(Darren Dugan) #1


Where the iPad Pro really comes into its own
is with the A12Z Bionic chip, designed to add
some extra power to everyday tasks and make
the device even more capable than before. It is
short of the A13 Bionic chip that was included
in last year’s iPhone and rumored iPhone 9,
and it is far removed from the upcoming A14
chip which could make the iPhone 12 family
of smartphones as fast and as capable as a
16-inch MacBook Pro, but it’s an upgrade on
the 2018 iPad Pro models nonetheless. Featuring
an 8-core CPU, with upgraded GPU, improved
thermal architecture and tuned performance
controllers, Apple is offering the highest
performance in an iPad ever, making the iPad
Pro faster and more capable than most Windows
PCs in the process. The company says that the
new device was “built for demanding tasks” like
4K video and even 3D model manipulation.

The new chip also includes Apple’s patented
Neural Engine, which performs up to five trillion
operations per second, meaning users can do
more than ever before in real-time. No more
waiting for an application to load or for a video
to render; for everyday tasks and indeed some
of the more demanding ones, the Neural Engine
offers powerful machine learning like photo
searching, Face ID, and augmented reality, all on
a dedicated chip element for speed.

It’s this Neural Engine which makes Face ID
facial recognition faster than before, as well
as faster plane detection inside of augmented
reality apps, and juice for the new LiDAR sensor.
When all of this is combined with 6GB of RAM
as standard (the previous generation only

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