Rumor: iPad 3 will come with a quad-core A6 processor
BGR has run a report claiming that the upcoming iPad 3 tablet will feature a quad-core A6 processor. The assertion came with a number of photos showing the command line output of a development and debug tool that is purportedly in communication with an iPad 3.
According to BGR, another tidbit that can be gleaned from the screenshots is that the mobile data version of the iPad will incorporate embedded GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers.
With the iPad 3 widely rumored to be released in March, interest in the iPad is reaching a new level. The arrival of an iPad with a quad core chip will put significant pressure on other tablet makers to release devices with a similar amount of processing capability--regardless if the extra processing power will be utilized by most apps.
This is due in part to the dominant position of the iPad, what with 15.43 million units of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) tablet sold in the last quarter alone.
With Windows 8 tablets already expected to be powered by quad-core processors when they become available later this year, a quad-core iPad is certainly not outside the realm of possibility.
So what does this mean for the enterprise? While I'm hard pressed to name business applications requiring so much processing capability, it's entirely possible that processor-intensive software such as that revolving around analytics or data-mining may yet make inroads onto the tablet.