Could This Be The iPad 3's Guts?S

Last week we saw what might be the iPad 3's high-res display. Now, MacRumors is suggesting that the logic board of the new iPad is out in the wild. How likely it is to be real is, obviously, up for debate.

This photo, originally posted at Chinese site WeiPhone, shows what is claimed to be the iPad 3's logic board, including an "A5X" system-on-a-chip. We're expecting a new processor in the next iteration of the iPad—though we thought an A6 would be the next logical step. If this photograph is real, the A5X model name may suggest that this piece of silicon is a bridging step.

According to Mac Rumors, the date code on the chip—"1146"—indicates that it was "manufactured in the 46th week of 2011, which would have corresponded to November 14-20". Elsewhere on the board are a pair of 16 GB flash memory chips from Hynix and a rectangular Apple-branded chip similar to the power management chips found in previous iPads.

As ever, it's difficult to say whether we can definitely expect the A5X chip to appear in the new iPad. One thing is certain: there isn't long to wait in order to find out. [Mac Rumors]