2018 iPad PRO will have an OctaCore Processor

Apple insists iPad Pro is the modern definition of a computer

According to anonymous sources from some of Apple's suppliers, next year's iPad Pro will have the company's first octa-core processor. All that boils down to is that a chip smaller than the 10 nm A11 in the iPhone X will pack 2 more cores (eight versus six), leading to more processing power but also more energy efficiency.

The cores will apparently be split between three high-power "Monsoon" ones and five energy-efficient "Mistral" ones, which is one more of each kind than the A11 Bionic.

Apple today has shared a new iPad Pro ad touting how it can act as a PC replacement. The Motley Fool noted in September that the high-performance cores, called "Monsoon", are 25 percent faster than the ones in last year's A10 Fusion. Will Apple finally be adding a high-performance quad-core addition for tackling the more taxing applications? As mentioned before, the octa-core chip is going to be built with a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. The new chip will purportedly debut in new iPad Pros coming in Q1 or Q2, 2018.

In addition to Face ID, the next iPad Pro models will sport almost bezel-less displays and discard Touch ID entirely, which makes sense if Face ID will be added.

The idea that the next-generation iPad Pro models would come with Face ID intensifies rumors that Apple could also be ditching the home button on its tablet series, just like what it did to the 10th anniversary iPhone. If the chipset lands then, the iPad Pro 3 presumably will follow soon after. It felt like a testing ground before Apple launched its impressive iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X this year. This seems to line up with a previous rumors suggesting the next iPad will have Face ID like the iPhone X.

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