The purported images of a debug tool hooked-up to an iPad 3 prototype have recently hit the Web (via Boy Genius Report), with the images suggesting that Apple’s third-generation tablet will feature a quad-core “A6″ processor and LTE capabilities.
Back in June, 2011, a report claimed that AT&T’s first LTE iOS device would be the iPad 3, rather than the fifth-generation iPhone. Since, Apple’s iPhone 4S launched without support for LTE, suggesting that the company’s next-generation iOS devices – the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5 – would indeed be the first to support the super-fast wireless standard.
Now, the aforementioned images suggest that support for LTE will indeed launch with the iPad 3. If this is the case, you can be sure Apple’s next-generation iPhone – the iPhone 5, as many are calling it – will support the standard, also.
In discussing the images, BGR notes:
For starters, the model numbers are J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2), and while DigiTimes reported this a few weeks ago, these two models are not different devices, just a single iPad available in two versions — one with Wi-Fi only and one with Wi-Fi and embedded GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers. Also included in the photos is, for the first time, confirmation of which processor Apple will be using in the iPad 3: an A6 processor with model number S5L8945X. For reference, the Apple A4 model was S5L8930X and the A5 is S5L8940X.
As always, we’ll keep you posted. Below, you can view a gallery of the images sent to BGR. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.