What you need to know
- The new iPad Pros are confirmed to have 6GB of RAM on all models.
- The new models also feature the U11 chip.
- The A12Z processor has also been confirmed to have eight cores.
Apple released a new iPad Pro with a new Magic Keyboard today, making it and the 2018 iPad Pro the first you can control with a trackpad and cursor. Now, with the release of the iOS 13.4 GM build to developers, we now know a little more about the internals of the new iPads.
Reported by 9to5Mac, all of the 2020 iPad Pros now feature 6GB of RAM. This is an upgrade from the 2018 iPad Pros, as only the 1TB version had 6GB of RAM, while the lower storage models had 4GB. Now, anyone who buys a 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB model will rest easy knowing they have the same performance under the hood.
The GM build has also revealed that the new iPad Pros come equipped with the U11 wide-band chip found on the new iPhones. The U11 is currently able to be used for more direct AirDrop transfers between devices, but it is expected to have more important uses like locating a lost device with greater accuracy. Those more useful features are expected in a future software release.
The one thing that is not highly detailed in the GM build is the new A12Z chip, the processor that powers the new iPad Pro. It was discovered that the new processor has been upgraded to eight cores, whereas its predecessor, the A12X, had only seven cores.
Another thing found in the build was that all of the new iPad models feature WiFi 6 support, something seemingly missing from the new Macbook Air models. WiFi 6 is still relatively new and not many devices support it yet, but it will bring faster speeds and better coverage as it gains momentum.
More details around the components of the new models as developers have more time to look through the new build.
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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.
The A12X Bionic in the 2018 iPad Pros is also 8 core, according to Apple’s own specs. Dunno why you think it has 7. The camera is marginally better (2 wide angle lenses, and one is 10MP?). A 3 year old iPhone 8 Plus has better cameras, with 12MP wide and 12MP telephoto. Lastly, the magically expensive keyboard also works on the 2018 iPad Pros. So these new models are a very modest upgrade at best.
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