Feb 20 2012
Today a Chinese site WeiPhone has leaked a photo of the upcoming iPad 3 logic board with an ‘A5X‘ chip, although the expected was A6 chip. The A5X chip can be clearly seen in the leaked image above, but still this looks more of a rumor unless we get some confirmation from a reliable source.
A date code of “1146” on the A5X indicates that it was manufactured in the 46th week of 2011, which would have corresponded to November 14-20. An “A5X” as a step-wise upgrade to the A5 corresponds with progression of processor part numbers as revealed by BGR in February. At the time the A4 was known to be the S5L8930X, the A5 as the S5L8940X and the new iPad processor as S5L8945X.
The leaked photo reveals two 16GB flash memory chips from Hynix and also an Apple branded power management chip with a newest part number.
At this point in time, it looks like ‘A5X’ chip will be the final one to feature in the next iPad 3 release, since BGR reports that A5X is the some kind of a upgraded version of the earlier A5 chip. But still some sources are saying that this is just the chip used for testing purposes. It is expected that Apple will announce their rumored iPad 3 around March 7th.