Rumour: 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Will Have a Souped-Up A8X Processor

By Gerald Lynch on at

If Apple truly is working on a larger, business orientated iPad Pro, it's going to take more than just a few extra inches of screen real estate to justify its existence. And, according to reports coming in from Taiwan, a souped-up processor may be just what differentiates it from the iPad Air 2.

According to TechNews, the iPad Pro will use an A8X processor, a more powerful version of the A8 found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It wouldn't be the first time Apple released a higher-spec version of an existing processor -- though last year's A7 didn't get a revamp, both the A5 and A6 processors eventually popped up in Apple gear as "X" variants. That improved processor would presumably be needed to power the larger screen and, you'd hope, some more advanced multitasking options for power users. A side-by-side, dual app view wouldn't hurt, right? But the wait for the iPad Pro may be a long one -- though the source claims it will be revealed in October, it may not actually hit shelves until the middle of 2015.

The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will be available considerably sooner, thankfully, if the source is to be believed. Also being revealed in October, the iPad Air 2 will be ready in time for Christmas sales (corroborating with an earlier report we heard), with the iPad Mini 3 going on sale at the beginning of next year. The iPad Air 2 will also sport 2GB of RAM and a slightly thinner body and, unlike the iPhone 6, will still be offered with a 32GB storage option. [TechNews via G4Games]