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A closer look at the iPad Air 2 A8X processor

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday October 14, 2014.

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The new iPad is due to launch on October 16th when Apple has a launch event in Cupertino for its tablet range. While a new iPad Mini and even an iPad Pro have been discussed, the focus is of course on the iPad Air 2, the newest version of Apple's flagship slate. We have now learned a little more about the devices processing power thanks to this image from apple.club.tw.

The snap shows the modified A8X chips that first showed up on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and there also seems to be 2GB of RAM on board. The A8 in the new iPhones is limited to 1GB of RAM, while the original iPad Air is also stuck down on 1GB of RAM. 2GB of RAM will give the iPad Air 2 even more zip and will also help to deal with the extra multitasking capabilities of iOS 8.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this new A8X is that the 2GB of RAM accompanying it would be ideal for an iPad Pro. This so called 13-inch version of the tablet would need more RAM to deal with the extra screen real estate, while extra RAM would be better for multitasking, something that would be essential for a device with "Pro" in the name.

This year Apple is reportedly adding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. It will also get the A8 processor currently found in the new iPhones and reports suggest the iPad Air 2 will be even lighter and thinner than the first model. Whether that will be enough to boost sales remains to be seen, but the iPad is still the premier tablet in the market so Apple will be looking to drive home that point at next month's launch.

source: Apple.club

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