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.
It 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.
Apart 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.
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])