Apple’s new A9X processors - 10-09-2015
- Apple has unveiled its biggest iPad yet, the iPad Pro, and with it, a new chip: the A9X. The third-generation 64-bit processor offers double the memory bandwidth and storage performance of the old A8X, and Apple's Phil Schiller promises that the new chip offers "desktop-class performance." Apple tends to say this every year, but that's not to say the A9X isn't a substantial step up from the A8X.
"It is faster than 80 percent of the portable PCs that shipped in the last 12 months," says Schiller. "In graphics tasks it's faster than 90 percent of them." Apple is pushing the idea that the 12.9-inch iPad will enable all sorts of new use-cases for Apple tablets, showing off AutoCAD software running on the device with "buttery 60fps smoothness" and a 3D medical app. Hopefully, this smoothness will translate into a better gaming experience as well.
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