The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are now out and about, but Apple enthusiasts still have a good number of unannounced and / or unreleased products to look forward to. This includes the company’s first smartwatch dubbed the “Watch”, and of course, the upcoming iPad line-up, consisting in the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 with Retina. Both tablets are said to be unveiled in October, but if the rumors are correct then only the iPad Air 2 will hit the shelves by the end of the year. As for the iPad mini 3, the device is now rumored to hit the market sometime in early-2015, and if the latest reports will be proven correct, then the fabled 12.9-inch iPad Pro should also hit the market in the second quarter of 2015.
Speaking of which, the latest word on the streets of Taiwan is that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will feature an improved A8X SoC, indicating that the “X” series will make a comeback. More details after the break.
iPad Pro to Sport an A8X Chipset?
As some of you should be aware of, both the A5 and A6 SoCs released previously by Apple have also been launched in beefed-up versions, namely the “A5X” and “A6X”. The A7 chipset released in September 2013 did not follow in its predecessors’ footsteps, as an “A7X” variant was never launched.
This year, the Cupertino-based company has prepared the new A8 processor for its latest smartphone line-up, and it appears that the same exact processor will also power the iPad Air 2. Interestingly enough however, a fresh report from Taiwan suggests that Apple will manufacture an A8X processor, with the help of TSMC, and that the chipset in question will make its debut on the fabled 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
The publication also suggests that the iPad Air 2 will sport 2 GB of RAM, and discusses various changes in design that were first rumored back in July, when a handful of images showcasing an iPad Air 2 dummy unit have emerged. Assuming that the information is correct, the iPad Air 2 will feature larger speaker grilles, a smaller camera lens that will be fitted in a slightly different location, and the a slightly thinner body.
What are your thoughts on these recent reports, and do you think Apple will manufacture an A8X spin-off specifically for the rumored iPad Pro?