2018 iPad Pro To Feature Eight-Core A11X Bionic Chip

Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are developing a next-generation mobile chip that will make its debut in an upcoming iPad Pro revision next year.

According to a report Wednesday by Chinese outlet MyDrivers, the chip tentatively named “A11X Bionic” set to power 2018 iPad Pros is an enhanced version of the A11 Bionic processor in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X series with more cores and, presumably, higher clock frequencies.

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.

TSMC board just passed a $4.29 billion budget for capacity expansion, with an additional $800 million earmarked for an “accelerated build-up for 7nm capacity,” as per CFO Lora Ho.


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