KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the most reliable analysts out there when it comes to predicting upcoming Apple products. Whomever his sources are in the Far East, they run deep. So when Kyo says that the iPad 5 will be 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the iPad 4, and it will take significantly less time to charge, that’s a prediction worth taking seriously.
In a new report, Kuo might not be here until 2014, and that Apple’s chip roadmap is actually to replace the dual-core A6X chip this year with a quad-core model.
Even if that report is sketchy, would Apple release an iPad 5 boasting an A7X chip before the iPhone 5S debuts the smaller A7 chip? That’s what would happen if the iPad 5 is debuted at WWDC in June, which is the current (rumored) release timeline.
I suppose there’s no reason why not, even if that’s the opposite of how it usually goes. The A7 and A7X chips are identical except the A7X has more graphic cores to support the retina iPad’s insane 2048×1536 Retina display. I suppose we’ll know soon enough.
- Via App Advice