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Third-gen iPad unboxed: 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM

A purported third-generation iPad unit has been unboxed and subsequently benchmarked by Thailand-based As shown in the unboxing photos (Translated Link), the third-gen iPad box will feature a metallic iCloud stamp on the bottom, with the normal capacity and wireless network markings on the back—in this case, 16GB and 4G—and multiple markings that show it to be model number A1430. Otherwise, the device’s packaging appears to be quite similar to that of the iPad 2, including the same accessories inside the package. As for the benchmarks (Translated Link), the site found the third-gen iPad to deliver a Geekbench Score of 756, with a processor speed of 1 GHz—same as the iPad 2—but 1GB of RAM, or twice that of the prior unit. The unboxing video appears in embedded form below.

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So we get 4X the fill rate for the screen but only 2X the RAM even though we’re talking the price of a cheeseburger at McDs difference to have put double that RAM (or probably more with the volume Apple works in)? And the processor remains the same, yeesh.

See, said there was less than 50/50 based on past choices they’d get it right ;-).

The only upshot is that if app devs are forced to work with that sort of RAM constraint for retina class apps on the iPad 3, it is unlikely the iPad 2 will see the sort of nigh instantaneous obsolescence the iPad 1 did. In fact, there’s a very good chance it will actually perform much better.

Posted by Code Monkey on March 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM (CDT)

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