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Alleged Apple iPhone 6 system chip, the Apple A8, leaks out in picture

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The system chip that is expected to power the new Apple iPhone 6, a piece of silicon often referred to as the Apple A8, has leaked out in an image obtained by French publication NoWhereElse.

The Apple A8 is pictured alongside the dated Apple A5, and one can clearly see how much larger the new chip is in comparison. Interestingly, the A5 itself was one of the biggest Apple chips we've seen so far, and Apple actually shrunk the footprint of its chips in the A6 and A7. The A5 measures around 122.2 mm2, while the latest A7 features a smaller, 102 mm2 size (thanks, brrunopt!). Such an increase in size could mean that Apple could have gone from the dual-core chip they are using currently to a quad-core one. Keep in mind, though, that this is still an unconfirmed leak, so we would not take all this info as set in stone.

Apart from that, there is little one can tell by just looking at the picture. We do, however, know that Apple has started making its own custom processors with the iPhone 5 (that featured the Cyclone processor), improved on it in the iPhone 5s (with the Swift processor), and we can expect a further improvement in the processor inside this Apple A8. Starting with the iPhone 5s, Apple also took the lead by making the chip 64-bit compatible, ahead of other platforms.

Alleged Apple iPhone 6 system chip, the Apple A8, leaks out in picture

source: NoWhereElse

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posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:39 15

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yeah I was definitely expecting more from this leak. Waste of a minute from my life.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:44 5

2. na7noo7 (Posts: 270; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


1st time I agree with you.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 08:01

4. BlueGoldAce (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


Agreed...I could paint the letters A and 5 or 8 on a black square/rectangle as well.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 15:04

15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3630; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


But this leak on Macrumors is quite interesting:

A8 Chip From 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Appears to Carry 1 GB of RAM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1769821

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:50 1

3. brrunopt (Posts: 545; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


that means it will a LOT bigger than the A7 , theres a good possibility its a quadcore (either that or 2 HUGE cores) . And due to the monstrous size should have fairly low clocks

A5 - 122.2 mm^2
A7 - 102 mm^2

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:06

6. AfterShock (Posts: 2904; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Why do they need Quad cores?

Is it choking down, or a sign of those on older phones looking at becoming very obsolete?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:27

10. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1040; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Or it could be an increase in the GPU, wich takes a lot more space than CPU.
I would bet for 2 cyclone (modified) cores + beefier GPU

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:49

11. brrunopt (Posts: 545; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Maybe .. the A7 uses a G6430 (4 clusters) , they could change for the G6630 (6 clusters) ;
but i'm not sure if the phone version would be able to handle such power consumption and heat (maybe with a big underclock)

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:58

12. AfterShock (Posts: 2904; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Bigger footprint though with new iphone, they could work with that size to dissipate heat easier now.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 08:19

5. Antimio (Posts: 279; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


why did you removed the "GNow VS Siri VS Cortana" article?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:27

7. mrblah (Posts: 528; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


A nice glimpse at the world's most powerful mobile cpu.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:57 2

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Exynos 5433 and K1 Denver beg to differ. ;)

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:14 1

9. remtothemax (Posts: 239; Member since: 02 May 2012)


why would you even bother leaking this?
you want leaked images of the A57? just give me five minutes in photoshop.
even if it is real, it is a black rectangle with A8 on it.
why even bother with this?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 11:21

13. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 57; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


"iPhone 5 (that featured the Cyclone processor), improved on it in the iPhone 5s (with the Swift processor)"
You have it backwards, the iPhone 5 featured the Swift processor and the iPhone 5s featured the Cyclone processor.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 12:31

14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3630; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I think every time PA posts a click bait article, they should also post an article stating there is a new article on PA.

That is how ridiculous it is getting.

To the owner of PA: Please ask your editors to work harder getting news items. There's a lot of much more interesting news out there and it will generate clicks without disappointing your users.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 19:09

16. epdm2be (Posts: 185; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


quad core cpu but a meager 1GiB of RAM? Yeah, great move Apple.

Being stingy is all fine if your screen resolution won't change. But we all know that the 4,7" and 5,5" iPhones WILL have a higher resolution display (because you always brag about that) and therefore NEED more RAM.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 11:04

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 12400; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If it has more RAM, you'll simply find something else to nag about. Shhhhhhhh...

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