Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip


Apple made some big claims about the A12X during its presentation
announcing the product: that it has twice the graphics performance of
the A10X; that it has 90 percent faster multi-core performance than its
predecessor; that it matches the GPU power of the Xbox One S game
console with no fan and at a fraction of the size; that it has 1,000
times faster graphics performance than the original iPad released eight
years ago; that it’s faster than 92 percent of all portable PCs.

If you’ve read our iPad Pro
review, you know most of those claims hold up. Apple’s latest iOS
devices aren’t perfect, but even the platform’s biggest detractors
recognize that the company is leading the market when it comes to mobile
CPU and GPU performance—not by a little, but by a lot. It’s all done on
custom silicon designed within Apple—a different approach than that
taken by any mainstream Android or Windows device.

things have to be getting a little sweaty at Intel these days.

Also sweaty: Me, from extreme silicon thirst.

A RISC chip without the Intel ME is gaining market share, I’ve been wanting that for a decade straight and I’m just

Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip

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