Apple iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se hardware rumors pick up new support for SoC choice

In a little over three weeks, Apple’s expected to announced its latest batch of iOS hardware, and unless everyone who’s anyone has been misreading the situation, that means that we’re about to get both a new iPhone and an new iPad. We’ve already heard plenty about what to look for from both the iPad Air 3 and the new four-inch iPhone, which we’re expecting to see launch as the iPhone 5se, and that extends to the choice of the silicon powering these devices. At least, while earlier rumors suggested Apple could take the conservative route with the iPhone 5se and outfit the phone with an old A8 chip, more recent reports have suggested that Apple might instead hook the handset up with a more modern chipset: the same A9 powering last year’s iPhone 6s models. Now Bloomberg is adding some new support to that theory, while also shining some light on the chip that will drive the new iPad.

As part of a longer report on Johny Srouji and his role heading up Apple’s chip development efforts, Bloomberg attempts to confirm that we are indeed going to see new tablet and phone hardware next month – though it declines to guess at specific names.

At the same time, it points to a source identifying the chip powering the new iPhone as the A9, while the tablet will get the same A9X SoC that debuted with the iPad Pro.

The choice to go with the A9X for the iPad Air 3 is hardly surprising, but we’re a little more interested in this attempt to confirm A9 rumors for the iPhone 5se. With all the power of a modern iPhone and a much more compact build, could this handset be shaping up to be a bigger hit than a lot of us expected?

Source: Bloomberg

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