Quad-core iPad 3 doubt, dual-core may not be good enough

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With a possible iPad 3 announcement set for next month, there is plenty of speculation going on as to what the final hardware specifications and design features will end up looking like. We have an update to give you now, as alleged iPad 3 parts have shown up in China, as well as worrying details suggesting that the device may not have a quad-core processor as previously rumored.

The case in question, shows what RepairLabs are claiming to be the back of the iPad 3, based on their image which originated from China. The case shows many changes to the iPad 2 shell, the most exciting of which could be the addition of a bigger battery which in turn, could accomodate the inclusion of a 4G LTE radio that drains faster when data is utilized.

Another possible change to the iPad 3 could include a different screen and a different camera, as you’ll see by the image over at RepairLabs which highlights the differences between both cases. These clues back up previous iPad 3 speculation, which included the likes of a bigger battery, a Retina display, an improved camera and 4G LTE connectivity.

What isn’t mentioned here though is what processor will be included in the iPad 3. There is plenty of talk (and hope) that the device will feature an A6 quad-core chip, but a related article published by TheVerge claims that the device won’t have a quad-core processor at all. Instead, the iPad 3 will feature an A6 chip but it will still be a dual-core processor. If this information turns out to be true, then there’s going to be some very disappointed consumers out there who were certain that the next iPad would be a quad-core device.

It would be a strange decision as well in our opinion, especially with the likes of the ASUS Transformer Prime leading the way with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core chip. You would have thought that Apple would jump at the first opportunity to gobble up the new quad-core market share, with their so-called ‘iPad 3′ but now that has been cast in doubt.

Let’s hope that the device will indeed be shown off next month at an Apple event, so we can finally find out what the next iPad 3 entails. Will it feature a Retina display, a bigger battery, 4G LTE, an improved camera but miss out on the main highlight that everyone wants to see?

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