The next iPad Pro is predicted to land in the coming weeks, probably as soon as April. And now, a piece of evidence has emerged which says it’s coming very, very soon.
In the latest beta software for the iPhone, iOS 14.5, there are references to a chip called 13G. That’s not a code number used on any current processor.
According to Filipe Espósito at 9to5Mac, who found the references, the naming convention suggests it will be a variant of the A14 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 12 series and the latest iPad Air.
This will almost certainly be called A14X, as is Apple’s custom for most iPad Pro chips. The A14X is in turn based on the T8103, code name for the Apple M1 chip.
M stands for Mac, and M1 is the first Apple Silicon processor, powering the latest MacBook Air, for instance.
This bears out recent references to the next iPad Pro being on a par with the latest M1 Macs.
So, couldn’t this be a chip for something else? Well, it’s possible, but the huge preponderance of rumors says that the only compatible product that’s likely to come in the next few months is a new iPad Pro.
For sure, if it were a product due later in the year, we wouldn’t have seen this information yet, as it would be designed for iOS 15, not the current iteration. In fact, since it’s in iOS 14.5 and that’s expected to land in the coming days, it suggests that the next tablet must be very nearly here, too.
Which means that unless Apple has kept a wholly different product totally under wraps, it must be the iPad Pro.
Let’s hope so, because an iPad with a processor as powerful as that in an M1 Mac will be very fast indeed. It’ll continue to help people choose an iPad and keyboard combo instead of a laptop, for instance.
It will also mean that the iPad Pro will have the fastest and most powerful A chip yet, beating the current iPad Pro’s A12Z processor and the iPad Air’s A14 Bionic.
The new iPad Pro is expected to look similar to the current model but to boast a new miniLED display in the 12.9in model at least.
As more details leak, I’ll be covering this story.
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