Apple’s ‘iPad 3’ rumored to have Siri, dual-core A5X chip, 1080p camera with image stabilization

“A new report offers a picture claimed to be the front glass panel for Apple’s next iPad, and also claims the third-generation device will feature Siri voice control, a dual-core ‘A5X’ processor, and a 1080p camera with image stabilization,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“The details were scoured from a Chinese microblogging site and shared by on Tuesday,” Hughes reports. “Included with the details is a purported ‘iPad 3’ 9.7-inch front glass panel showing a design largely unchanged from the current iPad 2, though the new part does feature a longer ribbon cable than its predecessor.”

Hughes reports, “But the report also includes alleged details about Apple’s anticipated third-generation iPad, claiming that the A5X processor pictured recently on a leaked logic board is in fact a dual-core processor. It also said that the new, upgraded CPU will support Siri…”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. The modest processor upgrade in the rumored iPad 3 (rather than a quad core A6), no mention of a 4G communication chip and no mention of a more beveled edge (rumored elsewhere) suggests the possibility that Apple will introduce an iPad 4 with these features later in 2012 — perhaps a couple of months prior to Christmas.

    1. The description for the new iPad sounds more like an incremental iPad 2S upgrade than an iPad 3. Still, these are all rumors. I’ll wait until it ships to vote with my $$$.

      1. I don’t see how you can consider a 2048 x 1536 display in a tablet to be an incremental upgrade. This is an enormous change. All sorts of professions dealing high resolution images (TEM/STEM/SEM, medical x-rays, engineering drawings, geological data, etc.) will leap at this.

        I don’t think there will be another iPad version in the fall. This is what we get till next spring.

        1. I did not see the 2048×1536 display until I read the full article later. The excerpt above specifies “Siri voice control, a dual-core ‘A5X’ processor, and a 1080p camera with image stabilization…” That would be an iPad 2S in my book.

          If you add the 2048×1536 display, then I would agree that pushes it over the edge to the next number, iPad 3.

          Regardless, I stand behind my concluding statement – these are all rumors. I’ll wait until it ships to vote with my $$$.

    2. My guesses:

      If they use a dual core, it will be to better balance power consumption of the cpu and the beefy gpu, while maintaining or increasing batt life.

      They will likely use the new Qualcomm multi band chip.

      They won’t release a new iPad near xmas. Apple uses summer and early fall sales to drive higher levels of first-hand experience, which drives word of mouth, and that combo drives huge holiday sales.

  2. Not so much bothered by the quality of the camera. They can use the same camera as the iPad 2 as far as I’m concerned. The key differentiator for me will be the quality of the retina display and the amount of inboard memory. Shouldn’t be anything less than 1GB RAM. As for the processor, dual core should be adequate to run the majority of the apps very nicely.

    1. You usually write with such eloquence.
      I agree a better iPAD is more accepted to the masses.
      I agree you will love it. And I believe Siri is huge.

      SIRI is extremely important as APPLE has stated clearly;

      We gave the world the Graphical user interface.
      We gave the world the Multi-Touch interface.
      Now Siri is the next thing… and APPLE will stand by this latest Voice user Interface.

      The sheep all follow… all rush to get it on market before Apple – But Apple will do it RIGHT and they were first to public beta on a mature device even if BETA. Apple took the SATND and said to us where and what it wishes to do.

  3. NO RUMOUR –
    When APPLE sells the iPAD3 it will have the same camera ordered for the iPhone 4s. The bulk order lowers the cost of those parts.

    The Retina Display has been rumoured for some time now. I do not think that’s news or rumour any longer. It will have the higher resolution screen.

    WE ALL HAVE wish lists…

    1Gb or ram as BLN says is a welcoming idea.
    Siri makes sense to go more main stream.
    Better screen sound good too.

    THE A5X chip sounds lame — the rumour would be its a QUAD or that A6 or A15 will be in a iPAD4 come Christmas.

  4. Someone please, please tell me there is a valid technological reason why the iPad2 can’t have Siri. Otherwise, I can only presume why the 3 will get Siri and not the 2 is marketing.

  5. Let the sighs of disappointment begin anew. After the tech critics have seen the Transformer Prime with a quad-core processor, if Apple offers the next iPad with a mere dual-core processor, it’s all over for Apple. Apple will be banished from the halls of cutting-edge innovation forever. Apple will have fallen behind the curve in the eyes of the computer industry at large for not having an A6 processor to compete as the best spec’ed tablet on the planet.

    Of course, consumers won’t care and they’ll continue buying the next model iPad by the tens of millions, but the tech critics will know that Android has won the utmost respect in the tech community by having a quad-core tablet first. Two more cores is everything to a tech-head nearly rivalling having the highest clock speed.

    Wahhh! Why is Apple mistreating consumers by offering them products with 1990’s tech? Why is Apple letting Android products get so far ahead?


  6. I will wait for it to be released!!! when they compare this with the asus transformer tf700t then i will know which of them i will get !!! they will be the best two tablets of 2012!!

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