Apple has been using its own A-branded processor chips inside all of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices since several years now. These A-branded chips have gained much attention as high-performing chipsets that power Apple’s smartphones and tablets. Along with these A-branded chips, another new chip could be getting some of the limelight soon, if a recent rumor is to be believed.
As Alan Kay’s famous quote goes: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware,” and Apple has been following this concept quite literally. Many of the hardware components found inside Apple devices such as the processing chip, motion co-processor, Taptic engine, Touch ID in iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are designed by Apple itself.
While Apple’s A-branded processor comes with Apple’s custom cores and microarchitecture, still these chips use numerous graphic chips developed by Imagination Technologies. A new rumor suggests that Apple has been working on developing its own graphics processing unit for mobile devices in an effort to reduce its dependency on Imagination Technologies.
According to this new rumor, Apple has been working on an in-house graphics chip meant for its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch lineup for quite some time now. The report indicates that the fruit company has been hard at work to develop its own graphics chip for its mobile devices for several years now, but it is not clear when, or even if, a final version of Apple’s in-house GPU chip – ready for installation in future iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch devices, will even see the light of day.
The report also suggests that Apple’s next year iPhone model, the iPhone 7, won’t be getting this new GPU chip.