Apple’s next-gen 64-bit A8 processor said to top 2 GHz, remain dual-core

“Besides a larger display, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 also may feature a faster A8 processor that pushes the system-on-a-chip beyond the 2.0 GHz threshold, claims GforGames citing Chinese media source cnBeta,” Kelly Hodgkins reports for MacRumors.

“According to the latest information, Apple will reportedly increase the CPU frequency of its next-generation SoC to 2.0 GHz or higher per core, up from the 1.3 GHz (iPhone 5s and Retina iPad mini) or 1.4 GHz (iPad Air) of the A7 processor,” Hodgkins reports. “The chip will keep the 64-bit, dual-core architecture of the current generation A7 CPU, but will be manufactured with a 20-nm process instead of the A7’s 28-nm.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple will go quad-core when Apple needs to go quad-core. Apple is the only company who can optimize their OS for their processors and vice versa. The benefits (battery life, speed, Metal, Swift, etc.) that only Apple possesses, that no other company can match with off-the-shelf OSes and off-the-shelf processors, will only become more pronounced over time.

8 Comments

  1. Considering how soundly the iPhone 5s trounced the competition (http://anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review) with a 1.3 GHz dual core SoC while the trouncees were using higher clocked quad core SoCs, I have no doubt a 2.0 GHz dual core A8 will keep the competition ay bay.

    It makes a difference when the same company designs the OS, hardware (especially the SoC) and core software. It’s easier to build in efficiency.

    Buying an off the shelf SoC, building some hardware around it and putting a third company’s OS on the lot is less than an ideal solution, but it is the cheapest.

  2. It is already apparent to the general tech savy community. But, to the consumer side it has to be explained numerious times before many will under stand – much as the Power Series chip was compared to Intels Pentium Chips.

    1. True. You can buy a quad core laptop with turbo boost BS for $700 bucks or less and that thing is slow as molasses. A 2008 MBP can crunch video at almost the same speed as that new quad core BS. But hey that feature description sounds really powerful, fast and awesome compared to a new MacBook today.

  3. Quad core is great for multithreaded apps that need to crank through large amounts of data. The apps on the iPhone and iPad are not those (for the most part). Leave quad core to the desktop for now.

  4. Setting aside all the fun of watching Apple technology trounce the lame wannabes…

    I’m officially now psyched for the iPhone 6. This CPU is going to be incredible. The future leaps forward once again. 😀

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