Beyond the iPhone 8: future Apple handsets to support 4K and advanced AR/VR with the new PowerVR graphics architecture


Mobile chipsets with PowerVR GPUs (graphics processing units) have a track record of beating the competition in graphics performance, a tribute to the engineering prowess of their creator Imagination Technologies. On Wednesday, the British-based company announced a brand new GPU architecture called PowerVR Furian – the first major architecture upgrade since PowerVR Rogue which premiered in 2010.

In layman's terms, these next-get Furian graphics cards are bringing big performance and power efficiency boosts to the table. Apple is a stakeholder and licencee in Imagination Technologies and has been using the PowerVR series in many of its devices, so we will almost certainly see Cupertino employ the new technology in the future. This in turn means that upcoming iPhones will be capable of supporting 4K graphics, higher-resolution gaming, demanding machine learning apps, and improved augmented/virtual reality capabilities, all without breaking the battery bank.

Sam Rosen, managing director and VP, video, OTT, and AR/VR at ABI Research has commented on the new Furian architecture:


Of course, Imagination Technologies also went to into detail about the improvements that the new Furian series have achieved. Compared to a similar sized and clocked 7XT Plus GPU on the Rogue architecture, the new 8XT GPUs boast between a 70-90% enhancement in gaming performance by density, including 35% improved GFLOPS performance and 80% fillrate density improvement for better UI and casual gaming.

The new technology has already been licensed to manufacturers and should be available in mobile devices by the end of 2018. This indicates that we won't see it on the iPhone 8, but a Furian GPU might be present in Apple's next year flagship.

source: Imagination Technologies via MacRumors

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23 Comments

1. KRISTIJANJE

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

vauuuuuu. Not.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

furian planned use 7nm.. don't expect to see it in the next 1-2 years sourcehttps://www.imgtec.com/powervr/graphics/furian/ via techreport

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Interesting That means there's going quite a big gap between 7XT Plus (2016) and 8XT (2018-2019) I wonder if that's another reason why Apple is heavily rumored to switch to their own GPU architecture

9. Lodix

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

TSMC will have their 7nm process in mass production next year ( 2018 ) and the iPhone surely will use it in their chip.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What is this clickbait article? If this will come to the iphones is must be 2030, by then the iphone will be dead!

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why the heck are you trolling everywhere? Just yesterday I caught you showing your derpness here: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-tries-to-calm-its-users-after-the-latest-WikiLeaks-publication-but-Cupertinos-statement-does-raise-some-questions_id91790/comments You should quit such childish acts for everyone's sake. Be serious maaaann........if you are one!

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Why you dont talk thats way Amash to your fellow apple lover thats do the same thing on android news? double standard much?

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Please don't assume everything just by seeing my logo. I chose this Apple logo to bring out all those who think everyone with an Apple DP are sure to be ifans. And you are another fish that got caught in my trap. So know that I am not an Apple lover. Am completely unbiased. As far as your statement is concerned, I have targetted many people who seem derps, and will continue if I am not lazy to do so, regardless of which brand's side they are on. It's a must for me to correct them and ask them to stop trolling. So please marorun, don't try to make conclusions about me if you haven't read all my 599 comments. Even 'you' know SIGPRO wrote a stupid comment above......!

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

See comment no. 15 if you wanna see my credibility.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Forgot to include its better than 7XT on the same procces node. Consider this will be on 10nm so it will be even better

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

5. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Thats the reason apple A 10 GPU was unable to sustain the peak performance for longer duration. The GPU inside was of an older architecture and apple might have clocked it higher to increase the performance . This the reason why linley group has placed adreno 530 ahead of A 10s GPU.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apple clocked it nearly 50% higher to increase the peak performance, but only for a short period of time. 1 minute to be exact. After that, it starts to throttle a little bit. But not badly. The Adreno 530 seems to be better in regards to less throttling. Though at peak levels, it just cannot match the A10's customized 7XT Plus. But I guess most people will agree that sustained performance is better for the taking.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its throttle by nearly 50% after 30 min of gaming ( making it as fast as the 6S ) Adreno 530 only loose 10-15% after 30 min wich make it still faster than the A10 gpu for gaming because we all know you dont game for 1 min right?

7. kerginaldo17 unregistered

I think sammy is developing the 7nm architecture too.Maybe 2018 or soon. Technology never sleeps.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Early 2018, according to recent news.

8. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

4k displays and enhanced AR/VR capabilities are already possible with the S835 and Exynos 8895 chips.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The A10 Fusion just wasn't designed to AR/VR. Otherwise it has the power to do so.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

in fact with the SD820 and 821 its already possible lol.

13. davthom123

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

the one place apple never fails to deliver,its CPUs/gpus.the only thing I am ever jealous of when it comes to iphones is gaming

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Fret not. Phones like the Oneplus 3T are also masters of that field. So what if they aren't experts yet. Don't lose hope.....

16. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

First Mali G71 and now PwerVR 8XT! The GPU game is on.

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

4k screen on iphone? maybe in 5 years lol.

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