We must be getting closer to launch because the a case comparison to previous generation iPads and now a shot of the Mainboard.3 hardware leaks are starting to heat up with
the name implies that the chipset is more of an evolution than a major overhaul. A date code on top also implies it was made in 2011 week 46, or about November 14-20 and the timeframe when iPad 3 production may have started.
The board also shows two 16GB Hynix flash memory chips for storage, although it’s unknown if 32GB will be the baseline or just a mid-tier model like in 2010 and 2011.
Two possibilities exist for what an A5X could mean depending on Apple’s interpretation of what a fifth-generation part uses. It could be a quad-core version of the existing ARM Cortex-A9 architecture in the A5, making it more of a parallel to (if likely faster than) NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. The other less likely option is that it could still be dual-core and use either a higher clock speed on a new 28-nanometer process or the new ARM Cortex-A15 architecture that Samsung is using in the Exynos 5250.
Graphics will likely get a boost regardless of the underlying processor given the likely 2048×1536 display. Most 2011-era mobile graphics couldn’t handle that resolution or would be too slow. As such, it’s probable that the next iPad will use either a higher-clocked version of the′s PowerVR SGX543MP2 dual-core video or its quad-core relative, the SGX543MP4 seen in the PS Vita.
Rumor has it that we’ll find out on March 7th, then again only a few days ago there was talk of February 29th…