Tim Cook holding iPad Pro (Bloomberg mockup 001)

Apple’s upcoming iPad Air 2 and the rumored 12.9-inch iPad, dubbed by the media the ‘iPad Pro’, will both run an enhanced “A8X” processor with improved graphics, GforGames claimed Thursday citing Taiwan’s TechNews [Google Translate].

Last year’s debut of the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display driven by the A7 chip broke Apple’s previous practice of maintaining two separate mobile processor families, one for iPhones and ‘X’ version powering the iPads.

The fact of the matter is, the A7 and A8 chips are powerful enough to drive graphics on both smartphone and tablet displays. That said, if there’s an A8X chip in tow for the rumored 12.9-inch device, chances are it’ll come outfitted with an ultra high-resolution screen that would require a more powerful GPU than that found inside the A8 chip.

The report claims that the A8X chip will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), a Taiwan-based contract foundry. TSMC is also said to have been tasked with churning out most, if not all, A8 chips powering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The story reiterates that the second-generation iPad Air will have 2GB of RAM, larger speaker grilles, a smaller camera lens “that will be fitted in a slightly different location” and a slightly thinner body, matching up with previous reporting by the rumor-mill and component leaks.

iPad Air 2 (rear panel, Nowhere Else 003)

The original iPad debuted in 2010 outfitted with the A4 processor that a few months later would make its way inside the iPhone 4. Then in 2011, the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 came along both running the A5 chip.

The following year, however, Apple realized that the A5 chip lacks oomph to drive the iPad 3’s high-resolution Retina screen so it introduced a modified A5X processor with improved graphics.

In 2012, the iPhone 5 released with the A6 chip. Later that year, the fourth-generation iPad debuted rocking an “A6X” variant inside. Apple never launched an “A7X“ or “A8X” chip variants.

[TechNews via GforGames]

  • Adam

    But… Will it bend?

    • Yes, but it won’t be listed as a feature.

    • Jonathan Amaral

      weak bro . real weak ..

    • Jonathan

      On a train track, yes.

    • Doesn’t matter, there will always be a repair kit…

  • @dongiuj

    12.9″ iPad please.

  • Mohammed

    Hope we get an option for dual booting ios and os x ,that would be sweet.
    And yeah,it would probably bend.

    • iBanks

      LOL! dual boot. Ha!

    • Dan

      keep dreaming

      • Mohammed

        Lol,i know dual boot is probably not gonna happen,but i hope the 12.9. Runs OS X.

      • Dario

        Not as long as it features an ARM CPU. And I doubt that Apple is going to release an Intel Mac OS X iPad: it would cannibalize MacBook Air! And it’s useless: iPad with iOS and MacBook Air (with a larger screen) with OS X are different products.

    • felixtaf

      Yes, If you keep it in your pocket!

  • Vince Reedy

    12.9″ iOS device = fail

  • Greg

    Only if you stay with IOS8. IOS9 no

  • Platy

    Bigger screens, more RAM and proper multi-tasking/split screen apps is the way forward 🙂

    • TJ

      you need a MacBook Air.

      • Platy

        I have a macbook Pro, but why do I need a laptop when wanting to casually browse the web and watch a video at the same time? Its 2014, when do you think iOS will properly allow you to multi-task??

        Its not like I want OS X on an ipad or to start using it as a desktop/laptop replacement.

      • -= J$@ =-

        You can browse the web while watching a video on the iPad…haven’t you heard of a tweak called Vidoepane?

      • Platy

        Yes of course I have. But its limited to native video codec which isn’t really ideal. Its great for youtube and itunes video and that’s about it.

      • Dario

        Anyway, OS X would not be comfortable on a tablet (try using Mavericks on a Surface Pro…).

  • JustMeJip2

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  • Geoffrey Spencer

    What would the width and length of the 12.9″ be? I am hoping for at least 8.5″ x 11″ (letter) size paper. I cannot read music on the current iPad Air at 8.9″ when playing because it is too small and you need to scroll up and down. I would like one page to be seen as one letter-size page and use the AirTurn device to change the pages.