Leaked Photo Shows A8X Chip in New iPad Air

Several weeks ago, rumors emerged that a beefed up A8 processor, the A8X, would power the iPad Pro, a 12.9" Retina display tablet expected to debut sometime in early 2015. Now a leaked photo has surfaced of a purported logic board for the next generation iPad Air sporting an A8X, suggesting we may see the new chip sooner than expected.

iPad Air 2 may have A8X chip

The photo, which was leaked by Apple.club.tw on Monday, not only shows an A8X processor, but what appears to be a 2GB Elpida RAM module as well. There has been speculation about the RAM upgrade, as there have been rumors that the new tablet will have split-screen multitasking functionality, which would require some extra horsepower. We'll know soon enough, as Apple is expected to unveil the new iPad Air at a media event this Thursday, October 16th.

Aside from the above, the iPad Air 2 will likely be equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and possibly a higher resolution display. It may also upgrade from a 5 to 8 megapixel camera, which the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are equipped with.

The event is set to take place at the Town Hall Auditorium on Apple's Cupertino campus, starting at 10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT. It will be live streamed on Apple's site.

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