iPad Air 2 may feature enhanced A8X processor

A leaked component suggests that Apple’s next full-sized tablet will run on an enhanced version of the A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

One of our stated wishes for the iPad Air 2 was that it would see Apple returning to using a souped up version of its current iPhone processor for the subsequent iPad refresh.

It seems as if we’ll be getting our wish, according to a leaked iPad Air 2 logic board reported over on the Apple.club.tw blog.

Both the iPad 3 and the iPad 4 ran on ‘X’ versions of the A5 and A6 chips found in the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 respectively. This accompanied the introduction of Retina display resolutions to the iPad range, which meant that the tablets were pushing around¬† far more pixels than their iPhone equivalents, thus necessitating more processing power.

However, last year’s iPad Air – while a major advance in most ways – ditched the X trend and went with the exact same A7 chips as powered the iPhone 5S.

This supposedly leaked logic board points to a return to previous ways, with a visibly enhanced version of the A8 chip. It could represent improved memory and GPU performance, as in previous X iterations, as well as a boosted clock speed.

It’s been suggested previously that Apple will fit the iPad Air 2 with 2GB of RAM, which is double that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

These internal spec boosts might reflect reports that iOS 8.1 will add new iPad-specific features. A split-screen multitasking mode has been spotted in previous beta versions of iOS 8, and such a mode would place additional demands on Apple’s hardware.

We’ll find out for sure on Thursday, when Apple has an event planned to launch its new iPad(s).

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