first_imgUnless the rumor mill has been wildly off target, we already know most of the features of the iPad 3 — despite there not being a single official word from Apple. We expect it to have a Retina Display, a better camera, a form factor that is nearly identical to the iPad 2 (only a bit thicker and more tapered), and a faster processor.That processor, however, has been one of the few points of contention among analysts and rumormongers. Some say it will be quad-core, while other say that it will be an upgraded dual-core chip. Some say that the chip will be called the A6 (naturally following the A4 and A5), while others are insisting that it will be called the A5X. So who got it right? A new report from 9to5Mac says “all of the above.”Buried deep in the code for the beta of iOS 5.1 are references to two chips, believed to be the A5X and the A6. S5L8945X refers to the A5X, while S5L8950X alludes to the A6. How do we know? Because of the previous naming pattern: the A4 (found in the original iPad and iPhone 4) was S5L8930X, and the A5 (iPad 2 and iPhone 4S) was S5L8940X. Apple appears to be adding 10 to major upgrades, so adding 5 would be a half upgrade. Ergo, A5X.This tells us a lot, yet it leaves much unanswered. Why would Apple be making two different chips? It’s possible that it isn’t releasing two chips, but both were being tested all the way up until a last-minute decision. It could also be that the A6 is for the iPad 3 and the A5X is for the rumored iPad mini or an updated Apple TV.Sometime last year, the rumor mill was saying that the iPad line would be split into low-end and high-end tiers, similar to Macs. Could that be what’s going on here? If so, would the high-end model be more expensive than past iPads, or would the low-end be cheaper?These questions won’t likely be answered until Tim Cook takes the stage to announce the next iPad (or iPads?). That’s rumored to happen on March 7, but that’s another question altogether.via 9to5Maclast_img read more