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iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 to Use A9 and A9X Processors

ipadairiphone5sIn a profile of Johny Srouji, Apple's SVP of Hardware Technologies who oversees Apple's chip development, Bloomberg quietly confirmed some key processor details about Apple's upcoming devices, the iPhone 5se and the iPad Air 3.

Both products will use Apple's latest chip technologies, with the iPhone 5se adopting the A9 processor from the iPhone 6s and the iPad Air 3 adopting the A9X processor first used in the iPad Pro.

Early iPhone 5se rumors were offered conflicting information on the processor that would be used, with some pointing towards the A9 and others pointing towards the previous-generation A8. Later rumors have solidified around the A9, and now we've got confirmation from a reliable source.

For the iPad Air 3, while the A9X seemed like a logical choice for the tablet, there was no prior rumor suggesting it was indeed the chip Apple would be using, so Bloomberg's concrete information about the chip is worth highlighting.

Bloomberg's piece also further confirms Apple's planned March event, which is rumored to be taking place mid-month, on March 15. Further rumors have suggested the two devices will be released online and in retail stores just days after their unveiling, on March 18.
In March, Apple intends to announce an updated iPad and smaller-screen iPhone featuring the latest A9x and A9 chips, according to a person familiar with the plans, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly
The iPhone 5se is Apple's 4-inch iPhone, which will be sold alongside its larger-screened flagship devices. iPhone 5se rumors suggest it will look like a cross between an iPhone 5s and an iPhone 6s, using the iPhone 5s body with the curved display glass of the newer device.

As for the iPad Air 3, it's expected to take several design cues from the iPad Pro. It is rumored to include four speakers, two at the top and two at the bottom, along with a possible Smart Connector for accessories and a rear LED flash, the first to be implemented in an iPad.

Related Roundups: iPad Air 2, iPhone SE
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9 months ago
four inch screen fans are going to love this news.
Rating: 28 Votes
9 months ago
It'll be interesting to see whether iPad Air 3 will take any other cues from the Pro *cough* Apple Pencil *Cough*.
Rating: 22 Votes
9 months ago

There are about to be a whole lot of happy MacRumors readers!

"MacRumors readers" and "happy" do not belong in the same sentence.
Rating: 19 Votes
9 months ago
This is great news... Let's hope they give us a 128GB option!
Rating: 15 Votes
9 months ago
There are about to be a whole lot of happy MacRumors readers!
Rating: 12 Votes
9 months ago
Great! Now put 2GB RAM inside that iphone and just call it "mini" and I'm in.
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago
Always something that they use the A9 instead of the A8.
But i had really hoped that apple would stop this nonsens with having a flagship line in form factor of the 6 and the 6+ and then the 4" with last years tech.
The worst part would properly be that the price difference isn't that big anyway...
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago

Processing speed in a tablet is just a useless spec these days. I got "suckered" into upgrading because I foolishly convinced myself that somehow a faster processor meant a better iPad experience and the speed/experience has remained essentially the same since first gen.

Say what?!? I went from a first gen to an Air, and there was a huge difference.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago

Can we stop hearing about this "5SE" , its boring now .

People getting excited like a 4 inch phone is some radical new idea

Well it's pretty radical compared to that gorilla 6S+, or at least seems that way to me. Happy camper here!

They may call it whatever they want. Finally a 4" screen again, and A9 chip? I'll call it grrrreat.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
I am absolutely loving my iPhone 6s because it FLIES through everything.

The A9 is wickedly fast. But the most impressive improvement that everyone seems to overlook on the iPhone 6s has over previous iPhones (and any smartphone available right now) is the NVMe controller and the faster flash.

Man, it's fast.

Shockingly fast.

Most notable speed improvements can be traced back to the faster flash, although it is a combination of faster RAM, CPU, and flash.

So anyway, I hope the 5se has the A9 in combination with the NVMe-based flash, otherwise the speed improvements won't be as substancial as they are on the 6s.

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Rating: 7 Votes

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