As Apple rolls out its MacBook line with the groundbreaking M1 chip on board, many iPad fans have been wondering whether the upcoming iPads will include the Apple-made silicon chip, too.
But, if rumours are to be believed (and these are extremely believable), Apple seems to have something pretty special up its sleeve for the next iPad Pro, in the form of an A14X chip. And the addition of that 'X' to the existing A14 Bionic chip is set to supercharge the performance of the new iPad Pro, set to launch next month. We're sure the best iPad Pro apps will run spiffingly on the upgraded hardware. Hooray.
So where does this 'believable' rumour come from? Well, straight from the developer code of the most recent iOS 14.5 beta release – and it doesn't get much better than that. Apparently, 9-5Mac found (opens in new tab) references to the new chip buried in the code, under the codename '13G' – super-mysterious because there is no known chip with that name. But with an intimate knowledge of former codenames, 9-5Mac is certain that this code stands for the new A14X chip, meaning it's on its way. And since it is found in the beta of iOS 14.5, it makes sense that Apple would launch iOS 15 with full support for the new chip.
This upgraded processor has been long-awaited by those wanting the iPad Pro to get a real boost. Based on the M1 chip, the processor is said to be 'blisteringly fast', which is great news for creatives wanting to run powerful art and design software on their portable devices.
With four new iPads rumoured to launch next month – the iPad Pro 2021 (which will come in two sizes), a new, bigger iPad mini and a refreshed iPad, there's a lot to look forward to in April (we hope). It's an exciting time in Apple news, as the iPhone 13 is set to lose one of its most controversial features in a long-awaited redesign.
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