Apple is reportedly planning to skip the M3 chipset for the new iPad Pro and instead opt for the upcoming artificial intelligence (AI)-powered M4. It hasn’t even been a year since the Cupertino-based tech giant introduced the M3 chipset family and added it to its iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. However, a report claims that the company may end its chipset path in favor of the M4 chipset with a new more powerful Neural engine that will boost its AI vision.

According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his Power On newsletter, Apple may introduce M4 iPad Pro power supplies at its “Let Loose” event on May 7. The report further highlights that the unannounced processor could be equipped with a new neural engine that will give it enough power to perform calculations for AI functions. The company is also said to tout the device as “the first truly AI-powered device.”

It is believed that the new iPad Pro will receive a significant improvement this year. It’s rumored to feature an OLED display, thinner bezels and come in “glossy and matte screen versions.” It may also support MagSafe wireless charging support. For optics, it may get an updated rear camera module and a landscape-oriented front camera. A new Apple Pencil is also expected to be unveiled at Apple’s event, which will likely be designed as an accessory for the iPad Pro.

Chipset integration won’t end with the iPad Pro. An earlier report highlighted that Apple could refresh its entire Mac lineup, starting with the Mac mini, with the M4 chipset. The model is expected to launch either in late 2024 or early 2025. The tech giant could then introduce other Mac models with the M4 chip in 2025 and beyond. Gurman also emphasized that starting with the iPad Pro, Apple will likely present all of its products as an AI device.

Gurman also reported that Apple may brand the A18 chipset expected to feature in the iPhone 16 Pro models as AI-driven. This claim would also be confirmed with multiple reports highlighting the company’s plans to introduce AI features through iOS 18. Based on the reports, it looks like the Cupertino-based company is gearing up to go all out in the AI ​​race.

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