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iPhone 6 A8 Processor to be Apple’s Most Powerful Chip Yet, Says Report

by Sean P. Aune | July 11, 2014July 11, 2014 10:00 am PST


Potential specs for the iPhone 6 A8 chip have surfaced, and it looks like Apple will be upping its game at least a little bit.

According to a new rumor out of China from cnBeta, Apple’s A8 processor is will see a significant speed bump over the A7 chip that powered the iPhone 5s, iPad mini with Retina and iPad Air. The A7 runs at 1.3GHz on the iPhone 5s and mini, while the iPad Air enjoyed a slight bump up to 1.4GHz. According to this new report, the A8 will be running at 2GHz or more per core.

What won’t be changing, however, is Apple is said to be sticking with the 64-bit dual-core architecture that it introduced with the A7. While that may sound like small potatoes in a mobile landscape dominated by quad-core Android phones, speed of the system is not a complaint you often hear from iPhone users.

It is believed that the A8 will be manufactured with a 20-nanometer process as opposed to the 28-nanometer that was used for the A7. Both Samsung and TSMC are believed to already be working on the new chip with delivers supposedly on their way to Foxconn’s plants.

Apple refreshes its processors on a regular basis, so the rumor that the A8 will power the iPhone 6 is definitely not a surprise. As to the specific specs such as speed, that will only be known once the phones are in the hands of consumers as Apple never reveals details such as the clock speed. With rumors of a September launch, we don’t have too much longer to wait to find out.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...