an iPad's screen though...
Looks like photos of a Mac's screen.
Rating: 24 Positives
29 months ago

As it appears, this is not a retina display, unfortunately. I can literally see the pixels in the picture.

So I believe there are two possibilities:
1) The next-gen iPad won't have a higher resolution display and this info is correct
2) This is a second generation iPad and this debug software is fake

Interesting. :)

The display is from a Mac...
Rating: 13 Positives
29 months ago
Oh boy! Here we go!
Rating: 8 Positives
29 months ago

Am I going to pay my groceries with an iPad? It is better with the credit card!


I think you are confusing NFC with LTE.
Rating: 7 Positives
29 months ago

I didn't know that. When I saw the black border, I was thinking of the iPad.
If it's from a Mac, anything is possible.

The 'black' border is the standard OSX Lion background :D
Let's hope the event announcement is soon
Rating: 7 Positives
29 months ago
There will be no iPad 3. Apple will release the iPad 3.1415926 just to bake our brains.

Edited to say: I don't think it will have USB 3 for the reason that I don't know of any Macs that have USB 3. If you don't have anything to plug the port into, why put in the port.
Rating: 7 Positives
29 months ago

As it appears, this is not a retina display, unfortunately. I can literally see the pixels in the picture.

Nobody said this was a screenshot from the iPad 3 though.
Rating: 6 Positives
29 months ago
Wow, I guess an iPad 3 is coming sooner or later then. Cool story bro.
Rating: 5 Positives
29 months ago

Oh boy! Here we go!


If this is true.. Wow... this is going to be a nice upgrade!
Rating: 5 Positives
29 months ago

Not impressed, I could fake that up too. It's a freaking TextEdit document on Lion.

iBoot? Seriously? I hope BGR didn't pay to much for these images, cause they got scammed.

As much as I would like for it to be real I'm going to call fakety fake fake fake, until we get to an actual Apple press event.


I hope you do understand that "iBoot" is the name of the iOS bootrom, which is in charge allowing the device to boot and initialized all the peripherials and some hardware components. They didn't just make this up.
Rating: 5 Positives

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