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  • Apple's A8 Chip to Reportedly Remain Dual-core, May Clock Faster than 2.0Ghz


    Apple's next-generation chip, which is expected to be the A8 chip and will ship in the iPhone 6 and other new devices Apple has planned, is reportedly going to remain a dual-core chip, but will see improvements to processing clock speeds. MacRumors reports that the clock speeds could be boosted to up to 2.0Ghz or more per core, which would offer a significant performance boost from the A7 chip.

    Notably, the A8 chip would also remain with a 64-bit architecture like the A7 chip.

    The current generation chip in Apple's devices is the 64-bit dual-core A7 chip, which is clocked at 1.3Ghz per core in the iPhone 5s and iPad Mini with retina display, but clocked at 1.4Ghz per core in the iPad Air, but future chips will see even further improvements.

    The speed boosts would not only be seen in processing benchmarks, but also in GPU performance, as Apple has a track record of beefing up graphics performance with each new device. The change in clock speeds will be necessary for Apple's latest devices, as the iOS operating system becomes more complex and requires more processing power. It also becomes necessary to power any new hardware that may be introduced.

    As we reported last month, TSMC is expected to aid Apple in producing A8 chips for the Cupertino-based company's next line of iOS devices. Currently, only Samsung is producing chips for Apple's modern iOS devices.

    Sources: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's A8 Chip to Reportedly Remain Dual-core, May Clock Faster than 2.0Ghz started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Hmm 2ghz per core would be a lot better but idk if it would be better than quad core. Hopefully this rumor is false.
    1. RandyTG's Avatar
      RandyTG -
      Apple has proven in the past that they can beat quad-core processors found in competing phones with their own dual-core processors because Apple designs the software and the hardware for optimal performance. Versus the competition designing hardware, using someone else's chips and then drop Android on it.
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Quote Originally Posted by RandyTG View Post
      Apple has proven in the past that they can beat quad-core processors found in competing phones with their own dual-core processors because Apple designs the software and the hardware for optimal performance. Versus the competition designing hardware, using someone else's chips and then drop Android on it.
      True. If they developed a quad core it would blow everything out of the water. They need to raise the bar, not just screen size.


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    1. aceestes's Avatar
      aceestes -
      There is little purpose for a quad core chip in a phone. An iPad maybe because running apps simultaneously wouldn't be uncommon but even then most apps never use more than a single core. Graphics are handled on a separate chip and motion on another. People tend to like bigger numbers without actually knowing what they mean which is precisely why apples dual core is performing along side quads.
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Agreed. But what I'm saying is that Apples quad core in theory would be crazy fast and others would be struggling to catch up. They'd prolly start octacore as standard for FAILdroid


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      Also my iPhone 5 has a steady 278-350mb of free ram at most times. My iPad mini ret has at least 1345 mb of free ram. We'll I guess that because of 64bit architecture...


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    1. SpidermanAPV's Avatar
      SpidermanAPV -
      If Apple releases a quad core CPU, an iPhone would have more processing power than my computer. Is that impressive for a phone or does it just say how bad my computer is?
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      If Apple releases a quad core CPU, an iPhone would have more processing power than my computer. Is that impressive for a phone or does it just say how bad my computer is?
      Hah! It seems like any computer that isn't quad core is slow.


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    1. qumahlin's Avatar
      qumahlin -
      Quote Originally Posted by hopethemodworx View Post
      Hmm 2ghz per core would be a lot better but idk if it would be better than quad core. Hopefully this rumor is false.
      People don't seem to realize that most mobile apps do not take advantage of quad cores. Even a ton of desktop software is not designed to efficiently utilize multi threading across more than 2 cores. Hence why the amd hexacores aren't what you see people clamorimg to buy.