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


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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

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.

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


macrumors 6502a
Aug 11, 2014
Sunny South Florida
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.


macrumors regular
Jul 8, 2016
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).


Staff member
Feb 1, 2005
Twin Cities Minnesota
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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