It is too early to tell whether we’re looking at the iPad 4, iPad 3, or the new New iPad, but let the guessing game begin. According to recent reports a certain “iPad3,6” popped up in application analytics according to a developer. The iPad3 codename is used for the New iPad and the 1, 2, and 3 numbers after the comma describe different flavors, depending on WiFi or cellular models for various carriers.
The next iPad should have had the “iPad4,x” codename but instead we’re looking at a comma version. Report also has it that said iPad is running either the A6 chip found inside the iPhone 5 or a variation of some sort based on the SoC. There were rumors of an iPad refresh that would shortly follow featuring the new Lightning port but it appears that Apple has also tweaked the specifications. It is safe to assume that (in case we’re looking at a 9.7-inch model and not the rumored Mini — which should have had a different numbering anyways, based reportedly on the iPad 2) the display will remain the same; add some more RAM and probably a tweaked design and we’re likely looking at the next Apple tablet for early 2013.
Same source is also testifying to seeing an alleged “iPad2,6” running on an A5 chip which could easily turn out to be the rumored iPad Mini which is expected to be unveiled as soon as this month.