“According to a rumor, Apple’s next processor should bear the name ‘A10’ and it may come with as much as six-cores,” Vanja Kljaic reports for VR. “It would be manufactured using a 14 nanometer production process and it would be produced by either Samsung in Texas or TMSC in Taiwan. Original rumor mentioned 10nm process node, but that just goes to show that original source should be taken with a kilogram of sea salt… These two companies would be competing for orders, the Weibo source said.”
“Their devices currently run on chips with a dual-core setup. This means that with this six-core rumor, the leap would simply be a major one for the device maker. It would also mean that the addition of four more cores would greatly impact battery life,” Kljaic writes. “Their focus has always been on performance, speed and usability, something that requires tried and tested hardware installed in the devices. While Apple may explore hyperthreading or some other, performance increasing options, the addition of more processor cores seems unlikely. For now. We may see a quad-core solution coming up in the forthcoming years, but going further than that would require a major shift within their goals.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Seems specious.