While Android devices have been passing the 2 GHz clock speeds for some time now, Apple’s gear and its latest 64-bit A7 has been steadily hanging at the 1.3 – 1.4 GHz speeds. Rumour now has it that the company’s latest SoC, the A8, will change all of this.
It is said that Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 featuring the A8 chips will be able to reach the 2 GHz speed for the first time in the franchise’s history. There has been word that the iPad Air 2 will be available with a processing speed of 2.6 GHz, but that is to be expected since the iPad devices are the company’s ‘heavy gear’ compared to the iPhone devices.
The A8 chipset series is said to sport two cores and a 64-bit architecture as the previous A7 SoC. People might say that three, four or even eight cores are the future, as found in the Android devices, but the truth is that the extra core support is not noticeable in terms of a mobile handset’s speed. In time, as developers continue to make more and more complex mobile application, we will see the need for more than two cores on a handset. Until then, the extra cores are said to be there for ‘bragging purposes’.
The chip is said to be made by TSMC, having Apple replacing its Samsung supplier. The SoC is rumoured to be based on a 20 nm architecture, which would indicate a visible increase in performance and a decrease in power consumption compared to the current 28 nm chips. Other than that, Apple is said to release the handsets powered by the A8 chip this fall.