Schematic said to reveal Apple’s next-gen M8 ‘Phosphorus’ coprocessor

“iPhone 5s comes with an additional chip named M7 which processes data from the smartphone’s sensors (including the accelerometer, the compass and the gyroscope) and then passes it along to the A7 CPU,” Mihai Matei reports for G 4 Games.

“This year’s iPhone 6 on the other hand should arrive with a new A8 processor, and based on the latest leak, the said chip will be accompanied by a new coprocessor known as ‘Phosphorus,'” Matei reports. “Allegedly, the chip will have the same responsibilities as the M7 CPU, but given the wider functionality of the new HealthKit, it will also be responsible for collecting and processing new types of health-related data.”

Read more, and see the schematic, in the full article here.


  1. Comment on original article:

    Henrik Wannheden • 2 hours ago
    The Phosphorus chip is a barometric sensor from Bosch, the designation on the diagram says as much; BMP282. The “Oscar” that’s referred to on the left on the diagram is the codename of the M7 chip, so I guess they won’t update that for the iPhone 6.

  2. On another note, I think we should stop using the term “on steroids” to describe chips that do more than their predecessor. Especially in relation to Health Kit. Everyone knows that steroid use is never a particularly good thing. Medically, it is used sparingly as needed, and has long term detriments related to it.

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