iMore’s Rene Ritchie suggests that an “iPad 3 mark II” (or revision A) won’t merely be about updating the iPad 3 with Apple’s new Lightning dock connector because if they’re going to update the New iPad at all, they may as well take make it as good an update as they can, which he says could include the new Apple A6 processor and the updated Qualcomm LTE 4G chipset – one goal being be to make the revised iPad 3 run better and cooler.
However, Ritchie suspects that Apple won’t release such an upgrade, which he understands is ready to go, with much hoopla, so as not to provoke negative push-back from original iPad 3 customers, and that a fall release would most likely be alongside the new iPad mini.
New iPad Shows Up in App Analytics Running A6-Based Chip
MacRumors’ Eric Slivka says they’ve received word from a developer who’s seen evidence of a previously unknown “iPad3,6″ device showing up in his app analytics targeting the new ARMv7s architecture that supports Apple’s custom A6 system-on-a-chip found in the iPhone 5. This new iPad thus appears to be running either an A6 chip itself or a variation onthe A6 design.
Slivka notes rumors that Apple is planning to release a tweaked version of the third-generation iPad in the coming weeks in order to incorporate a Lightning connector and possibly other internal changes, although he finds it difficult to believe that such a release would also include an upgrade to the new A6 chip, suggesting rather that this new iPad3,6 could represent Apple’s 2013 iPad model, which is expected to run some flavor of the A6 chip.