The 2018 iPad Pro lineup from Apple could feature an eight-core A11X Bionic chip based on TSMC’s 7nm fabrication. Tentatively named A11X Bionic, the eight-core chip will feature three ‘Monsoon’ cores which are geared towards performance and five energy-efficient ‘Mistral’ cores.
The chipset will also include M11 motion coprocessor and a neural engine for artificial intelligence. While the leak does not mention anything about the GPU, the chipset should include a beefed-up version of Apple’s custom GPU which the company first debuted with the A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X this year. The chip will also make use of TSMC’s InFO packaging process for improved efficiency and reduced package size.
Apple would likely unveil the 2018 iPad Pro before it unveils the 2018 iPhones which would make the tablets the first from the company to make use of chips based on the 7nm fabrication.
Apple’s 6-core A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X already rivals many of Intel’s desktop-class Core processors. The A11X Bionic should now easily surpass many of Intel’s mid-range Core i5 processors in benchmarks thanks to the addition of more cores and its possibly higher clock speed. The additional GPU horsepower should also help drive the 120Hz ProMotion display which Apple first debuted with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro this year.
Rumors surrounding the 2018 iPad Pro point to the tablets coming with TrueDepth camera at the front for Face ID. Its unclear if similar to the iPhone X, Apple will completely ditch Touch ID on the tablets or keep both forms of biometric authentication.
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