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.