Apple’s 2021 5G iPad Pro to be powered by 5nm A14X Bionic chipset
When Apple introduced the new 2020 iPad Pro tablets last month, both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models were powered by the A12Z Bionic SoC. Early benchmark results of 2020 iPad Pro have indicated that performance is only marginally better than the 2018 iPad Pro. Apple tried to do damage control by stating that “highest performance ever in an iPad.”
However, TechInsights confirmed that the A12Z is the same as the A12X, but with an enabled GPU core that seems to be faster than the A12X. The A12X Bionic and A12Z Bionic are both built with the same 7nm process node by TSMC and have the same octa-core (eight-core) configuration and memory. Both chips have a maximum CPU clock speed of 2.49GHz, however, in A12Z has all eight cores activated instead of the seven in the earlier A12X.
However, the next year’s 5G ready iPad Pro will be powered by a more powerful 5nm A14X Bionic chipset. According to TF International’s Ming-Chi-Kuo, Apple will unveil a 7.9-inch iPad mini tablet sporting a mini-LED display with A13 Bionic chipset. However, the 2021 iPad Pro with 5G will be powered by the 5nm A14 Bionic. With an 84% increase in transistor density, the A14 Bionic could contain as many as 15 billion transistors each compared to the 8.5 billion shoehorned into the A13 Bionic and the 10 billion transistors found in the A12X Bionic.
According to Apple insiders, the A14X Bionic could make its debut on 5G versions of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets in fall 2021.
The newly launched iPad Pro 2020 is just an advancement of 2018 model. The biggest change is the new LiDAR Scanner on the back. There’s also the new Magic Keyboard with trackpad like the iPad Pro of 2018.