According to a new report published by CNET, Apple’s next generation A6 chip technology is not likely to appear in the iPad 3 until June 2012 at the earliest. The claim has been made by The Linley Group, a firm that closely tracks the mobile processor industry. MacRumors points out that even though Apple seems to be interested in introducing a new iPad model every year looking at the timelines of iPad and iPad 2, this time it might not be possible for the Cupertino giant to stick to a March-April release for the iPad 3 should it be based on the A6 technology.
As stated by the source:
All of this takes time. “A final version of the chip will enter production in 2Q12 ‘at the earliest’… We believe this timing makes sense,” Krewell said. “This pace would make the A6 one of the first 28 [nanometer] mobile processors (along with Qualcomm’s MSM8960) to enter production. This schedule, however, breaks Apple’s annual processor-upgrade cycle and will delay any products using the A6 until at least June 2012.”
It is rumored that Apple A6 chip will be a quad-core chip i.e it will have four processor cores as opposed to the existing Apple A5 chip found in iPad 2 which has two processor cores and will also support full 3D technology.
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