Do you think we’ll see the M series chip in iPads one day?

Discussion in 'General Game Discussion and Questions' started by JasonLL, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. JasonLL

    JasonLL Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2014
    Hi all. Do you think we’ll see the M series of chip migrate over to the iPad in the future or do you think Apple will stick with the A series for both phones and tablets?

    Personally I think there’s a 50/50 chance a couple of years from now since Apple likes to tout the flexibility of their tablets. But I’m no Apple (or tech) expert and I would like to hear everyone else’s thoughts.
  2. squarezero

    squarezero Moderator
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    Dec 10, 2008
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    That’s a good question. The M chip is essentially an evolution of the A chips on iOS devices — that’s why the new Macs can run iOS apps. And the new MacBook Airs have the same M chips as the Pros but throttled for better battery life and no fans. Could Apple turn the iPad Pros into MacBooks without keyboards? Throttled even further for better energy consumption? Maybe. But they could also continue the parallel evolution of the M and A chips. I can see good arguments for both approaches.
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  3. thenewandy

    thenewandy Member

    Dec 23, 2020
    I think the answer will be no. I suspect the stuff that will make an M chip an M chip might not be so relevant for iDevices (e.g. I don't think people will need or want virtualization support). I do think that the performance of the M chip series will be in the A series though.

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