Here’s Apple’s new M4 chip

Found in the iPad Pro, it has a 10-core CPU (4 performance and 6 efficiency) and a GPU that also has 10 cores.

Apple has updated its tablet offering and also introduced a new system-on-chip. With the launch of the new 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro, the Cupertino giant is introducing the M4.

This chip has been manufactured using second-generation 3 nanometre technology. It has 28 billion transistors and, while boosting energy efficiency, it also boosts the design side. Its display engine helps improve accuracy, colour and brightness levels on iPad Pro with Ultra Retina XDR.

“The M4’s highly efficient performance and new display engine enable iPad Pro’s thin design and revolutionary display, while significant improvements to the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine and memory system make the M4 extremely well-suited for the latest AI-based applications,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

“As a result, the new chip makes iPad Pro the most powerful device in its class,” he said. Apple is introducing its new tablet as “a perfect example of how making the best chips in-house can create revolutionary products”.

M4 features a CPU with up to 10 cores, reaching 4 cores for performance and 6 for efficiency. Its GPU, based on the M3 chip architecture, also has 10 cores and introduces hardware-accelerated dynamic caching, ray tracing and mesh shading for the first time on iPad.

The Neural Engine on this chip performs up to 38 trillion operations per second, which means it runs about 60 times faster than the first Neural Engine on the A11 Bionic chip.