iPad Pro 2019 – Performance
The iPad Pro 2019 will almost certainly run on a variant of the A13 Bionic, which is the name of the powerful chip that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro both run on. The A13 Bionic is an update on the A12 Bionic that powered the iPhone XS. Last year’s iPad Pro, meanwhile, ran the A12X − which was a souped-up version of the A12.
The A13 Bionic uses the second generation of Apple’s 7nm process, which packs 8.5 billion transistors onto each chip (up from the 6.9 billion transistors of the A12 Bionic). It features 18 cores: six-core CPU, four-core GPU, and an eight-core Neural Engine processor, which is dedicated to handling on-board machine learning processes.
Four of the six cores on the CPU are low-powered, dedicated to handling basic operations, while two bigger performance cores won’t kick in until you’re doing something a lot more taxing.
However, along with powering basic functionality, the chip allows for special features on the latest range of iPhones, including 4K video capture at 60fps, “slofies” and Smart HDR functionality.
iPad Pro 2019 – Design and display
Apple completely ripped up its iPad design book for the iPad Pro 2018, with new squared-off edges, significantly reduced bezels, and the omission of the classic home button; the screen sizes even increased to 11-inches and 12.9-inches.
Most significantly of all, the proprietary Lightning port was replaced with the widely-compatible USB-C.
As the refreshed design was so well-received, we’re expecting the next iPad Pro to look more or less the same as last year’s efforts. Naturally, that would mean the display sizes will match the previous models.
We’re not holding our breath for a switch to OLED technology either. Apple made a lot of noise about the latest iPad Pro generation having super-responsive 120Hz display technology, and that’s something that can’t be achieved quite so easily with OLED.
Instead, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that a switch to next-gen Mini-LED technology is in the offing. Mini-LEDs are expected to allow Apple to create thinner and lighter products without compromising on colour, contrast and HDR performance.
Along with the design benefits, Apple is reportedly turning to the technology to rely less on Samsung for its product displays – the Mini-LED display panel production will reportedly be led by LG Display – and avoid the negative effects of burn-in on LED screens.