2018 iPad Pro Models Could Have Very Fast Octa-Core A11X Bionic Chip

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    Apple's next-generation iPad Pro models released in 2018 will feature octa-core processors, based on Taiwanese supplier TSMC's improved 7nm manufacturing process, according to Chinese website MyDrivers.

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    iPad Pro with slim bezels and no Home button rendered by Benjamin Geskin

    The report, citing sources within Apple's supply chain, claims the eight cores in the tentatively named A11X Bionic chip will include three high-performance "Monsoon" cores and five energy-efficient "Mistral" cores.

    Like the A11 Bionic chip in the latest iPhone models, which is built on a 10nm process, the A11X chip will reportedly feature TSMC's integrated fan-out wafer level packaging, or InFO WLP for short.

    The chip will also presumably include a next-generation M11 coprocessor and neural engine for artificial intelligence tasks, such as processing facial recognition given rumors about Face ID on 2018 iPad Pro models.

    The eight-core processor should unsurprisingly result in CPU performance improvements on next-generation iPad Pro models.

    Our own Chris Jenkins provided an in-depth look at the architecture of Apple's A11 Bionic chip. He also highlighted details about TSMC's improved 7nm process and advanced InFO packaging process for 2018.

    Apple's current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have an A10X Fusion chip based on TSMC's 10nm fabrication process.

    In addition to gaining Face ID, next-generation iPad Pro models are expected to have an iPhone X form factor with slimmer bezels and no Home button. However, the tablets will reportedly continue to have LCD displays due to yield rates.

    Article Link: 2018 iPad Pro Models Could Have Very Fast Octa-Core A11X Bionic Chip
     
  2. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a

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    Where exactly are you supposed to grip that rendered iPad?
     
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    eight cores will likely NOT produce performance improvements in most real-world scenarios, actually. Most applications cannot take advantage of that many cores.
     
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    Breaking News: New generation iPad gets new generation chips.

    Like duh?
     
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    It would help in case ore 5 lower power cores.
     
  7. Blackstick macrumors 6502a

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    I know "more cores, more speed" looks great in marketing, but the reality is that precious few apps (and use cases) require it, and there's a tax to pay on mobile devices in terms of battery life.

    That being said, Face ID is pretty much a given, and shrinking bezels is awesome. I doubt we'll see OLED screens this go around though.
     
  8. jsalda macrumors regular

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    I understand technology moving forward, but my 9.7" iPad Pro is plenty fast enough....
     
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    Getting ever closer to the switchover from Intel to the A-series chips I see
     
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    My first-gen iPad Pro renders 1080p footage faster than real time in iMovie, so it would be interesting to see how this performs for 4K. I would also appreciate a battery bump from the efficiency cores, since I kill my iPad almost every day (with about 10 hours of use).
     
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    Looking forward to my next iPad Pro upgrade ;) .

    I still have and like my late 2015 15” rMBP, however my 10.5 iPad Pro has mostly replaced it at this point. Now that I have found good video and photo editing tools, Multi-tasking is better, and I have native file access to iCloud and Drive, I am having little need for my laptop.

    In some ways, the iPad Pro has become the touchscreen Mac I have wanted for years.
     
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    It would be really incredible to see those bionic processors in iPad Pro. The possibilities for developers would be literally endless.
     
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    What is the best guess as to when these will be out?
     
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    Won't they make it out of glass (front and back) so you can see through it ;)
     
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    More powerful chips are nice. But many iPad Pro users are asking for other features to make iPads more versatile….. like say…. an SDXC card slot?
     
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    Thank goodness I didn’t buy a new iPad this year next year I’m upgrading to this one
     
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    WHAT?... no Notch at the top?... I'm not buying it!... :p
     
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    Maybe next June at WWDC.
     
  21. Menel macrumors 603

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    Same way as the iPhone 10, gripping the sides.
     
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    I think Apple will add a notch to the iPad so their devices have a family resemblance. If the notch made the iPhone screen better I think it would do the same for the iPad.
     
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    I think "many iPad Pro users" are going to be disappointed.
     
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    My 9.7in Pro is great. Doesn't need to be any faster really, but I'd upgrade for Face ID and a better Smart Keyboard.
     
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