Apple is a cyclical creature, like bears, unicorns and ladyfolk. iPods in September; iPhones in June; and likely, iPads in April. April is not so far away! So, unsurprisingly, we're starting to hear what the next iPad looks like.
While one generation of devices does not a trend make—three's a trend, in journo-land—Apple is less mystical and more economical than most internet denizens would suspect. The A4 chip that first showed up in the iPad also made its way into the iPhone 4, iPod touch and re-designed Apple TV. It too, is not all that mysteriousical: It's a custom system-on-a-chip built around ARM's Cortex A8 processor that's clocked at 1GHz with a PowerVR SGX 535 graphics chip (also found in the iPhone 3GS). It's not crazy that the next generation of Apple's system on a chip, which Engadget has pegged as the A5, will follow the same pattern, as their sources indicate: It'll show up in the next iPad, followed by the iPhone 5 (and its iPod touch equivalent, though this goes without saying), and a new Apple TV.