The New 12.9″ iPad Pro Rumored To Pack An Apple A8X Chipset

According to a report from Taiwan suggests that Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro with 12.9-inch display will be powered by an A8X SoC. Slightly gets more power than the current A8 chipset residing in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, will also carry a 2GB RAM on-board.

iPad-ProIt has been suggested that Apple would be coming through with a tablet larger and more powerful than the today’s flagship 9.7-inch model and which in fact, given the introduction of would-be rival products such as Microsoft Surface and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro line-up. The idea of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro seems even more credible. New info has emrged about the slate, with report proposing that the processor powering the top-end slab will be more robust, A8X chip.

Although, new Apple A8 offers a reasonable performance bump on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus compared to the older iPhone 5s. Benchmark readings indicating a speed increase seen around up to 15% (percent), not bad when talking about A7 – the first 64-bit processor in the mobile industry.

However, at the far moment, considering that the iPad Pro is said to pack a 12.9″ display – one that will likely command a resolution increase on the iPad Air – think logically, Apple would be working on a slightly more capable SoC to meet the criteria of a tablet featuring a MacBook-sized display.

iPad-Pro-ImminentApart this, Apple now looking forward to have a tradition of outing an “X” version of its chipset to the A5 and A6, but skipped the X version with the A7. As per the reports, now that the A8 will be getting a an Xa8 successor and it will be made by TSMC.

Talking about the last iPad upgrade, which eventually saw the iPad mini 2 and iPad Air integrated with the ‘A7X’ processor – merely the same A7, found in the iPhone 5s but clocked at 100MHz higher – a 12.9-inch display would be get a bumped A8X. While the A5X and A6X offered a superior graphics performance over the X-less variants, and given that this rumored iPad Pro will be built to deliver a top-notch performance on a mammoth display, which apparently makes the iPad Pro consume every single drop of graphics power that an A8X could evidently offer.

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The mysterious iPad Pro, could practically be given the ‘Plus’ monikor, is expected to arrive sometime during the first half of 2015. Rumored news also claims that a new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be announced next month, featuring Touch ID, the A8 processor and a number of other specs and tweaks. Forgot to say, alongside the final public version of OS X Yosemite 10.10 for Mac.

(Source: TechNews [Google Translate])