Apple iPad 3 will have an A5X processor, quad-core A6 will debut in iPhone 5

It looks like the iPad 3 will be packing its previous A5 processor, albeit one running on graphic-boosting steroids

The Apple iPad 3 will officially be announced tomorrow, but that hasn't stopped The Verge from reporting that the iPad 3 will have a souped-up A5X processor as opposed to the long-expected quad-core A6 processor – a rumour that has been fluttering around since last month.

The A5X processor will remain a dual-core offering like its predecessor, but we expect to see an improvement in its graphics-crunching power. The Verge's sources went on to state that Apple will wait to debut its quad-core A6 processor in its iPhone 5 launch, expected later this year.

We were drowning in a sea of quad-core phone and tablet announcements in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress last week, and it would now seem that any of our 5 of the best quad-core gadgets will have an advantage over the iPad 3 in the raw power department.

However, it's important to note that Apple's firm control over both its hardware and software means that the iPad 3's hardware will be highly optimised for Apple's iOS software and we still expect the iPad 3 to run buttery smooth, handling anything and everything that gadgeteers will throw at it. Still, it may be too hard for some people to ignore the lack of a quad-core processor on the iPad 3's spec sheet.

The Verge's sources also confirmed the rumours of a new Apple TV refresh, with the new model capable of playing 1080p content as well as offering the ability to mirror the displays of iPad and Mountain Lion devices.

Stay tuned here tomorrow evening for coverage of Apple's iPad 3 event and check out our iPad 3 rumour round up for all the latest info and gossip in the mean time.

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