The Verge claims that a source has revealed that the A5X system-on-a-chip design is dual-core, with 1GB of RAM – double that of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S – and a quad-core graphics processor.
Apple traditionally doesn’t go into details of specifications such as RAM when discussing new iOS devices, though did make some bold claims about its graphics processor, claiming it to be twice as powerful as nVidia’s Tegra 3, with four times the performance.
nVidia has responded to Apple’s claims by asking how Apple arrived at those numbers and plans to buy a new iPad when it comes out on 16 March to put it to the test.
The new iPad does bring a vastly improved display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and a pixel density of 264ppi, cramming 3.1 million pixels onto the 9.7in screen.
However, some industry watchers such as Mark Mulligan have said that the new model is merely an incremental upgrade, while others like Sarah Rottman Epps of Forrester believes it to be a ‘gut renovation’.