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12.9-inch iPad Pro rumored to feature A8X processor

iPad Pro design render, unofficial
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This large screen iPad has not been confirmed by Apple yet, but rumors claim it will launch next year powered by the A8X chip, an improvement of the A8 used in the iPhone 6.

Now that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are on the market, there are still a few Apple products that have to be announced or released in the coming months. First, there is the Apple Watch smartwatch, then the updated iPads - iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 with Retina and, at a later time, the fabled 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

According to recent leaks coming from industry insiders located in Taiwan, the upcoming 12.9-inch tablet from Apple will feature an A8X SoC, a comeback of the "X" series chips. In the past, both the A5 and A6 chips from the Cupertino-based company received "X" variants with slightly improved specs, although the A7 processor did not get an A7X version.

Same sources mentioned above also revealed that the iPad Air 2 will sport 2 GB of memory, larger speaker grilles and a thinner body with design elements borrowed from the iPhone 6 family. The tablet will come with 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of internal storage.

Back to the iPad Pro, the Taiwanese insiders revealed that this large screen slate will probably be unveiled in the second quarter of 2015. Obviously, all these need to be taken with a grain of salt for now, but more information may become available next month.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09-25 (Update: 2014-09-25)