The next iPad Pro processor could take your breath away.
Apple is about to release its most powerful tablet, the next-generation iPad Pro, it seems. We’ve already heard that it comes with a revolutionary new display technology and that it will look similar to the current model. But now, the reliable Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has claimed that there will be a radically enhanced processor powering the new machine.
In his Power Up video broadcast focused on what to expect from Apple this year, Gurman says, “You can… expect a new processor. It’s on par with the M1 chip in the latest Macs, 5G and of course better cameras.”
Okay, so let’s take that apart. The iPad Pro chip, which is likely to be called A14X or A14Z, is going to be as powerful as the M1 chip, huh? Well, the M1 is the first Apple silicon for the Mac and it’s been extremely well-received, with power, speed and heat management all winning praise.
It’s very, very fast, so if the A14X matches that, this will be a screaming-fast tablet. Perhaps this is less surprising than it seems in one way – Apple says that the M and A series chips are related, after all,
Nonetheless, it indicates that the next iPad Pro is going to be amazingly fast. Jaw-dropping, even.
The next iPad Pro will look like this one but work much faster, it seems.
Apple took some criticism last Spring when it released the current iPad Pro and upgraded the chip from A12X to A12Z, with what many felt was too gentle an upgrade.
That said, I’ve never found the iPad Pro to be anything less than super-fast in anything it does, so upgrading that level of performance may really benefit power users of Apple’s tablets, while the rest of us merely gasp at the extra speed.
Remarkably, it looks like this new iPad will be announced in less than a month as it’s predicted that Apple will hold a special event some time in March.
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