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Apple iPad Pro (2024): Faster chipset and 2x as much RAM

The new Apple iPad Pro (2024) comes with 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM. But there are also different versions of the M4 chipset.
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Apple introduced the new M4 chip yesterday. And if you read the fine print, you’ll notice that there are actually two binned versions of this chip. Not too unusual, except that this is the first time both bins are available on the same device. First, the chip. The CPU in the Apple M4 has 4 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores, except on some iPad Pro (2024) models. One of the performance cores is disabled. For those unfamiliar with binning, it is a relatively common practice. You can increase returns by selecting chips with a non-fatal defect and selling them as a lower tier.

Take the Apple iPhone 13 as an example – it had an A15 chipset with 4 GPU cores, while the iPhone 13 Pro had an A15 with 5 GPU cores. Then a year later the iPhone 14 came with an A15 chipset, this time with five cores enabled. But that was just a small upgrade over two different generations. The new iPad Pros are a same-generation upgrade that depends on how much storage you buy.

The Apple iPad Pro 11 (2024) and iPad Pro 13 (2024) are available with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB storage. The two smaller models have 8 GB of RAM and the two larger ones have 16 GB. This was also the case with the 2022 Pros. But this time the two smaller models also lose one of their powerful CPU cores. The whole thing is clearly reflected in the iPad Pro 2024 prices, which make a significant jump upwards from 512 GB to 1 TB.

M4 – iPadOS or macOS

Whether or not you actually feel a performance difference is another question. First, both versions of the M4 chip have 10 core GPUs, plus both deliver a whopping 38 TOPS of AI computing power. Finally, the new Apple iPad Pro models have a storage bandwidth of 120 GB/s. Regardless of whether you have 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM.

Furthermore, iPadOS is not macOS – the previous Pro models hardly ever lived up to their full potential on the M1 and M2. However, you should notice the improved power efficiency of the Apple iPad Pro (2024). By the way, the M4 is manufactured on a new TSMC N3E node, while the M3 series ran on an N3B node. This shift, along with the number of iPad Pros Apple is expected to sell, could be the reason for the necessary increase in chip yield.

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