New iPad to feature quad-core processor

Apple’s Wednesday unveiling of its new iPad was short on surprises: Many analysts and industry insiders had expected the sharper screen, improved camera and 4G LTE capabilities that Chief Executive Tim Cook confirmed would be included in the new product.

Another widely expected upgrade that Cook confirmed at the event was a new processing chip. It’s a quad-core processor that Apple has dubbed the A5X, and it replaces the A5, the chip that powered the iPad 2. Apple says it designed the A5X with a dual mission in mind: Maintain the gadget’s speed while ably supporting its new high-resolution screen.

Apple says its new chip has “double the graphics performance” of its predecessor.

Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, some analysts had speculated that Apple would not roll out the a quad-core processor this time, instead opting for an improved dual-core chip.

Sarah Halzack is The Washington Post's national retail reporter. She has previously covered the local job market and the business of talent and hiring. She has also served as a Web producer for business and economics news.
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