“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.