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

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. 

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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28 Comments

1. StephenGalop

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Intel FTW!

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

5. StephenGalop

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

iDont care, Intel FTW!!!

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

15. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

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

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

22. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Parts + Manufacturing + Design + Marketing + Logistics + Packing + Profit = Device Price But yes, I agree iPhone 5 is overpriced as hell.

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

6. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

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

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

GLBenchmark 2.1 Egypt Classic - Offscreen (1080p) : iPhone 5: 90.7 fps Xiao Mi2: 77.8 fps

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

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

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

10. wendygarett unregistered

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

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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. :)

25. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

18. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

13. redmd

Posts: 1925; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

we have to ask Samsung to be sure.

20. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

16. ScruffyNerfHerder

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

17. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

19. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 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.

28. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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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