Reports have suggested Apple is to drop A5 manufacturer Samsung from the production of the A6 chip as the next-generation processor enters early testing stages. The latest revelation in a longstanding battle between the brands, Apple is claimed to have ousted Samsung from its iDevice processor production duties as the iPhone 6 and iPad 3 A6 CPU is said to have begun being tested by TSMC.
“We know that the iPad 3 will be the first of their iOS devices to get the new processor, so we should expect confirmation of this [new manufacturer] in March 2011,” tech blog Product Reviews announced earlier this month.
Apple iPad 3 specs: Retina Display
We thought it would arrive on the iPad 2, but unfortunately it didn’t. So will we see an iPad 3 with a Retina display? The latest analysts reports suggest that the iPad3 spec will be missing from the third generation Apple tablet as well. It may not follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch as many perhaps hope, but Digital Trends suggests the display qualities will still improve commenting that, “Apple is speculated to be considering using an AMOLED panel or Full HD resolution support for the coming tablet.” But if you go by what Daring Fireball’s John Gruber says, a man renowned for his insider knowledge of the Cupertino company, the iPad 3 will tout a Retina Display. In a blog post discussing how iPad magazines can improve and capture more users, Gruber said, “These magazines and newspapers that render each “page” as a static 1024 × 768 image are going to look like utter ass on the iPad 3’s 2048 × 1536 retina display.” Gruber is well known for calling correct release dates and specs for almost every Apple product, suggesting he has some good information to be able to make such a claim
Apple iPad 3: Thundebolt port
A USB port has been notably absent from the iPad and iPad 2, but with the introduction of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology to the latest range of Apple MacBook Pro laptops, the fast peripheral input/output technology could be a more likely addition. Thunderbolt which possesses a 10Gbps (or 1.25GBps) speed, and can support high-resolution displays, basically means you can transfer a full-length HD movie in about 30 seconds, and a year’s worth of 196kbps MP3s in around ten minutes. Apple has worked closely with Intel on the development of the technology which is likely to be rolled out to other Apple devices, with future iPads a possible beneficiary.
Apple iPad 3: 3D display
It may not be on the top of the features list for most iPad users, but after French researchers found a way to create a 3D display without any other additional hardware, an iPad 3 3D model may not sound so ludicrous. Apple has yet to embrace the resurgent visual format, and as the video below suggests it may not be so far away as many think.
Check this video for how glasses-free 3D could look on the iPad 3.