Apple’s iPads typically use the same A-series of chipsets that the iPhone uses, except with some tweaks that make it slightly more powerful. However, it seems that in the future moving forwards, Apple’s iPads could get a massive boost in performance as they might end up using the M-series chipsets that Apple is using for their ARM-based Mac computers.
This is according to a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News who claims that Apple is expected to produce M-series chipsets that would be used by both Macs and iPads in the future. These M-series chipsets will also be of the 3nm variety, meaning that they will be even more efficient than what’s currently available.
That being said, we have to wonder what this means for the tablet lineup. As the M1 used in the current-gen MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini can also be used to run iOS apps, does this mean that in the future, iPads can also be used to run desktop class software? If so, that could be a huge game changer for the lineup.
Right now, the iPads are viewed as essentially larger versions of the iPhone. Save for some apps that are iPad only, there isn’t much that an iPad can do that an iPhone can’t. Giving it the ability to run desktop class software would certainly change that, but take this report with a grain of salt for now.