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The Apple A12Z Bionic processor is a renamed version of the A12X Bionic with the optional GPU core activated

16.04.2020 0 Comments

The Apple A12Z Bionic processor is a renamed version of the A12X Bionic with the optional GPU core activated


According to the resource wccftech, Apple did not develop a new processor for its new iPad Pro tablet in the 2020 model range. In fact, the device received almost the same chip as the 2018 model, there are differences, but they are insignificant.

AnTuTu and Geekbench tests showed that the A12Z Bionic and A12X Bionic processors are almost identical. Even the name of the chips, which differs in only one letter, hints at the similarity. And according to new data, the A12Z Bionic processor is actually a modification of the A12X Bionic with one additional GPU core. We add that 8 graphic cores are available in the A12X Bionic processor, but one of them is deactivated, which provides a 7-core configuration. Thus, the A12Z Bionic processor appeared as a result of the activation of one disabled kernel. There can be several explanations for this step. One of them is Apple’s reluctance to spend considerable resources on developing a completely new processor.


If you look at the differences between the iPad Pro tablets of the 2020 and 2018 families, they will not be very noticeable. In fact, the innovations are only in increased up to 6 GB of RAM for all versions (and not just in the top one with a 1 TB drive, as was the case in iPad Pro 2018) and the use of a dual camera with a LiDAR sensor.

Probably more significant innovations should appear already in the next generation iPad Pro, which is expected closer to the end of this year. It can be assumed that the company will equip the next version of the tablet with the A14X Bionic processor, manufactured according to the standards of the 5-nanometer process, and add 5G communication support.

Source: wccftech

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