New iPad 3 with Lightning connector arriving this year?

Signs of a possible new Lightning connector-touting iPad 3 have been revealed by an app developer.

The clue came from an unknown “iPad3.6” code appearing in his app analytics. This code ties in with the “iPad3,1”, “iPad 3,2” and “iPad3,3” codes known to designate the existing iPad 3 models, perhaps suggesting a revised version of the iPad 3 is on the cards.

The device could be next year’s iPad but if previous codes are anything to go by it is expected that next year’s model will sport an “iPad4,x” number. Meanwhile, it’s also unlikely to be the iPad mini as that device is said to be a derivative of the iPad 2 range with “iPad2,5” and “iPad2,6” numbers having already appeared in logs.

Also revealed by the analytics is that the new model would call upon ARMv7 code, which suggests the use of Apple’s A6 processor as used on the iPhone 5. This would then infer that the new iPad may well be next year’s model after all as it seems unlikely Apple would change the chip for a minor upgrade.

Whatever the case, it’s likely both the iPad mini and whatever this device is will be revealed at the same time, and that time’s expected to be very soon, 17 October in fact.

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