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  • Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Powered by New A8 Chip, New Specs Inside!


    Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come with a new chip called the A8 chip. As expected, the new chip will out-perform any iPhone to date. Apple's Phillip Schiller took the stage at Apple's September 9th event to explain more.

    Apple notes that the A8 chip is more than 50x faster than the original iPhone, and that the graphics performance, mated with Metal, is more than 84x faster than the original iPhone:



    Apple's A8 chip will be much more efficient at playing high-frame rate games with intense graphics.

    Also, compared to the iPhone 5s, the A8 chip is 25% faster with processing power and 50% faster with graphics. In terms of battery performance, the A8 chip uses 50% of the energy, making it much more energy efficient than Apple's A7 chip.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Powered by New A8 Chip, New Specs Inside! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Am I correct in discerning that there is no power difference between the 6 and the 6+…? Only difference is size and 1080P video versus 720P?
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      roflmfao, are they really comparing a new product to one that is nearly 8 yrs old.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by bry2k2 View Post
      roflmfao, are they really comparing a new product to one that is nearly 8 yrs old.
      yeah that was a big stretch for me too. But it's 25% faster than the A7 That's pretty profound.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bry2k2 View Post
      roflmfao, are they really comparing a new product to one that is nearly 8 yrs old.
      Yeah, they've been doing that since the 5s, maybe the 5?

      It inflates the numbers to make them look better.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Am I correct in discerning that there is no power difference between the 6 and the 6+…? Only difference is size and 1080P video versus 720P?
      From what I've read, the 6 plus has 2GB of RAM whereas the regular 6 has 1 GB of RAM.

      I think right around a 5 inch screen is perfect for a phone. 5.5 is a too big, though I'm sure I could get used to it. I'd much rather have the 6 plus since it has more RAM and a better battery. The 1810 mAh battery for the 6 seems like it won't last very long. Hopefully I'm wrong. I think the 2800 mAh battery for the 6 plus will do alright but still might be underpowered.
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Why do they compare all the new models to the original,that's no longer relevant. Compare to the outgoing model to show us real gains over the last gen product.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by hopethemodworx View Post
      Why do they compare all the new models to the original,that's no longer relevant. Compare to the outgoing model to show us real gains over the last gen product.
      They do it to make the graphs look better. It's a sales pitch.
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Understood. It was more of statement than a question I guess
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by hopethemodworx View Post
      Understood. It was more of statement than a question I guess
      The actual improvement over the 5s isn't as impressive as upgrades have been in the past. 25% faster wouldn't have really looked good in the Keynote lol.
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      The actual improvement over the 5s isn't as impressive as upgrades have been in the past. 25% faster wouldn't have really looked good in the Keynote lol.
      Lol true...
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      From what I've read, the 6 plus has 2GB of RAM whereas the regular 6 has 1 GB of RAM.
      Nope. No increase in ram at all this time. But we don't need it. 1GB of RAM is plenty if they fixed the terrible dynamic ram allocation problems of iOS 7 in iOS 8.

      Only difference in the 6+ is 1080 P video over 720 P video.
    1. jigar7's Avatar
      jigar7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bry2k2 View Post
      roflmfao, are they really comparing a new product to one that is nearly 8 yrs old.
      Yeah... I love the way Apple markets their stuff... I'm sure there'll be many f**ks who'll go like "WOW!!! DUDE! DID YOU HEAR THAT... 50% FASTER! Definitely getting myself one!"
      To put things into perspective... they sell Lamborginis with a Fiat engine under the hood!
      What people aren't realizing is that Apple is slowly going downhill in the field of innovation... no camera update... still on 8MP... bad iPhone/Apple Watch design... the Apple watch has great functionality... but I think they should fire people in the designing & concept department...
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by jigar7 View Post
      What people aren't realizing is that Apple is slowly going downhill in the field of innovation... no camera update... still on 8MP... .
      Though I do somewhat agree with your opening statement there that Apple needs to really put it into high gear on the innovation thing as they have been playing catch-up these last two years… The example you gave in the second part of your statement there is off by a mile. You need to get some education on that, my friend… The larger the megapixels of a camera does not the better camera make. It's the software and other supporting hardware structures that make this camera in the iPhone 6 almost 10 times better than any of the other camera technologies out there in the SamSuck world. Do a little reading and get yourself educated before you make statements like that, please…

      Better examples of Apple being slow on innovation would be:
      1) just now playing catch up on the iPhone larger screen thing… and then..
      2) .. in, only now, bringing a smart watch to the market after other companies have had one out for a couple years.

      Apple also by this time should have a combo tablet/laptop. Apple not having been the first to the market on that one is absolute proof that Steve Jobs is dead and no one like him is leading Apple.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Nope. No increase in ram at all this time. But we don't need it. 1GB of RAM is plenty if they fixed the terrible dynamic ram allocation problems of iOS 7 in iOS 8.

      Only difference in the 6+ is 1080 P video over 720 P video.
      I've seen two sources that claim 2 GB of RAM for the 6 Plus. If that's true, it does seem a bit excessive. 1GB should be fine.

      Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Full phone specifications
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      I've seen two sources that claim 2 GB of RAM for the 6 Plus. If that's true, it does seem a bit excessive. 1GB should be fine.

      Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Full phone specifications
      What say you? Excessive? But all my android friends told me I needed AT LEAST two GB to run more than Angry Birds.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      I've seen two sources that claim 2 GB of RAM for the 6 Plus. If that's true, it does seem a bit excessive. 1GB should be fine.

      Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Full phone specifications
      Hey.. I doubt that article is right.. but even if it is.. It's not THEE reason to choose the 6 plus.. You'll never touch anywhere near that second GB of ram.. Just a gimmick to try and 'keep up'.. with what the public THINKS they need..
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Having a hard time making up my mind on which I want. I prefer the size of the 6, but some of the specs I want from the plus like the resolution, better camera and battery. 5.5" is so damn big though lol.
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      What say you? Excessive? But all my android friends told me I needed AT LEAST two GB to run more than Angry Birds.
      That's cus it's android. It's not optimized to run perfectly on whatever phone it's installed on. Geek bench tests will show that 1gb ram on the new iPhone 6 will be even with if not surpass the android phones that have 2 or more gigs of ram.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by hopethemodworx View Post
      That's cus it's android. It's not optimized to run perfectly on whatever phone it's installed on. Geek bench tests will show that 1gb ram on the new iPhone 6 will be even with if not surpass the android phones that have 2 or more gigs of ram.
      Exactly. Though I understand the marketing necessity, even for Apple, to occasionally meet the "more, bigger" insistence from the masses… most people really have no idea how these more and bigger things interact with each other. The masses are woefully uneducated technically. Still blows my mind when I hear people confidently exclaim "more megapixels equals better camera". Soo incorrect once you get past about 5 megapixels.
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Exactly. Though I understand the marketing necessity, even for Apple, to occasionally meet the "more, bigger" insistence from the masses… most people really have no idea how these more and bigger things interact with each other. The masses are woefully uneducated technically. Still blows my mind when I hear people confidently exclaim "more megapixels equals better camera". Soo incorrect once you get past about 5 megapixels.
      True. It all depends on the optics and sensor size.