Goodbye A10: Apple’s next entry level iPad could get A12 chip upgrade

Goodbye A10: Apple’s next entry level iPad could get A12 chip upgrade


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Apple's next iPad could get a nifty performance boost.
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Apple’s next entry level iPad, shipping later this year, will boast an A12 chip, according to Apple leaker @L0vetodream.

While the message, posted on Twitter, is short on details, L0vetodream has previously carved out a decent track record for making Apple “predictions.”

The tweet, sent Friday, reads: “in my dream iPad 2020 A12.” Although that makes it sound more like a wishlist than a rumor, the fact that it is posted by a tipster with a track record makes it worth considering serious. The same Twitter user recently used similar wording in a tweet suggesting that a new 14-inch MacBook Pro is on the way next year.

On Thursday, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (another person with a good track record when it comes to Apple rumors) said Apple will launch a new 10.8-inch iPad during the second half of 2020. Kuo’s report was short on tech details, although he said that the iPad would offer an “affordable price tag and the adoption of fast chips” — making it sound similar to Apple’s approach with the 2020 iPhone SE.

Apple’s most recent upgrade of the base iPad, last September, kept the same A10 chip used in the previous generation. The A12 chip first appeared in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR in 2018. It is currently used by Apple for the 2019 versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini. The 2018 iPad Pro uses the A12X chip.