According to recent rumors, Apple’s next generation iPad may feature a quad-core processor along with Retina Display, improved cameras and support for LTE networks.

But TheVerge has just reported that according to “people familiar with the product” that though iPad 3 will be powered by Apple’s next generation A6 chip, which will include a significantly more powerful GPU, it won’t be powered a quad-core processor.

According to people familiar with the product, though the new iPad will be touting that double resolution display — a true iPad Retina Display, clocking in at 2048 x 1536 — the device will be nearly physically identical to its predecessor, but the slate will be about one millimeter thicker overall. We’re also told that the A6 CPU the iPad 3 is likely to sport will include a significantly more powerful GPU — no big surprise there. What is surprising, however, is that our sources say that the A6 will not be a quad-core chip, but will remain dual-core. We’ve previously had heard that the device would have a quad-core CPU as well as an LTE cell radio on-board, but at least part of that story wasn’t accurate.

Will the lack of a quad-core processor be a deal breaker for you to upgrade or buy iPad 3?

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