12.9-Inch ‘iPad Pro’ Could Have More Powerful A8X Processor

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Just as the whirlwind of rumors and speculation surrounding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has come to a close, the rumor mill has quickly shifted gears to Apple’s next unannounced product. Taiwan-based TechNews reports on Thursday that the oft-rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” could be powered by a faster Apple A8X processor.

There have been multiple rumors circulating over recent months that corroborate the iPad Pro having a 12.9-inch display, but this is the first time that we hear about the Apple A8X processor. A report from April conflicts with this one, suggesting that the iPad Pro could have two Apple A7 processors instead.

The next-generation tablet will join the existing iPad lineup which consists of the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display and 9.7-inch iPad Air. But anyone hoping to get their hands on the notebook-sized tablet soon will have to wait until at least early next year, as only updates to Apple’s existing iPads are expected this October.

If the previous Apple A5X and Apple A6X processors from recent years are any indication, the Apple A8X will be a system-on-a-chip with improved graphics performance over the Apple A8 processor that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple had seemingly departed from using “X” processors in its recent iOS devices, opting to use the same Apple A7 chip that powers the iPhone 5s for inside the iPad Air as well. But, with a much larger screen, the so-called iPad Pro could need an enhanced processor that is more powerful than those for iPhone or other iPads.

It is widely believed that Apple will host at least one more media event ahead of the holiday shopping season, likely occurring at some point in October. The focus of the keynote is likely to revolve around the announcements of the second-generation iPad Air, third-generation iPad mini and public release of OS X Yosemite.

[G for Games via MacRumors]