It is rumored that Apple has a new iPad Pro at the factory that will have an upgraded “A14X” chip, and signs of the upcoming chip have been found in the fifth iOS 14.5 beta that was released this morning.
According to 9to5Mac, beta mentions a GPU from a chip referred to as “13G”, which does not match the chips used by available iOS devices.
Previous naming schemes found in iOS suggest that the 13G reference is A14X, a variant of the A14 Bionic chip used in iOS devices. MacRumors contributor Steve Moser also found direct reviews of the A14X GPU in the beta, and there are new code names that are likely for unreleased iPads: J517, J518, J522 and J523.
9to5Mac says that the A14X is based on the T8103, the code name for the M1 chip used in Apple Silicon Macs. Bloomberg earlier this month said the A14X chip would be “on par” with M1 in terms of speed.
Apple is expected to release new iPad Pro models as soon as April. Rumor has it that the updated tablets may include Thunderbolt connectivity, improved camera technology, fewer speaker holes and a mini-LED screen for the 12.9-inch model.