What you need to know
- A new report claims the A12Z is not any different than the A12X chip.
- The only difference may be the enabling of a previously disabled GPU core.
- Apple may be saving its A14X Bionic for a 5G iPad Pro.
A lot of questions have been surrounding the new A12Z Bionic processor powering the new 2020 iPad Pro. Specifically, many have been wondering what the difference is between the new chip and Apple's A12X Bionic which currently powers the previous generation of their high-end iPad. It turns out that there might not be much of a difference at all.
According to a new report by NotebookCheck, the difference discovered between the old and new processor is seemingly the enabling of a GPU core that was previously disabled. The outlet speculates that the company is developing a new A14X processor for a new iPad that could see its debut as early as the end of this year.
TechInsights seems to have confirmed NotebookCheck's suspicions, finding that the A12X Bionic chip in the older iPad Pro does in fact have eight physical cores, but that one appears to have been disabled.
As to why Apple would have made the decision to disable one of the GPU cores in the older model iPad Pro to then enable it for the 2020 iPad Pro, we can currently only speculate. However, rumors of a new 5G iPad Pro coming out by the end of this year may shed some light on the strategy.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
I have been saying this - here and elsewhere - for a week. The fact is, the 2020 iPad Pros are a very minor update to the 2018 models. Apple should have just released the magically expensive keyboard/stand, and waited until they had a true update available.
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