For Apple’s iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, the company uses its A-series of chipsets. This has been that way for years now, but apparently with the upcoming iPad Pro refresh, that could change. This is according to a video from Mark Gurman over at Bloomberg who hinted at a processor change for the iPad Pro refresh.
According to Gurman, it seems that with the upcoming iPad Pro refresh, Apple might deviate away from the A-series chipset and will apparently introduce an M1-like chipset. He does not state specifically that it will be the M1, but it will be a chipset similar to the M1. We’re not sure if it will be based on the M1 with some slight changes, or if it will be a new lineup of chipsets entirely.
The latter might seem a bit odd since it would mean that Apple would need to juggle three different chipsets, but we’ll have to wait and see. This new chipset is said to introduce improved performance in the iPads, and could potentially allow the iPad Pro to run macOS apps in addition to iOS apps.
Apple has been slowly trying to turn the iPad Pro into a pseudo laptop for years, so this could be what helps it transition into more of a full-fledged laptop replacement.