Apple is aiming for 6 cores in A10 processor


If you think the A9 processor is fast, wait 'til you see the A10.
If you think the A9 processor is fast, wait 'til you see the A10.
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The iPhone 6s is the fastest smartphone on the planet, but according to a new rumor, Apple is planning to make a huge leap with its A10 processor in the iPhone 7 that will turn the device into an unbelievable speed machine.

It seems a bit early to start talking about the iPhone 7’s processor when the 6s hasn’t even gone on sale yet, however, the Apple rumor mill has spit out a rumor claiming Apple’s A10 processor will boast 6 cores.

The next generation A10 architecture will focus on development of multi-threading, reports one source close to Apple’s supply chain in China. The new chips will be manufactured at a 10nm or 14nm process, with Samsung and TSMC competing for the huge order Apple will place for the chips next year. Intel might also make a bid to manufacture the chips, which would be a first if they actually get the contract.

Fans should still take the A10 6-core rumor with a grain of salt though according to Apple expert Ben Bajarin, who tweeted that it’s more likely that Apple would invest in GPU improvements, rather than tossing in 6 cores, which are needless.

The source of the rumor posted his tip on the Chinese site Weibo today, and has given numerous correct leaks on next-gen chipsets in the past. GforGames points out that most of what their A9 scoops turned out to be true. A lot can change between now and the iPhone 7 unveiling in Fall 2016 though.


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