Apple's new M4 silicon chip is here, and it's an AI powerhouse

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Apple has today unveiled its new Apple silicon chip, the M4, which powers its new iPad Pro

The new chip is even more power efficient than last generation's M3, while still offering plenty of power.

It has four performance cores and six efficiency cores, offering a 50% faster CPU than the M2 iPad Pro.

The 10-core GPU architecture offers dynamic caching, mesh shading, and ray tracing, all of which are hardware-accelerated. In fact, it can offer the same performance of the M2 but at half the power.

Apple, as expected, is also leaning into AI with an expanded Neural Engine. It offers a 16-core Neural Engine that's faster and more efficient than before, capable of a staggering 38 trillion operations per second - that's 60x faster than the first Neural Engine.

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Apple's M4 chip has an improved Neural Engine (Image credit: Future)

The iPad Pro is "not possible without the M4 chip", Apple said at its "Let Loose" event.

According to Apple, users will be able to isolate a subject from a background in Final Cut Pro with a single tap.

That's handy because the new Final Cut Pro 2 and Logic Pro 2 apps will leverage the power of M4 on iPad Pro.

Logic Pro 2 will offer session players that are powered by AI, for example, while Final Cut Pro 2 will offer a stem splitter.

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Lloyd Coombes

Lloyd Coombes is a freelance writer with a specialism in Apple tech. From his first, hand-me-down iMac, he’s been working with Apple products for over a decade, and while he loves his iPhone and Mac, the iPad will always have his heart for reasons he still can’t quite fathom. Since moving from blogging to writing professionally, Lloyd’s work can be found at TechRadar, Macworld, TechAdvisor and plenty more. He’s also the Editor in Chief at, and on the rare occasion he’s not writing you’ll find him spending time with his son, or working hard at the gym (while wearing an Apple Watch, naturally). You can find him on Twitter @lloydcoombes.