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Fourth-gen iPad sells out; benchmarks show 1.39GHz A6X

updated 10:52 am EDT, Tue October 30, 2012

New iPads still expected to ship in one week

Stock of the fourth-generation iPad has evaporated at Apple's online store. All colors, capacities, and wireless combinations are no longer available for delivery on Friday, the tablet's official launch date. They are, however, still set to ship within a week, indicating that Apple should have a reasonable supply at hand.

A benchmark discovered through Primate Labs' Geekbench site meanwhile appears to reveal specifications of the new iPad's A6X processor. An "iPad3,4" device is identified as having a 1.39GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. While the chipset still uses quad-core graphics, it appears to have improved graphics technology, giving it better performance scores than the iPhone 5, which in turn is almost twice as fast as the third-gen iPad.

Apple has never before made major updates to the flagship iPad outside of March or April. That may raise the question of what the company intends to do next year. One hint could come from a rumored investment in carbon fiber, which might be turned to addressing a long-standing complaint and making the iPad much lighter.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Zanziboy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-27-08

    On the hardware side, Apple is facing competition both on tablet resolution and CPU processing speed. It's good to see Apple is working hard to improve the overall throughput of the processors. I hope we see dramatic improvements in the RAM as well. I predict next October we'll see a 64-bit quad-core A7X at 1.8GHz.

  1. blahblahbber


    Joined: 02-01-05

    Next year (2013) will be QUAD-core year. Either you have it or your out of date...

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