When we look at Apple’s hardware upgrade pattern, it’s safe to assume that the upcoming next generation models of iPhone and iPad will feature an all new A8 chip, designed by Apple and manufactured by the likes of Samsung and TSMC. Apple’s A8 chip is said to focus primarily on power efficiency with only marginal speed increase. However, this new report says otherwise.
GforGames reports, based on the claims by Chinese media, that the A8 chip will incorporate 20-nanometer architecture, as opposed to the existing 28nm A7 chip. Report claims that A8 chip could boast clock frequencies of 2.0GHz or more per clock and will remain dual core.
Current Apple A7 processor is clocked at 1.3GHz frequency per clock and is based on 28nm manufacturing process. It powers iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 with Retina display. The rumored 20n manufacturing process tech creates smaller transistors,hence results in a smaller processor chip. A smaller chip means that it’ll require lesser energy to power up and electrons will have to travel shorter distances, resulting in a faster performance.
In comparison to A7 chip that powers iPhone 5S, if iPhone 6 ends up getting an A8 chip with 2.0GHZ frequency per clock, coupled with other hardware and software improvements, it might actually become a faster smartphone than its predecessor.
The report seems a bit sketchy as it comes from the site that doesn’t have any track record at leaking information related to unreleased Apple products, so it’s advised to take it with a pinch of salt.
Samsung and TSMC are said to be splitting the production orders for Apple A8 chip. Apple is expected to unveil iPhone 6 in September alongside the public release of iOS 8.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 in September alongside the public release of iOS 8.