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The iPhone 5's A6 is a dual-core CPU and tri-core GPU

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The iPhone 5's A6 is a dual-core CPU and tri-core GPU
The iPhone 5 is out, which means the real answers about the innards are starting to get sorted out. We saw the teardown, and now we're getting the real scoop on the A6 processor, and its core structure. As we all know, Apple doesn't really care about marketing towards spec nerds. If you care about clock speeds and such, an Apple announcement isn't the place for you. 

The iPhone 5's A6 is a dual-core CPU and tri-core GPU
So, the good folks at UBM TechInsights have examined the A6 SoC using diffusion imagery, and have found out some, but not all of the details. It looks like the A6 is built with a dual-core CPU, and each core is clocked at 1GHz. The GPU has 3 cores, and is assumed to be running at 266MHz, but that is unclear. It is assumed that the GPU is a PowerVR SGX 543MP3, but again that isn't confirmed. The CPU is of course a custom job made by Samsung. 

UBM has estimated that the die in total is just under 100mm.

Of course, those are all just numbers, and with properly optimized software, the numbers don't really make much difference. 

source: AnandTech via Ars Technica

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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:00 9

1. StephenGalop (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Intel FTW!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:11 2

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Inside the Apple iPhone 5: Estimated Bill of Materials Costings, Teardown Images, A6 Processor Analysis"

http://ubmtechinsights.com/apple-iphone-5/

Costings:
http://ubmtechinsights.com/uploadedImages/Public_Website/Content_-_Primary/Teardowns/2012/iPhone_5_Teardown/iPhone5-BOM-comparison.JPG

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:25 4

5. StephenGalop (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


iDont care, Intel FTW!!!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:35 2

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I saw what you wrote and gave you a +1 :)
In my comment #3 I just posted more info related to this article.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 22:29 2

15. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


nobody cares... your're just taking up space and making this page take longer to load ;)

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 07:52 1

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I care, I'm interested in technologies, does phonearena.com not about them ? :(

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 03:56 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Yup, that's about right.. not even $170 in parts on the new phone. Tach on another 20-60 per unit for pay/utilities ect and that's the cost of the phone... around $250ish per unit. They sell it for $600+ to carriers and make gargantuan profits.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 05:23

22. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


And that's just the phone you computed. What about all those iPhone exclusive accessories?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 07:56 1

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Parts + Manufacturing + Design + Marketing + Logistics + Packing + Profit = Device Price

But yes, I agree iPhone 5 is overpriced as hell.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 13:15 1

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4070; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's Apple. Wasn't the cost for parts for the Nexus 7 around $180? And Google is selling it for $200...

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:02 1

2. hung2900 (Posts: 805; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


PowerVR SGX 544 Mp3??? I think only it can be equivalent to more than 2x GPU performance of iPhone4s (SGX 543Mp2) without bumping power consumption.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:34 2

6. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


See glbenchmark.com iphone 5 has grt graphic performance.. just second to snapdragon s4 aderano 320

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:43 2

9. hung2900 (Posts: 805; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


GLBenchmark 2.1 Egypt Classic - Offscreen (1080p) :

iPhone 5: 90.7 fps
Xiao Mi2: 77.8 fps

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 21:09 1

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


We can't compare hardware performance since both devices uses different OS. Benchmarks can't directly test hardware because benchmarks runs on OS.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 21:29 1

14. hung2900 (Posts: 805; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I know it's not exactly relevant between benchmakr and CPU/GPU raw strength. I just answered to @abhishek48 that about benchmark iPhone 5 is still better than a S4 Pro powered phone.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:24 13

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Lol tri core processor only...
What next?
Tear down the screen and confirm it is a 3.999 inches instead of 4? Lolol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:41 4

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Seems that you don't get the purpose of it. ;)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:44 4

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


Just wanna know how much marketing gimmicks that Apple wanna trick us :)
Is that the real purpose?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 21:04 2

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Purpose is to know much as possible about how good or bad is build this device, to know what components were used in current device and by what manufacturers was they made in this case we approximately can know what is "material" cost of each part and whole device prime cost. :)

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:15 3

25. medicci37 (Posts: 653; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


@ Wendy Last week u kept saying how awesome the iphone is. I'm confused ?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:30 1

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I also have noticed that long time ago, he is flustered. :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 23:41 1

18. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Lol! Possible. Maybe the glass coating is a magnifying glass or some sort.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 21:28 1

13. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


we have to ask Samsung to be sure.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 01:15

20. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Now this is funny!! Sammy would know seeing how they do make a few of the parts that goes into the device. lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 22:45 1

16. ScruffyNerfHerder (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"The CPU is of course a custom job made by Samsung."

Why do you make this claim?? It makes no sense as Samsung has never designed their own SOC CPUs and their next gen has already been announced to be an off the shelf Cortex A15 CPU, not a custom design like this own. More likely, Apple paid alot of money to ARM to help their own design team design it, but that's just practical speculation on my part.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 23:06

17. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


A6 is designed by Apple - Samsung is the foundry that manufactured A6 - I think that's what writer intended to mean. 'Made' is a misleading term though. Snapdragons are designed by Qualcomm - manufactured by foundries like TSMC, UMC. Yet it's a Qualcomm chip just like A6 is an apple chip. Whoever designs a chip is actually its maker.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 00:41 1

19. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


"As we all
know, Apple doesn't really care about marketing towards spec nerds."
Ii slightly disagree with you on this, Apple care to talk about tech specs of it's device, but only when it's on par with competition. If it's not on par with competition then Apple just talk about the optamisation, and how fast their new device is compared to previous generation device. If you remember last year at the launch of iPhone 4s, apple announced that iPhone 4s is running on dual core processor. But since this yr. competition has moved on to quad core, so Apple though it appropriate to skip the technical specs.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 13:19

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4070; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Exactly. Apple markets the crap out of specs, as long as they're better or on par with the competition.

Main example; the new iPad. They milked the absolute living hell out of the quad-core graphics. Now that they released something that's already been outdone, they just marketed the optimizations of the OS.

Apple mind tricks.

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