Apple introduced the new A6 chip with the iPhone 5 in mid-September. It now appears that an iPad with an A6 chip is on the horizon. According to MacRumors, a developer pointed out to them that an “iPad3,6” device was showing up in the analytics for an iOS application. According to the report, the processor is on the ARMv7s architecture. the same as the system-on-a-chip inside of the iPhone 5, or perhaps a variation of the current A6 chip.
This discovery may point to the fact that Apple is looking to release a smaller 7 inch iPad Mini, with the new Lightning connector standard as well as other new features. The variation noted may also be an “X” version of the latest chip. For example, following the release of the A5 chip, Apple introduced a slightly higher A5X to run in the new iPad. With the introduction of the A6 in the iPhone 5, Apple may introduce an A6X to run on the full sized iPad.
It is unclear when Apple plans to unveil a new version of the iPad, but it will definitely reflect some of the changes seen in the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod Touch, including a change in screen size, the new A6 or a variation of it, the Lightning connector, and the relocation of the headphone jack.