Apple iPad Pro 2018 will feature a beefed Up version of iPhone X Processor
Apple’s iPad Pro is said to get a revamp next year with the OLED display and Face ID. As per tech giant’s usual strategy, it will feature a processor similar to last iPhones ie the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The main difference is the addition of two more processing cores to the next processor powering the 2018 iPad Pro.
Chinese website MyDrivers revealed that Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro models will feature octa-core processors that are actually based on Taiwanese company TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process. Supply chain indicates the processor will be named Apple A11X Bionic processors following the naming scheme by Apple.
Apple debuted its A11 chipset which 64-bit ARM-based system on chip (SoC) with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The A11 Bionic chip is a six-core processor comprising two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. According to Apple, the performance cores named as “Monsoon” are 25 percent faster than the ones in last year’s A10 Fusion. On the other hand, the A11 Bionic’s high-efficiency cores, called “Mistral,” are 70 percent faster than those of its predecessor.
The A11X Bionic chip is the beefed up version of the A11 Bionic chipset. As We know Apple added two more high-performance cores to A10 to make the 2017 iPad Pro, we can guess the 2018 iPad Pro devices will come with three Monsoon cores and five Mistral cores. Also, the new processor is reported to feature a TSMC’s integrated fan-out wafer level packing, it won’t be built on the 10nm process like the A11 Bionic chip. Instead, the A11X Bionic will be based on 7mm manufacturing process.
Also, this leads to the addition of the new M11 motion co-processor and a new neural engine chipset for an enhanced Face ID. Possibly the newer generation of Face ID.
The fact that the next generation iPads could ditch the home button and move completely change the way the Apple Lineup works. It would mean Apple moving to OLED and Face ID and notch on each of its products in 2018. The rumors first started when KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the 2018 iPad Pro tablets will have very minimal bezels as a result of the home button’s elimination from the hardware. Unlike the iPhone X, there are rumors of apple just sticking to LCD to keep pricing down for the iPad Pro models.