Apple Unveils A6 Processor In New iPhone 5, 2X Faster Than A5 [iPhone 5 Event]

Apple Unveils A6 Processor In New iPhone 5, 2X Faster Than A5 [iPhone 5 Event]

Following the announcement that the iPhone 5 features LTE networking, Apple’s Phil Schiller unveiled the phone’s new A6 processor. According to Schiller, the A6 chip is 2x faster than the previous A5 in both CPU and GPU computing.

“It’s a huge jump in performance, but 22% smaller,” noted Schiller.

Per tradition, Apple invited EA onstage to demo the upcoming Real Racing 3 game on the iPhone 5’s A6 chip. EA explained how the A6 allows for “”full console quality” gaming on a mobile device.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    You know, for the past couple of weeks, I was so afraid of the iPhone 5 getting the A5X, but now that I’ve seen the A6, I kind of wish the iPhone had the A5X instead. It’s all speculation, but it looks like the iPhone 5 is using the same dual-core cortex A9 CPU, just clocked higher and the same PowerVR SGX543MP2, again, just clocked higher.

    This isn’t a real A6, this is like an A5x (little x) or A5.5. I’m glad to see the performance boosts and everything, it’s just that I think dual-core A15’s would have went a long way with efficiency and power. Who knows, maybe the A6 does use the A15, but we’re completely in the dark, which usually means Apple doesn’t want you to know. This was the most underwhelming SoC introduction since the A5X.

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