Apple has reportedly ordered processors for the iPad Pro, the Cupertino firm’s rumoured 12.9-inch tablet, from its suppliers.
The news comes to us courtesy of DigiTimes. The site reports:
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter.
TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.
TSMC will continue to make the new CPUs for the new iPad on a 20nm process as it did currently for the A8 processors, said the sources, adding that the new CPU is tentatively codenamed A8X.
The SoC of the A8X will be larger than that of A8’s, which could post a challenge to TSMC in terms of yield rates, the sources commented.
The report doesn’t mention the iPad Pro, but it does say that the iPad in that will sport the A8X chip will be released in 2015. Earlier reports said that the 12.9-inch iPad will be launched next year.
The same report says that the iPad Air 2 will sport the A8 chip, which is the same CPU under the hood of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This conflicts with a previous leak, showing the iPad Airs 2’s board with the A8X CPU.
Fortunately, we’ll get to know if this rumour is true of not, since Apple is expected to lift the lid on the iPad Air 2 soon.
Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.