While Apple have made no announcement yet it’s pretty safe to say there will be a new iPad released this year, whether it’s a major overhaul or an updated version of the iPad 2 is the only mystery.
Trusted Apple orientated website 9to5 Mac have discovered that buried deep within the latest iOS 5.1 beta is support for not just the dual-core A5 processor found in recent iPhone and iPad models but support for quad-core processors. It seems fairly logical to assume that this means Apple are at least in the planning stages of releasing a device with a quad-core processor.
With the possibility of a major iPhone update later this year it’s widely expected that we’ll see a new iPad in the first half of the year which may be the first device to use Apple’s quad-core processor. This massive increase in processing power could open the doors to professional-quality video editing software, more advanced versions of popular image editing apps and even more detailed and complex games.
Some may question the need to keep increasing the processing power of tablets when very few apps currently utilise the computing power already available to developers, after all if the new iPad used the older dual-core A5 processor it may allow Apple to release the device at a lower cost.
An announcement from Apple is expected in the coming months and any major changes to the iPad 3 hardware could be a hint towards the changes we might see to the iPhone 5. Although the iPhone 4S was released after the death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs the iPad 3 will be Apple’s first real chance to make a clear statement about the direction they will take without the man responsible for many of their most popular and successful products.