Apple's A12Z Bionic chip could be a re-binned A12X

by AppleInsider

AppleInsider— Apple introduced the A12Z Bionic as a brand new processor with the launch of iPad Pro, but a new report claims the system-on-chip is simply a rebadged A12X that activates a previously disabled GPU core.

@macrumors—A12Z Bionic Chip in iPad Pro Allegedly a Renamed A12X With Extra GPU Core Enabled. Apple's new 2020 iPad Pro models are equipped with an A12Z Bionic processor that's remarkably similar to the A12X chip in the 2018 ‌iPad Pro‌ models, offering little in the way of performance improvements. The A12Z does, however, feature an 8-core GPU while the A12X includes a 7-core GPU, which sets them apart, but new evidence shared by NotebookCheck suggests that the A12Z Bionic is simply a renamed A12X chip with a latent GPU core enabled. According to NotebookCheck, teardown site...

VentureBeat—Apple’s odd A12Z chip may hint at late 2020 iPad Pros with A14X and 5G. Apple typically doesn't release flagship iPads without touting major jumps in chip performance, and that may be a red flag for the 2020 iPad Pro.

9to5Mac—Report claims new iPad Pro's A12Z Bionic chip is just a 'renamed A12X with an enabled GPU core'. Early benchmarks and reviews of the 2020 iPad Pro have indicated that performance is only marginally better than the 2018 iPad Pro. This year’s model features a new A12Z Bionic processor, but early indications from Notebook Check suggest there are minimal physical differences compared to the 2018 iPad Pro’s A12X Bionic processor. In its press