Apple’s 2.0 GHz A8 processor will leave the A7 in the dust

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The rumormill is reaching a fever pitch when it comes to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, and one of the hottest new reports concerns the handset’s alleged A8 chip.

While we’ve been seeing a new A-series processor each year, there’s still been no definite confirmation that Apple plans to include the A8 chip in its next generation devices, especially since developers have yet to push the A7 to its limits.

With that being said, the Chinese media is claiming that the A8 will not only happen, but that it will blow the current A7 out of the water: boasting frequencies of 2.0 GHz or more per core (compared to the 1.3Ghz A7 SoC found in the iPhone 5s and Retina iPad mini, or the 1.4 GHz found in the iPad Air).

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard numbers like this. Renowned Apple leaker Sonny Dickson has thrown out figures as high as 2.6 GHz for the A8 in the past.

While many people were expecting the next-gen processor to feature more than two cores, however, the Chinese media report also states that the A8 will continue to use the 64-bit dual,-core architecture, and will be constructed using the 20nm process.

If true, this makes the iPhone 6 (and future iPad models) even more exciting. Yesterday we reported that Apple is reportedly expecting to sell an unprecedented number of the iPhone 6: with an alleged order to manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron twice that of the iPhone 5. On the chipset front, while Samsung and TSMC are reportedly Apple’s main chip suppliers for the company’s upcoming iOS devices, TSMC is supposedly gradually taking over from Samsung in this role.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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