Yesterday inside sources told the Japanese blog Mac Otakara that Apple plans to release 3 iPad models in 2017, and today the Chinese social network Weibo posted alleged benchmark scores for the rumored A10X chips that will power all 3 tablets. All iPad models ship with a more powerful version of Apple's latest processor. For example, the iPhone 6s is equipped with an A9 chip, and the current iPad Pro model is powered buy the faster A9X.
According to iDownloadblog, the alleged synthetic GeekBench 4 benchmark scores showed that the A10X "appears to be 34 percent faster in single-core tests and 27.4 percent faster in multi-core than the iPad Pro’s A9x chip." The test also showed that the A10X is 21.9 percent faster in single-core performance than the current iPhone 7 model.
While these benchmarks can easily be faked, there is no reason to assume that the next-generation iPad models won't be faster than their predecessors and current iPhone models.
Apple is expected to release 3 new iPad Pro models in spring 2017. This will include a new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models, according to recent rumors. The last iPad model was released on March 31, 2016.