There have been rumors that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on a 12.9-inch iPad device for some time. It’s been said to be some sort of hybrid tablet – laptop device and has been dubbed the “iPad Pro.” Now we’re hearing more details about the alleged device and also the iPad Air 2, which is expected to be unveiled next month.
iPad Pro to get better A8X chip
G for Games reports that according to sources in Taiwan, Apple will use the same A8 chip that’s in the iPhone 6 for the iPad Air 2. However, the company is expected to upgrade the chip and make an A8X chip for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
In past years, Apple has upgraded its a-series chips for the iPads, adding an “X” to the series number when it developed a new chip for the latest iPhone. Last year the company didn’t do that, however, so there was never an A7X chip.
As Apple Insider notes, the A8 chip that’s inside the iPhone 6 Plus appears to have some problems with the scale of the display, which is 5.5 inches in size and has 401 pixels per inch. Some owners of Apple’s phablet have noted that some of the components seem to stutter. As a result, we would hope that a huge 12.9-inch iPad would have a better chip in it so that it would be able to support the display.
iPad Air 2 gets GB of RAM
The source also indicated that the iPad Air 2 will get an extra gigabyte of RAM, ending up with 2 gigabytes. There was also talk of what the tablet might look like. It was suggested that the iPad Air 2 might have bigger speaker grilles and also a smaller camera lens that will be moved to a new place. The body is also expected to be a bit thinner, which is pretty typical with the way Apple does things when it refreshes its products.
The iPad Air 2 is also expected to have the Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.