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Rumours: 5nm A14X processor to feature in upcoming iPad Pro and first custom silicon Mac

By Kenny Yeo - on 10 Sep 2020, 9:40am

Rumours: 5nm A14X processor to feature in upcoming iPad Pro and first custom silicon Mac

(Image source: Macrumors)

Reports from The China Times and DigiTimes say that TSMC will kickstart the production of 5nm processors for Apple's upcoming custom silicon Macs in the next quarter of the year.

DigiTimes claims that monthly output will be estimated at between 5,000 and 6,000 wafers.

The chip in question is likely to be the A14X and reports say it will see action in the upcoming iPad Pro as well as in Apple's first custom silicon Mac.

In WWDC earlier this year, Apple announced that it will finally ditch Intel and transition to its own custom processors.

It believes its own chip solutions can provide better performance per watt than existing solutions – be it from Intel or AMD.

Apple believes its own processors can deliver higher performance per watt than any existing solution.

Rumours point toward a resurrection of the 12-inch MacBook. The first Mac to be powered by Apple's own chip is rumoured to have a 12-inch display and will weigh under 1kg. Battery life is expected to be in the region of 15 to 20 hours.

In addition, the A14X is expected to see action in a new iPad Pro as well. The new iPad Pro is said to feature a mini-LED display and rumours initially said it would launch this fall.

However, supply issues due to the pandemic affected production and now it is believed that Apple will seek to launch it early next year instead.

The iPad Pro was last updated early this year but it's only notable upgrade was the additional Lidar scanner.

Source: MacRumors