Apple introduced the new M4 chip yesterday and if you read the fine print, you will see that there are actually two binned versions of that chip. Not too unusual, except that for the first time both bins are available on the same device.

First, the chip. The CPU inside the Apple M4 has 4 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores, except on some iPad Pro (2024) models, one of the performance cores is disabled. For those unfamiliar with binning, it’s the oldest trick in the book – you can increase yields by picking chips with a non-fatal defect and selling them as a lower tier.

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